Butler University’s College of Business is the top-ranked business school in the country for internships, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 rankings.
“Studies have shown that college students with internships fare better in the labor market after they graduate, compared to students without internships,” Bloomberg said in the rankings released April 19. “Many undergraduate business programs push hard to place their students in high-value internships that may turn into full-time job offers, expose students to a particular industry or job function, or simply help students forge connections to the world of work.”
Bloomberg defines an internship as a work experience that accumulates a minimum of 120 hours of work within a six-month (consecutive) period, in which a student receives supervision and/or mentorship and in which the student applies his or her knowledge and skills learned in college. An internship may be paid or unpaid and may be for credit or not for credit. A student’s work on his or her own start-up business qualifies as an internship if it meets the other stated criteria.
In Butler’s experiential approach to teaching and learning, students in the College of Business create a business plan their first year, launch a company as sophomores, and complete at least two internships before graduation—a series of experiential requirements unmatched in the business school landscape.