Internships bring students on site and can benefit your business in a variety of ways including:
- cost-effective means of recruiting and evaluating potential employees
- flexible addition to your work force without a long-term commitment
- temporary staffing solution for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
- freedom for professional staff to pursue special projects or to obtain supervisory experience by overseeing an intern
Practicums, such as those offered to Masters of Finance students, are opportunities to engage with and evaluate students who work on two-person teams tackling short-term projects at your company's location. These two-week projects take place in January, just prior to the start of the spring term and are structured so that a finished project is delivered to the sponsor at the end of the practicum.
In the fall semester, student applicants bid on their top project choices and a committee of faculty and staff match applicants with projects based on a variety of factors such as academic progress, work experience, faculty recommendations, and personal interviews. By mid-November, companies notify applicants of their practicum assignment. Contact your Recruiting Specialist to find out how to develop a Practicum program.
The Job Shadow Program, during winter break, is a one-day opportunity to give Illinois Business freshmen, sophomores, and grad students an up-close look at a company or industry by "shadowing" professionals through a normal day on the job. Our Corporate Engagement team prepares students by assisting with resume production, introducing them to past Job Shadow participants, and through training sessions. Your Recruiting Specialist can answer questions and provide assistance in developing your Job Shadow program.