Internships for the Paseka School of Business

  • Internships provide outstanding opportunities for students or new graduates to work in a professional environment, learn new skills and help their employers complete challenging projects.

    You will gain valuable, real-world experience and explore careers that match your academic and personal interests. This practical experience reinforces a commitment to the profession, helps you narrow a career path and elevates your professional ethics and values.

    Internships may be credit or non-credit bearing; paid or unpaid; full time or part time; taken for a short duration or over the course of a year. While not required, approximately one-third of our students complete an internship, which often proves to be valuable and dynamic learning experiences. Many employers consider internships during the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best candidates for full-time positions.

    This is what you will gain by participating in a professional internship:  

    • Developing professional skills in teamwork, time management and interpersonal communication.
    • Gaining insight into the business field and narrowing a career path.
    • Integrating knowledge gained in the classroom with a growing understanding of the work environment.
    • Building professional networking contacts and mentoring relationships.
    • Acquiring experience and skills to enhance personal growth and self-confidence.
    • Sharing real-world work experiences with other students.
    • Growing into a viable, marketable job applicant when seeking full-time employment.

  • Benefits to Student

    • Students will acquire experience and skills that will enhance their personal growth and development.
    • Theoretical classroom learning becomes more legitimized as the student is offered the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship which exists among the partners in the Internship Program: the student, the employer and the educational institution.
    • Students will be able to experience different types of jobs. This experience will not only increase self confidence but, most importantly, will help the student decide a career path.
    • Students bring information back to the classroom and provide feedback in real life case studies in the classroom.
    • Depending on the work term placement, the student may be provided with the opportunity to travel.
        

    Employer Benefits and Opportunities

    • Employers are offered an opportunity to establish an important link with the University and become involved in the educational process.
    • Employers have access to bright, ambitious, hard working and highly motivated students who are a source of year-round temporary help. They provide fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the company.
    • Employers are provided an opportunity to recruit, select and train staff for permanent employment and reduce the time and cost of recruiting.
    • Employers benefit through the opportunity to establish and strengthen links between the classroom and the business community. This relationship can enhance company profiles.
    • Employers are provided with an opportunity to utilize internship students as an integral component of business strategy which could enable the employer to meet and exceed business goals, improve quality, improve productivity and lower costs.
    1. Read the Internship Program Requirements & Guidelines.
    2. Apply for and successfully be selected for an internship. Strategies:
      • Watch for emails from the PSB on internship opportunities
      • Work with the campus Career Development Center
      • Contact employers of interest to you/watch their website
       
    3. Schedule an appointment with:
      Jane L. Pettinger, SPHR
      Experiential Learning Coordinator
      Center for Business Room 206
      pettinger@mnstate.edu
      Phone: 218.477.4694
        
    4. Complete the Internship Agreement form with your internship employer/supervisor.
    5. Print your Academic Record and resume to be turned in with the Agreement.
    6. Obtain a copy of the position description for your internship employer/supervisor to be turned in with the Agreement:
      • Internship Agreement
      • Academic Record/Transcript
      • Resume
      • Position Description
       
    7. Submit the completed Internship Application and Agreement paperwork as listed above to the Experiential Learning Coordinator.
    8. Once an override has been processed, register for Academic Credit

    Upon beginning your internship:

    • The student intern will submit a typed daily journal which will include a description of activities and insights gained.
    • Participate in a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation of your work.
    • The student will write an analytical paper at the conclusion of the internship describing the overall experience and an analysis of how the learning objectives were accomplished. The student will be provided detailed instructions about the content and format of this paper. Required Outline for Analytical Paper
    • Submit a final paper according to the schedule agreed upon with the Internship Coordinator
        

    Internship Supervisor

    • The intern supervisor will submit a written evaluation at midterm. The form will be provided by the internship coordinator.
    • The intern supervisor will submit a written evaluation at the conclusion of the internship. The form will be provided by the internship coordinator.

    Current internship opportunities are emailed to all Paseka School of Business students as they become available.

    Additional internships can be found at DragonJobs.

    Program Purpose

    The objective of the internship program is to provide students who possess the necessary academic credentials an opportunity to receive supervised practical experience in accounting while obtaining credit toward graduation. Although many of our students find and have some sort of employment during their college years, this internship program is designed to offer a more challenging type of experience related to the student's career interest.

    Getting Started

    The initiative for establishing an internship may come from the business firm or governmental agency, a faculty member or a student. Each firm wishing to participate in the internship program must submit a description of what supervised training will be provided to the intern. The internship must be a new work experience for the student and must be approved in writing by the Paseka School of Business Internship Coordinator. Existing jobs do not quality unless there is a significant change in duties performed.

    NOTE - Internships in family businesses are discouraged.

    Internship applicants should attempt to schedule their internships in such a way that they will have at least one academic term remaining after the internship is completed.

    Student Eligibility

    Students must meet the following criteria for internship credit:

    1. Must be admitted into the Paseka School of Business (thus having at least 60 credits/junior standing and a GPA of 2.5 at that time)
    2. Each applicant for the internship program shall attempt to schedule his/her internship in such a way that he/she shall have at least one full semester remaining at the completion of the program. This is strongly suggested but not required.
    3. Course Requirements by degree:
      • Accounting: Must have completed ACCT 330 and one additional 3 credit accounting course above 330.
      • Business Administration: Must have completed MGMT 260 and 6 credits of MSUM business courses at the 300-level or higher.
      • Finance: Must have completed 3 credits in MSUM finance courses beyond FINC 340.
      • Management: Must have completed 6 credits in MSUM management courses beyond MGMT 260.
      • Marketing: Must have completed 6 credits in MSUM marketing courses beyond MKTG 270.
       
    4. Granting of Credit and Grading
      • Internships must be approved in advance of actually starting the internship.
      • Existing jobs do not qualify unless there is a change of duties verified by a supervisor.
      • The internship must be a minimum of ten weeks in length.
      • Each applicant for the internship program may apply for 1 - 12 semester hours of credit although only three semester hours may be applied toward the completion of any particular major. The balance of the academic credit applied for and earned shall be counted as "free electives". A total of 40 hours of supervised internship training are required for each hour of credit granted.
      • A grade of "IP" (work in progress) will be assigned until the following requirements are completed:
        • At the conclusion of the internship, each firm shall furnish the Internship Coordinator with a meaningful evaluation of the intern's work performance.
        • Each intern must submit a written report relating the responsibilities of the internship to knowledge acquired in the classroom.
        • Each intern will submit a daily journal which will include a description of activities and insights gained.
      • Grading will be pass/no credit. Requirements must be met for all credits for which the intern registers. Interns may not withdraw from a portion of the internship.

        

    Compensation

    Some interns will be compensated by the firm for activities performed, but need not be at a rate commensurate with that of a regular employee. However, an intern is free to accept a non-paid position.

    For Further Information

    Contact the Experiential Learning Coordinator:
    Jane L. Pettinger
    Experiential Learning Coordinator
    Center for Business Room 206
    Phone: 218.477.4694
    pettinger@mnstate.edu

    Over the past four years, accounting students in the Paseka School of Business have had internships in these locations. Many of these internships are located in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

    Not all of these internships were for pay, but the range for paid accounting internships was $9.50 - $30.00 with the average being $15.78.

    Appareo Systems
    Bell State Bank & Trust
    Eide Bailly
    Tax Pros/Nameniuk & Co.
    John Deere Electronic Solutions
    Northern Lights
    Widmer Roel
    Bekkerus Schott Helmeke DeConcini Johnson
    Unity Holdings Inc.
    Mac 4 ND
    MinnDak Magic LLC
    MSUM Bookstore
    Ottertail Corporation
    Discovery Benefits
    Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
    Trollwood Performing Arts School
    US Bank
    Gate City Bank
    Aldevron
    Archway
    Baker Tilly
    JP Morgan Chase
    Sanford Health
    Scheels
    National Hospitality Services
    Michael A. Litch Ltd.
    Wadena County
    Tuffy’s Pet Foods Inc.
    David Nameniuk, CPA
    JD & Associates, LTD
    RDO Equipment
    Wanzek Construction
     

    Previous Business Administration & Management Internship Sponsors

    Over the past four years, business administration students in the Paseka School of Business have had internships in these locations. Many of these internships are located in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

    Not all of these internships were for pay, but the range for paid business administration internships was $8.00 - $19.00 with the average being $12.84.

    United States Attorney's Office
    Caterpillar
    Professional Building Services
    American Family Insurance
    Dragon Athletics
    American Red Cross
    Sanford Medical Center Fargo
    D-S Beverages
    First International Bank and Trust
    CCRI (Creative Care for Reaching Independence)
    Farmer's Union Insurance
    Doosan Info & Communications America
    Gate City Bank
    INREIT Management, LLC
    Sodexo
    State Farm Insurance
    Sagency LCC
    Bremer Bank
    International Student Services
    Disney College Program
    Sanford Health
    Essentia Health
    St. Paul's Newman Center
    Keller Williams Realty
    Wells Fargo
    All American Tittle Company
    Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
    Absolute Marketing Group
    Country Inn & Suites/Bigwood Event Center
    Fargo Cork N' Cleaver
    FM Team of Keller Williams
    Subway
    Northwestern Mutual
    Dry Goods
    Bethany Retirement Living
    Citi Lites Locating
    Bremer Bank
    SJE-Rhombus
    Carpet World
    Red Carpet Carwash
    Bobcat/Doosan
     

    Previous Finance Internship Sponsors

    Over the past four years, finance students in the Paseka School of Business have had internships in these locations. Many of these internships are located in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

    Not all of these internships were for pay, but the range for paid finance internships was $10.00 - $15.00 with the average being $13.08.

    Sandford Health
    Bell Bank
    Valley Express Inc.
    BlackRidge Financial
    Border States Electric
    Country Financial
    RDO Equipment Co
    Western State Bank
    US Bank
    Choice Financial Group
    Gate City Bank
    Cornerstone Bank
    Northwestern Bank
    Wells Fargo
    New York Life

    Previous Marketing Internship Sponsors

    Over the past four years, marketing students in the Paseka School of Business have had internships in these locations. Many of these internships are located in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

    Not all of these internships were for pay, but the range for paid marketing internships was $9.00 - $20.00 with the average being $13.70.

    American Red Cross
    Fargo Force
    Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks
    Fargo Park District
    O’Day Equipment
    MSUM Athletics
    Dog I.D.’s
    Swanson Health Products
    Border States Electric
    Sanford Health
    IHG-International Hotels Group
    Alps a DST Company
    International Marketing Systems
    Advanced Striping and Sealcoating
    Sanford AirMed
    Mudpumpers Mudjacking
    Como Oil Company of Florida
    Cultural Diversity Resources
    Target Corporation
    Starbucks
    Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau
    MSUM Go! Team
    Heat Transfer Warehouse