Business Career Services believes that experiential learning through internship positions is a critical component in the training of today's business students.

Internship experience can provide each student with "real-world," pre-professional experience that may shape the rest of a career journey. Business Career Services provides guidance, support, and resources to every Quinlan student who wishes to pursue an internship experience.

Internship Program Information

General Internship Guidelines

All internships, including virtual internships, must clearly meet the criteria set forth by the National Association for Colleges and Employers:

  1. The internship experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Some experiences do NOT qualify as an internship:

  1. Positions that displace a regular full-time or part-time employee.
  2. Position that are 100-percent commission-based.
  3. Positions that require door-to-door canvassing, cold-calling, telemarketing, or petition gathering as the primary activity.
  4. “Independent contractor” relationships that require the intern to set up his/her own business to sell products, services, and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business.
  5. Positions in which the student is required to pay the employer for any part of the experience (e.g., fees for training).

Please note:  The list above is not exhaustive and Loyola University Chicago reserves the right to deny any internship that raises a concern with faculty or staff members.

Private sector employers need to be familiar with the United States Department of Labor guidelines for legally offering unpaid internships, as most opportunities are actually employment that requires payment.

The Internship Search Process

Many employers claim they will only hire business students who have at least one internship experience on his/her resume. Besides being a key to future employment opportunities, internships can be the first step in establishing a professional network, collegial relationships and a clearer career development path. If you are interested in internship experience, your next steps are like any other job search—a process:

1) Self-Assessment: Decide why you want an internship. Are you prepared to work without compensation if necessary? What would you like to gain from an internship experience?

2) Career Exploration: Research some companies or geographic areas where you might want to search for an internship. Use Hoovers Pro or Handshake to research some industries. Create a "wish list" of employers or position types that you want to work toward attaining.

3) Decision Making: Making the decisions about internship location, compensation, etc. will lead to launching your search.

4) Acting on your decision*: Prepare yourself for a job search! An internship search is almost identical to a job search. Business Career Services can provide advising, workshop, and online resources to assist you with this step.

5) Evaluation: Once your internship is complete, reflect on the experience before moving forward in your career development. This is the time to decide if you want to set up another internship before graduating and how that might be different from the first internship.

Academic Credit Information

Private sector employers need to be familiar with the United States Department of Labor guidelines for legally offering unpaid internships, as most opportunities are actually employment that requires payment.

Academic Internships—In order for a Loyola University Chicago student to receive academic credit for an internship, the student must receive approval of the internship site and position description by a university faculty instructor and/or administrator prior to the internship experience. Please note: Schools and programs within the University may have different requirements related to the number of internships work hours required. For more information regarding Career Education Internship Courses, click here.

Paid and Unpaid Internships— Please review our policies with your advisor.

Internship Opportunities in Handshake

Quinlan students are encouraged to use Handshake to source their internship opportunities. Make sure to fill out your personal profile to get the most relevant opportunities in your feed and use the filters in handshake to expand your search locally, nationally, and internationally. It is also important to diversify any search strategy with networking, informational interviews, job shadowing, and external postings.