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Internship Program Overview​

The Menlo College Internship program offers organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area the opportunity to mentor the next generation of business leaders. We welcome you to join our partner organizations in recognizing that internships are a cost-effective way to identify and evaluate new talent, and engage with the community.

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience, make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. — National Association of Colleges and Employers

The internship program is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their courses to professional settings, and to explore a particular career path. Interns receive 6 units of academic credit for participating in an internship, attending the internship seminar and completing academic assignments. Students are evaluated on the learning they demonstrate through the internship seminar, based on their internship learning objectives and their experiences in the field.

Students at Menlo College can intern in for-profit, non-profit, or government organizations in the following general areas: marketing, finance, accounting, human resource management, sports management, international management, entrepreneurship, real estate, general management and psychology.

Internship Time Frames and Academic Credit

The Menlo Internship program prepares students for the real world and helps businesses find talent. Finding talent is a major challenge; it requires a ton of advertising, recruiting, resume screening, interviewing and reference calling. By working closely with the business to understand the skills required for each position, and pairing students with potential internship opportunities, the Menlo Internship program significantly reduces the time it takes to source quality candidates. — Francis Adanza, Director of Marketing, Zephyr

All business majors at Menlo College are required to complete a 6-unit internship during their senior year. Juniors and seniors also have the opportunity to complete an additional 3-unit elective internship at a different organization. Below are the time frames and work hour requirements for Menlo College internships. The specific internship dates align with the internship seminars that all students must attend.

Upcoming Internship Dates

Proposing and Approving Internships

Menlo College Internship Supervisor Manual

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Approval Process for Internship Sites

Prior to a student beginning an internship, the associate director or director of internships at Menlo College will review the proposed internship description and schedule a site visit with the prospective supervisor or internship manager at the organization to approve the internship. If, after reviewing the requirements and criteria below, you are interested in hosting a Menlo College intern, please complete and submit this online form. One of our staff members will contact you to begin the approval process.

Menlo College begins the placement process for summer and fall internships during winter; and placement for spring internships begins in the fall. Students are asked to apply for and finalize internships the semester prior to when they would like to complete an internship. Internship organizations are free to create their own application and screening processes for prospective interns.

Internship Criteria

To ensure that a field experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, Menlo College has adopted the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) criteria for a quality internship:

The following internships will not be approved for academic credit through Menlo College:

If the internship does not meet the criteria outlined above, then it mostly likely qualifies as a part-time or full-time job opportunity. To post a part-time or full-time job for current Menlo students and alumni, please visit our Career Services page.

Supervisor Responsibilities

In addition to providing training and regular, on-site supervision and mentorship, internship supervisors are asked to:

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