The Graduate Internship Program is an elite internship program where organizations hire top graduate student talent to work on real-world business projects. Companies such as AAA, Christiana Care, Siegfried, Sallie Mae, DuPont and Barclays have had talented interns work on short-term projects, research, reports and campaigns. The student receives a valuable learning experience, stipend and tuition scholarship and your company gets an essential member of the team.

Employer Benefits

  • Top students from Lerner College graduate degree programs (MBA; Ph.D.; accounting; finance; international business; business analytics and information management; economics: and hospitality business management) who want to apply their skills to an industry setting
  • A “first look” at a graduate intern, allowing the employer to develop a relationship and further the possibility of obtaining a full-time employee
  • International graduate interns provide knowledge of international markets and business practices
  • Interns work 20 hours per week in Fall (Sept. 1-Dec. 31) and Spring (Feb. 1-May 31) , and 30-40 hours per week in the Summer (June 1-August 31) and Winter Session (January)
  • Precise dates/hours of employment are agreed upon between the hiring manager and student

"The Graduate Internship Program gives employers the personal attention that is missing from recruiting today resulting in a great fit for both the employer and students.”

Sarah Baker Andrus, Assistant Director, Lerner Career Services

Selection and Hiring Process

  • Employers provide Lerner College with a position description to be marketed to our graduate students
  • Resumes of the most qualified candidates are forwarded to the employer for consideration
  • Employers conduct interviews with the desired candidates and select their graduate intern
  • Once you hire an intern, we send you an invoice and we handle all HR onboarding including background checks, payroll and visa paperwork (if applicable)

What Does it Cost Employers?

  • $13,000 per Master’s student per semester and $15,000 per Ph.D. student per semester.

What the Graduate Intern Receives

  • An opportunity to apply their past career experience and advanced academic knowledge to the participating organization
  • Partial tuition waiver and stipend per semester
  • Beneficial feedback from employers at the end of the semester through a formal performance evaluation

Important Deadlines

Job postings must be received by the following deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall – June 1
  • Summer – April 1
  • Winter/Spring – November 1


Sarah Baker Andrus, Assistant Director