MBA Internships

MBA internships facilitate meaningful career progression for MBA students. An internship gives the student an opportunity to apply and showcase what they have learned in the classroom. Performance in an internship can transition into a job offer or it can serve as a reference for a full-time job application.

MBA internships are available at a variety of organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, and can be made up of human resources, operations management, supervisory or other management related tasks and can usually be found year-round. A student who has a part-time job doing management-related work may earn internship credits.

If you need help finding an internship please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu or schedule an appointment by calling 507-389-2963.

Internship Qualifications:

1. 120 hours of work is equivalent to three credit hours of internship.

2. The job duties in the position must primarily business-related (80% or more).

3. The person you report to, or your company mentor, should be in a managment/HR or management/HR-related field.

Important Note: Email the job description to cobinternships@mnsu.edu if you are unsure whether your internship qualifies or not.

INTERN COMPLETES

1. Letter of Introduction

One-page letter briefly summarizing your background and your internship goals. This letter should be written in a similar format to that of a standard cover letter and be addressed to the Internship Coordinator, Luke Howk.

2. Goals Statement

One-page paper including one paragraph for each goal type below:

  • Personal goals - short-term (within one year) and long-term (five years or more).
  • Career goals - short-term (within one year) and long-term (five years or more).
  • A detailed list of objectives for the internship that identify what you are trying to accomplish by doing an internship.

3. DARS Report

Access your DARS. Copy and paste this document into Word before attaching to your application.

INTERN GATHERS FROM EMPLOYER

4. Job Description

This document lists your duties and the projects you'll work on during your internship.

5. Internship Offer Letter From Employer

Letter should be written on company letterhead and include your start date, end date, and number of hours you'll work each week.

Obtaining Permission to Register 

1. Log in to your COB Internships account using your StarID and password by clicking the link below.

2. Click the “My Account” tab on the left side of the page.

3. Click the “Exp. Learning” from the drop menu.

4. Click the purple “Add New ” button.

5. Complete all required fields.

6. Click “Add Attachment” at the bottom of the application to upload the required documents.

7. Choose “Save as Draft” if you wish to come back and make changes to the application before submitting it.

8. Click “Submit” once your application is complete.

9. Email your department chair, Dr. Marilyn Fox letting her know you submitted your application.

Important Note: If you haven’t received confirmation of your application within one week of submitting your application, please reach out to your department chairperson,

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1. Register

MBA 698 (2 credits) — MBA Internship Credit
Satisfies one of the elective courses required by MBA majors. You will have to pay for these credits like any other class.

If you have questions about registering please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu

2. Submit weekly reports

Once you have registered, you must begin submitting weekly reports by the end of each week.

[PDF] Click here to access the weekly report form (206 KiB)

How to upload weekly reports:

1. Log into your COB Internship Profile

2. Click "My Account" link on the tab on left, and choose "Exp. Learning" from the dropdown menu.

3. Click "Edit" to update your internship profile.

4. Attach file by clicking "Add Attachment" at bottom of screen.

*Please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu or the MBA Department Chairperson, Dr. Marilyn Fox if you have updates or concerns you'd like to make the College aware of in between your weekly reports.

Completion of Internship

Before your internship ends, and you are able to receive a passing grade, you must complete the following.

**NOTE You will not receive any information for the internship course on D2L everything will be processed through our internship website.

Weekly Report Forms

Once you have registered, you must begin submitting weekly reports by the end of each week..

[PDF] Click here to access the weekly report form (206 KiB)

How to upload weekly reports: 

1. Log into your COB Internship Profile

2. Click "My Account" link on the tab on left, and choose "Exp. Learning" from the dropdown menu.

3. Click "Edit" to update your internship profile.

4. Attach file by clicking "Add Attachment" at bottom of screen.

Please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu or the MBA Department Chairperson, Dr. Marilyn Fox if you have updates or concerns you'd like to make the College aware of in between your weekly reports.

Final Employer Evaluation

    • Your employer will receive an email with a link to the evaluation.
    • This email will go out 3 weeks before the end of the semester, and must be completed before the end of your internship.
    • It is your job as the student to remind your supervisor to complete this evaluation, and if your supervisor needs a new copy of the evaluation link, please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu. Please suggest to your supervisor to check their spam folders.

NOTE: If the semester ends before the end of your internship, you will receive an IP (In Progress) grade until you have completed all of the requirements.

Final Self Evaluation, Program Evaluation, and Semester Report Surveys

    • You can access these surveys as early as 3 weeks before the end of the semester and must be completed before the semester ends, regardless of when your specific internship ends.
    • The surveys can be accessed from the “Experiential Learning” homepage of your account.
    • You must complete all of the surveys before you can receive a final grade.

NOTE: If the semester ends before the end of your internship, you will receive an IP (in Progress) grade until you have completed all of the requirements.

Final Written Paper

1. The final paper should be 5 pages including the following:

  • Brief description of the background of the industry and organization you were associated with during the internship. Include the short-run and long-run outlook of the organization and the possibilities of future positions for college graduates with this organization and other organizations in the same field (approx. 1 page).
  • Briefly describe the major areas for which you were responsible during your internship (approx. 1 page).
  • Review the detailed list of objectives for the internship experience that you submitted with your internship application. Examine and discuss how each objective was met or not met. This review should represent around 50 percent of the paper (approx. 2 pages).
  • Evaluate how well the internship met your internship goals. Relate your internship to your academic training. How could your internship experience have been improved? Provide other comments that are relevant to your internship experience (approx. 1 page).
  • Other comments you have to offer.

2. The report should be typed, meet collegiate writing standards and be 5 pages in length. Both the content of the final report and the quality of your writing will affect your grade which will be given by your department chairperson, Dr. Marilyn Fox.

3. The final paper must be attached to your online application/profile before the end of the semester.

NOTE: If the semester ends before the end of your internship, you will receive an IP (In Progress) grade until you have completed all of the requirements