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Internships and Experiential Learning

Internships and Experiential Learning

Internships are an essential part of the Boler experience.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” Employer Survey (recruiters at 600 companies) ranked the Boler College of Business #1 in the nation for how well we prepare students for careers at their companies.

Both graduate and undergraduate programs at Boler combine classroom learning with significant project work and exposure to business leaders and challenges. An internship is an invaluable way for you to put theory into practice, and to compare how different businesses and teams approach and solve problems, innovate and create value.

Your internship will help you in the following ways:

  • Knowledge sticks when you use it — an internship provides an arena to practice what you learn.
  • Your career choice will depend, in part, on who you meet along the way— internships allow you to walk in the shoes of different people doing many different jobs.
  • Confidence travels — do something rewarding at an internship and it will likely rub off in terms of participation and performance in the classroom.
  • College eventually ends — networks keep growing throughout your career. Your internship is where and how you get a network started.

For information, please contact Brandi Mandzak, Director of External Relations and Professional Development Services.

Find Your Opportunity in Cleveland

The five-county Greater Cleveland area, with a population of more than 2 million, offers Boler students — undergraduate and graduate — the chance to intern with a wide range of companies and organizations.

Cleveland’s economy includes big and small, old and new, with eight Fortune 1000 company headquarters and more than 700 biotechnology and biomedical companies. Employers in the area cover everything from technology, life sciences, transportation, health care, light and heavy manufacturing, banking, and multinational corporations.

Accounting USA

Accounting students have access to the “Big Four” multinational, as well as numerous regional and local, public accounting firms. Additionally, students interested in working in corporate accounting can gain experience within nearby corporations.

Boler Internships At-A-Glance:

Internships may be completed for academic credit and the majority are paid.

  • 88% percent of Boler undergraduates complete at least one internship.
  • Boler assigns a full-time internship and employer relations coordinator to connect students to opportunities, regionally and nationally.
  • Four undergraduate majors (marketing, management and human resources, economics, international business) require an internship.
  • Current salaries for interns average around $13 an hour.
  • On average, 70%  percent of undergraduate interns receive offers of full-time employment from the same company or organization.

Sample full-time summer internships:

AXA Advisors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
Charter Steel
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Ernst & Young
Institute on HealthCare Directives
Jergens Manufacturing
Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club
Libra Industries
M&T Bank
Mars Electric
New Era Cap
Qatar Airways
Quicken Loans

Rochester Red Wings Baseball
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
SPIRE Institute
STERIS Corporation
ShurTech Brands
Skylight Financial Group
Snow Capital Management
Target Corporation
The Cleveland Indians
The E.W. Scripps Company
The Precision Metalforming Association
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thomas Johnson Inc.
Travel Center of America
United States Steel Corporation
Wegmans Food Markets

Internships and Experiential Learning

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    Created exclusively for Boler students, we offer a seven-semester Professional Development Program to help you build and polish a portfolio of “soft skills.” The Professional Development Program is a way to land a better internship, and perform while you’re on the job. You will benefit from: skill-building workshops, career events, and networking and mentoring opportunities with alumni and recruiters.

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  • Current Internships

    Current Student Internship Resources

    Current students can learn more about internship requirements, criteria, and approvals.

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  • Building Arch

    Bloomberg Ranked #1

    Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed nearly 30,000 students and recruiters at almost 600 companies to gauge how well undergraduate business programs — and related internships — prepare students for careers at their companies.

    The 2016 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” Employer Survey ranked the Boler College of Business #1 in the nation for career readiness.

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Contact Us

For information on Internship and Employer Relations programs please contact:

Brandi S. Mandzak, M.Ed. 
Director of External Relations and Professional Development Services
Boler College of Business
John Carroll University
Office: 216.397.1967

Internship Information

Professional Experience Requirement

A professional internship experience is required for the following majors:





Internship Reporting for Non-Required Majors


Appropriate professional opportunities can be found in virtually any type of professional environment: a small or large firm; a manufacturing or service company; a for-profit or nonprofit organization; a private, public, or government entity.  Professional work experience can be paid or volunteer; part-time or full-time; completed during school or during summer break. The work experience must fulfill the following criteria:

  • The student must complete a minimum of 135 hours in a managed environment, in an office or location where the student directly reports to a supervisor, and is able to learn more about business via interaction and delegated responsibility.
  • It must involve professional duties that allow the student leadership opportunities, the ability to use creativity to improve processes, professional interaction and the opportunity to contribute to the success of the organization.
  • The student should be applying knowledge and skills learned in class to further company objectives in a learning environment.
  • The student is required to complete assigned paperwork prior to completing the internship to apply for experience to be counted toward his/her major requirement.
  • The student and employer are required to fill out an evaluation regarding the experience once the internship is complete or by finals week of the semester in which he/she is enrolled. Evaluation forms come via an electronic link to both the student and employer once the student has indicated completion of the required 135 hours.

Students are required to seek pre-approval of the work to be performed.  To do so, the student must:

  • Complete the Professional Experience Form.
  • Provide a comprehensive job description that should reflect at least 70% professional experience, and no more than 30% manual labor and/or menial tasks.
  • Compose three learning objectives that the student would like to achieve while completing the experience (instructions below).
  • All of these documents should be submitted electronically with the Professional Experience Form.

In consultation with your supervisor, please identify three specific and measurable learning objectives, describing the project or task to be completed, how it will be accomplished, and how it will be evaluated. Please highlight leadership opportunities and special projects.  These objectives should reflect work that you would include on your resume and be results orientated and specific.

All materials are to be uploaded in the online application. Materials not uploaded may be emailed to