Herberger Business School Internship Program

Employers

Contact Information
Dr. Emil Towner, Internship Director
Herberger Business School
Centennial Hall Room 324
Phone: 320.308.4068
Email: ebtowner@stcloudstate.edu

Thank you for your interest in our students and in the Herberger Business School (HBS) Internship Program.

We've been busy looking at the Internship Program and making some changes which we hope will increase the professional opportunities for our students – and for the employers who hire them. In most majors, HBS now offers credit for part-time work experiences that meet the criteria set. (Credit for part-time internships is not allowed for Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate majors.) Outlined below is some of the basic information about the internship program, the students who participate, and how you can be involved in the process. This has been divided between the full-time internships and the part-time internships, although many of the forms and procedures will be the same for both. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, don’t hesitate to contact the Internship Office directly.

Full-Time Internships

Student Requirements

Students in the HBS who are interested in receiving academic credit for their full-time internship must be a declared major with HBS Upper Division Status and be a senior at the time they intern. Our general rule is that they not take any other classes during the internship. We want them to be entirely focused on the internship and give it 100% of their attention. In addition, we require that they return to campus for at least one semester after the internship. During this semester, they will be writing their internship paper and doing a class presentation in order to receive a grade for the internship experience.

Job Requirements

The three general requirements of all these credit-bearing internships are that the students work full-time (35-40 hours per week) for as close to 15 weeks as possible, and they must be paid. At the current time, the minimum wage for these internships is $8 per hour. We have made some limited exceptions to the salary requirement for non-profit organizations, so please feel free to contact the appropriate department chair directly if you need to discuss that issue.

Employer Requirements

Discussing Possible Internships

If you are considering offering an internship but want to discuss the options, duties, and opportunities that you might offer, please email the Internship Director. Please include as many details as possible (such as start/end dates, job description/duties, possible majors that should apply, etc.). Then, the Internship Director can contact you to set up a phone conversation or meeting time.

The job description is reviewed by the appropriate department chair within the HBS. If the internship is being set up for a specific student, please provide that student's name along with the job description. Once approved, you will be contacted by the department.

Posting and Promoting an Internship 

If you already have an internship position that you would like to promote, the first step is to follow the instructions for signing up on the SCSU job site (i.e., Handshake): https://www.stcloudstate.edu/careercenter/jobs-internships/listings/default.aspxNOTE: Scroll down about halfway until you see “Employers,” and then click on “instructions.”

Once you’re registered, please upload any internship positions (since this is how many of our business students find internships). From there, we can work with you to promote any internship opportunities (see the info directly below).

After posting any positions on Handshake, please email the Internship Director a copy (in PDF or Word doc) of each opportunity you posted on Handshake. Those descriptions will be used to help promote the opportunity to faculty and students. 

Working with a Specific Student 

You’re free to work directly with students who apply for the internship. In other words, you can use your normal hiring procedure to choose the best candidate for the position. 

Once a student is interviewed by you, offered the internship and accepts the position, the student should follow the Internship Approval Process to apply for internship credit. That process is intended to make sure the student and the position meet the requirements. If the internship is approved, the student simply enrolls in the course. In the rare case that an internship is not approved, the student can still participate in the internship (it just wouldn’t be for credit at that point).

Part-Time Internships

Student Requirements

Students in the HBS who are interested in receiving academic credit for their part-time internship must be a declared major with HBS Upper Division Status and be at least a junior at the time they intern. All part-time internships will be done for 3 credits, and they can take no more than 10 other credits from all sources during the semester in which internship credit is granted. If the part-time internship is done during the summer, the student may only take one additional class in each of the two separate summer sessions. In addition, we require that they return to campus for at least one semester after the internship. During this semester, they will be writing their internship paper and doing a class presentation in order to receive a grade for the internship experience.

Job Requirements

They must work a minimum of 12 hours per week (and no more than 20 hours per week) for the length of the semester. All part-time interns must be paid at least $8/hour, unless the internship is with a non-profit organization. Those situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis within the School of Business.

Employer Requirements

Discussing Possible Internships

If you are considering offering an internship but want to discuss the options, duties, and opportunities that you might offer, please email the Internship Director. Please include as many details as possible (such as start/end dates, job description/duties, possible majors that should apply, etc.). Then, the Internship Director can contact you to set up a phone conversation or meeting time.

The job description is reviewed by the appropriate department chair within the HBS. If the internship is being set up for a specific student, please provide that student's name along with the job description. Once approved, you will be contacted by the department.

Posting and Promoting an Internship 

If you already have an internship position that you would like to promote, the first step is to follow the instructions for signing up on the SCSU job site (i.e., Handshake): https://www.stcloudstate.edu/careercenter/jobs-internships/listings/default.aspxNOTE: Scroll down about halfway until you see “Employers,” and then click on “instructions.”

Once you’re registered, please upload any internship positions (since this is how many of our business students find internships). From there, we can work with you to promote any internship opportunities (see the info directly below).

After posting any positions on Handshake, please email the Internship Director a copy (in PDF or Word doc) of each opportunity you posted on Handshake. Those descriptions will be used to help promote the opportunity to faculty and students. 

Working with a Specific Student 

You’re free to work directly with students who apply for the internship. In other words, you can use your normal hiring procedure to choose the best candidate for the position. 

Once a student is interviewed by you, offered the internship and accepts the position, the student should follow the Internship Approval Process to apply for internship credit. That process is intended to make sure the student and the position meet the requirements. If the internship is approved, the student simply enrolls in the course. In the rare case that an internship is not approved, the student can still participate in the internship (it just wouldn’t be for credit at that point).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Internships be done anytime during the year?

Yes. Most of our internships track with the semesters, but this isn't an absolute requirement. Fall semester typically starts around the last week in August and ends right before Christmas. Spring semester starts around the middle of January and usually ends the second week in May (around Mother’s Day weekend). Summer interns should be available from around the middle of May to the end of August.

Is one time of the year better than another?

Our feeling is that the timing of the internships should be dictated by employer need. We typically see more students looking for summer internships. In certain industries (i.e.; public accounting), internships are more realistic during the school year. Regardless of when your internship is offered, we should have students interested in the opportunities available.

Can students work part-timeeither before of after the Internship?

Yes. We oftentimes find companies which need to either have a student start before the next semester, or continue after the internship. Our primary concern is that the students follow our guidelines during the semester in which they receive credit. If they start early, or continue working after the internship semester, this is entirely up to the employer and student involved. Our hope is that the longer the student can stay on the job, the better the overall work experience for both parties.

If we offer the same Internship year after year, do we need to go through the paperwork each time?

No. If an internship is approved for credit once and the employer wishes to offer the same internship in future years, there is no need to renew the paperwork each year. The Internship Office will try to check with the employer every 3-4 years to make certain that the job description on file continues to be current. In some cases, an updated job description is called for so that both the school and the students know what is expected of the intern.

What about employee benefits?

Interns are temporary employees and we rarely see them offered any fringe benefits. Some employers have included them in offering pay for holidays, such as the 4th of July, that are typically available to the permanent employees. These types of additional incentive are up to the employer.

What if we don't meet the requirements for a credit Internship?

While we have many students who are specifically looking for academic credit for their internship, we also have students who don’t need the credit and are simply looking for work experience in their major prior to graduation. The Internship Office is happy to work with all employers to determine the best way to advertise whatever positions are available.