Guide to Developing a Required Business Internship Program (BIP)

Khushwant K.S. Pittenger


Internships are becoming increasingly important for business education.  Over 90% of business schools offer the option of internship, but only a few require it. In light of well-documented benefits of internships for students, business schools and employers, it is appropriate to develop required business internship programs (BIP).  Needle needs to be moved for implementing required BIP across all business schools. A required BIP benefits all students and not just those who choose to take advantage of the option. This paper provides a road map for designing and implementing such a program drawing on extensive literature and the author’s own experiences at the College of Business and Economics of a small, private university in the Midwest. This paper is designed to move the needle for implementing required BIPs.


internship, experiential learning, co-op education, business education, business internships

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