Applying for Internships

An internship is a great way to gain real-world experience, build your résumé and develop your skill set. Unlike a full-time job, an internship may not offer income, benefits or company perks. An internship provides you with:

  • Experience in your field of study
  • Insight into your potential career paths
  • A network of business contacts

Employers also use internships to evaluate and identify full-time job candidates. In today’s competitive job market, many companies are using the internship pool to review and select candidates to hire as full-time employees upon graduation.

Study Abroad

Olin BSBA students have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom. Some BSBA study abroad programs provide mainly academic study, while the International Internship Programs incorporate full-time internships. For more information on study abroad opportunities, visit the BSBA International Study web page.

Types of Internships

  • Credit vs. not-for-credit
  • Paid vs. unpaid
  • Summer vs. during the school term
  • Volunteerism

For more information on the types of internships, refer to page 39 of the Career Guide. The WCC also publishes an Internship Guide that provides additional information to manage your search.

Use the following guidelines to manage your internship search process:

Start Early

Attend company information sessions, Meet the Firms, fall and spring career fair or other company-related events. Attending these events will provide networking and relationship-building opportunities as well as the chance to learn about different companies and their typical time frames for promoting internships.


Internships Preparedness is critical to launching an effective and efficient internship search. Start your research early. Define your interests and internship objectives. Highlight your skills and accomplishments on your résumé. Practice your interviewing skills to ensure you are prepared to close the deal during the interview.

Be Creative

Experience, which can come from a variety of sources, is a key takeaway from your internship. Develop opportunities for yourself by considering volunteer work, offering to work part time and talking to professionals in the area in which you are interested in working.

For more information on searching for internships and making the most out of your internship, refer to pages 36-37 of the Career Guide.

To meet with a career coach, schedule an appointment online, email, call 314-935-5950, or stop by the WCC in Knight Hall 210.