2007
Internship M.B.A. program prepares students by providing experience

Internship M.B.A. program prepares students by providing experience
March 23, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Employers today seek out those individuals whose academic backgrounds are complemented by work experience. Internships can be extremely beneficial to students, graduates or anyone looking for hands-on expertise. As an intern, students can develop knowledge, competencies and experience related directly to their career goal. The Benedictine University Internship Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is designed specifically for recent college graduates. Upon acceptance into the Internship M.B.A. program, a student is partnered with a faculty advisor. This advisor provides practical assistance such as answering questions and overseeing the internship, as well as offering support and encouragement. “The mentoring relationship underscores the Benedictine difference,” said Sharon Borowicz, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor, Benedictine M.B.A. programs. “We are committed to seeing our students succeed, and we give them the individualized attention they deserve to reach their academic and career goals.” The Benedictine University Internship M.B.A. program offers a professional internship experience as the M.B.A. concentration. Students complete 64 credits in 13 core M.B.A. courses plus three internship courses. Classes are conducted in evenings, weekends and online to allow for the demands of day-time internships. In addition to learning valuable new skills and getting the practical experience that employers want to see on a resume, students who perform internships are given an opportunity to explore their field of interest. Whether students ultimately enjoy their chosen career field or not, they will know before investing years of time and effort. A Benedictine M.B.A. internship can also lead to a full-time job. The Graduate Management Admission Council surveyed 690 companies worldwide who hire M.B.A. program graduates. Of the companies that hire M.B.A. interns, more than 70 percent said that when they seek to hire new employees, they first interview people who have done M.B.A. internships with them. This survey underscores how important an M.B.A. internship can be in the quest for full-time employment – especially in a weak economy when employers look for new employees with experience that is directly relevant to the positions they seek to fill. A Benedictine M.B.A. internship also allows the student to establish new contacts, mentors and references. Securing a job is much easier when a student has a handful of recommendations from industry professionals. The Benedictine University M.B.A. is widely recognized as a powerful professional credential, in business and other organizations. The M.B.A. combines quantitative and qualitative courses to prepare individuals for the demands of contemporary business leadership, in a complex, uncertain environment. The M.B.A. conveys practical knowledge and competence to better run organizations in a competitive environment. Essential skills needed in management include accounting, economics, project management, finance, strategy, marketing and ethics. The M.B.A. is an essential factor for an individual’s career growth and leadership development. For more information about the Internship M.B.A. Program at Benedictine University, call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300, e-mail admissions@ben.edu or visit www.ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.