Internship in Business is designed to provide students real-world experience in a business-related area while they work toward completing their degree. This experiential learning course emphasizes learned skills, exposure to business techniques, and hands-on experience within a business enterprise.
Credit: 1 semester-hour
Frequency: meets 4 times during the semester
Duration: 16 weeks
To enroll in the internship course, the graduate student must secure an internship position at an organization outside the University. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, although they may request assistance from Concordia-Chicago staff. All work sites should be vetted and positions must be approved by the course instructor and Program Chair.
Many Concordia-Chicago graduate business students seek out internships in their chosen field of study in positions with job titles such as: marketing intern coordinator, management trainee, IT analyst, marketing analyst, management intern, etc.
The internship course is open to any domestic or international student currently enrolled in a graduate business program. International students, please click here for more information about employment types, requirements and conditions.
Module 1. Graduate students develop an Internship Learning Contract that outlines the learning objectives and activities that will be performed in the internship. The student, supervisor and faculty sign the Internship Contract.
Module 2. Students seek out informational interviews and networking events within the internship industry. An informational interview is not a job interview, but a low-stress way to gather information by connecting with professionals in your field of interest and gaining insight from those conversations. Informational interviewing is a powerful way to build and expand your professional network, to learn more about your chosen field or industry, and clarify your internship and career development goals.
Module 3. Students identify the ethical standards within organizations and strategize how to navigate ethical dilemmas. A discussion exercise will require the student to identify an ethical dilemma within the internship organization, explore the circumstances leading to the situation, evaluate how it was handled, and develop strategies to handle ethical dilemmas in the future. The students' reflection journals are reviewed, in which students document the questions, perceptions, feelings, and new skills learned throughout the internship.
Module 4. Students summarize their internship experience and its contribution toward career development. The interns revisit to their signed Internship Learning contracts and retrospectively evaluate the learning goals and activities. Students create and present a final project using PowerPoint, summarizing their work activities, course discussions and assignments in order to to understand and describe the career development that has occurred over the course of the semester.
The internship course was great, as it made me more cognizant of my development at work. I was very happy with the class sessions as we discussed the different challenges and ways for improvement in the workplace. This course also made me realize the various struggles international students working in America go through, and it was refreshing to realize that many others have the same issues I do. This class was a great experience and Professor Dellegrazie is a great resource on the CUC campus. —Muhammad Kumbar
Students starting internships for the first time will find the internship course useful for providing the information they need to get started. Internships in the U.S. are slightly different than in my home country, so it’s very helpful to share the experience with American students and professors at CUC. —Jisoo Park
The Graduate Internship in Business course at Concordia- Chicago definitely helped me track my progress at my internship and improve my skills and potential. Professor Dellegrazie makes thecourse interesting and challenging by assigning bi-weekly tasks. The tasks helped me to make the most of my internship and proceed to a fruitful career as a Digital Marketer. I would highly recommend that every student at Concordia-Chicago take this course during their internship and start building their resume for the real world.