Internships & Experiential Learning


Every student majoring in management has the opportunity to work in a business or management internship to learn the rigors of the business environment and prepare for a successful professional career. Interested students work with a faculty coordinator of internships and the Career Development Office to obtain a desired position. A typical internship requires between 10 and 20 hours of work experience per week over a semester. Some internships are paying, while others are non-paying. The internship experience is recorded and assessed in a portfolio. At the conclusion of the internship, students re-evaluate skills, career goals and career development needs in light of the experience. You must complete all sections of the portfolio and submit it to your faculty advisor in order to receive credit. 

See a list of companies our students have interned with

Capstone Business Simulation

Students PresentingAll business students, regardless of their majors, get to participate in this senior capstone project where they practice applying their strategic management and functional skills to the management of a company in a close to real-life setting. When taking MGT 401 (Business Policy), students are divided into teams that work together in making marketing, research & development, production and finance decisions in an integrated manner to implement their competitive strategies and build their businesses. At the end of the project, each student team can compare its company’s performance with those achieved by over 2000 other student teams from other universities around the world.

For more information, contact:

Michael Zhang, DBAAssociate Professor
Tel: 203-396-8234 

Business Ethics Competition

Each semester MGT 257 Business Ethics students compete in an analysis of a current ethical topic. In the past topics have included the subprime mortgage crisis, the Wall Street meltdown, executive compensation, and this year the BP Oil Crisis is the topic. Each class competes in teams of 3 students to produce a class winner. The winning teams from each class then compete for a final winner which is judged by the WCOB faculty. The Fall semester winners compete against the Spring semester winner to be the winner for the academic year. Students do independent research on the topic and educate each other on these timely and important ethical issues.

For more information, contact:

Andra Gumbus, Ed.D.Associate Professor
Tel: 203-396-8271

Management and Business Communication Skills

This course is designed as a laboratory where experiential learning is the teaching approach used to teach the course. Students practice role plays and are videotaped in management role plays each week practicing a different skill. Topics covered range from interviewing, delegating, handling conflict, giving a performance appraisal, framing an idea, dealing with emotions at work and finally terminating employees. Real time feedback is given to students on how well they execute the skill. Students write their own role plays and practice being in a managerial role. This senior level course is designed to prepare students to become entry level managers. 

Students will learn proper oral and written communication skills for use in a business environment.

For more information, contact:

Andra Gumbus, Ed.D.Associate Professor
Tel: 203-396-8271

Human Resource Management Problem/Project-Based Learning

Students and Teacher in ClassroomManagement of Human Resources (MGT 207) is typically taught in a hybrid Problem-Based Learning and Narrative model.  Problem-Based Learning is founded on the belief that a learner-centric approach that empowers learners to conceptualize, research, integrate theory and practice, and apply knowledge and skills acquired to a defined problem leads to more learning than a conventional lecture-based learning model. In this class, the learner is responsible for his or her own learning in attempting to solve a loosely defined problem or series of problems.   The instructor is responsible for acting as a facilitator and/or tutor to help facilitate learning through this process.  Narrative is defined as storytelling.  Part of the learning experience in this class will be to participate as active audience members listening and interpreting narratives about human resource management presented, along with clarifying mini-lectures by the professor.  The combination of narrative (including mini-lectures) and problem-based instruction will constitute the bulk of the learning experience in this class.

Introduction to Business (BU 121)

The Introduction to Business course (BU 121) is the Welch College of Business signature freshmen learning experience. Students learn the foundations of entrepreneurship and business management. Working in teams, students identify business opportunities and create a product or service. At the end of the semester, students present their business plans in a format similar to the popular TV show “Shark Tank.”

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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Lab

The Welch College of Business (WCOB) Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Lab is an experiential learning program designed to expose students to real-world business problems requiring real-time applied solutions. Management students work with students from the other majors in business on real business problems and present their solutions to corporate or non-profit partners.

Simply put, local businesses provide real projects for our students to complete. Projects range from consulting, marketing, analysis, research, pricing, economic impact studies, branding and product development. The program is designed to mutually benefit our students and the local business community, by providing high-quality business solutions to some of today’s complex business problems

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Junior Achievement (JA) Programs for Credit

JA Programs help build the bridge between school learning and young people’s future success in the work world and in their lives. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after school programs to our business students in grades K-12 focusing on 3 key areas: financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. SHU students will receive 1 credit for each JA high school program they teach! Total credits each student is able to accumulate is 3.

JA Programs Available for Credit:

JA Titan - introduces critical economics and management decisions through an interactive simulation and seven required, volunteer-led sessions. JA Titan will unite your class around the concepts of teamwork, critical thinking, and strategy development—and could provide your students with an opportunity to complete against others from around the world.

JA Personal Finance - introduces student to the importance of making wise financial decisions. The program demonstrates the importance of planning, goal setting, and thoughtful decision making within the context of personal financial decisions.

JA Career Success - equips students with tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.

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