Sentry School of Business and Economics Internships
GAIN EXPERIENCE WITH INTERNSHIPS
Our Mundt Internship program gives students professional work experience before they graduate. This allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, while also providing real world context for their academic work. Students complete internships in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, in Fortune-500 and small family companies, in Central Wisconsin and across the United States.
UW-Stevens Point partners with Anglo Educational Services (AES) in London to provide for-credit internships. In addition to a 6-credit internship, students take 2 classes (6 credits total) at London South Bank University.
VITA Accounting Internship
Sentry School offers three VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) internships during the spring semester. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) interns work jointly with accounting professionals in the community who are involved with the VITA program. Students obtain classroom training in tax law, compliance, tax software in addition to having taken tax courses at UWSP. The interns have a set schedule of hours to assist taxpayers with tax return preparation. A tax professional (supervisor) is available to help students with any complicated tax issues that may arise and review returns for errors, giving the students added learning opportunities while assuring taxpayers of accurate tax returns.
By the Numbers
Internships create opportunities for growth and the development of new skills. Beyond that, it pushes our students to grow in resume development and networking skills that will last a lifetime. Going one step further our internship program helps students build on important skills like interviewing and interpersonal communication.
Every year, students complete over 140 internships
of interns receive full-time job offers after completing their internships
of students intern at Fortune 1000 companies
Want to really develop the skills you learn in class? Want to get to know a particular field, expand your network, and obtain a crucial edge to help you land that first professional job? Internships can help you do that, and more. We work with Central Wisconsin’s business community to offer you internship positions at some of the strongest companies and organizations in the area including Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Greenheck Fan, Associated Bank, Sentry Insurance, Wipfli, CliftonLarsonAllen, Progressive Insurance and the Green Bay Packers.
Anderson Classroom to Career Center
Meet the Internship Staff
We are located in the Anderson Classroom to Career Center on the first floor of the College of Professional Studies Building (128 CPS).
- Director of Internships – Sentry School of Business and Economics
- Associate Professor – Marketing
- Anderson Classroom to Career Center – Student Staff
- Pro Events Advisory Board Member
The School of Business and Economics Internship Expo started in spring 2018 and is an opportunity for students to share their experiences with peers and the community. After a semester or summer of hard work, we are able to celebrate their accomplishments and see what our students are doing.
Insights of Interns
The Sentry School of Business and Economics Internship Expo started in spring 2018 and is an opportunity for students to share their experiences with peers and the community. After a semester or summer of hard work, we are able to celebrate their accomplishments and see what our students are doing. Follow on LinkedIn
Sentry School Internship Expo Program Spring 2023
“As an intern, I liked how I was exposed to the wide range of tasks that need to be accomplished in the HR office on a daily basis. I also learned how to use their payroll system and other databases.”
“Having an internship in college is essential to learning and getting a job. If I had not had an internship, I wouldn’t have been prepared to get a full-time job after college. Internships can help you decipher what you do and do not like about your major or what career field you want to go into.”
“I was tasked with improving shipping operations and providing recommendations for inventory improvements. I liked having the responsibility to drive my own success. I helped improve our on-time shipping scores tremendously and that is something I will be proud of for a very long time.”
The Sentry School of Business and Economics at UW-Stevens Point has majors in accounting, business administration, data analytics, finance, economics, management and marketing. While each student takes electives suited to their area of interest, all SBE students meet and maintain above average grade point averages. SBE majors complete core courses in economics, accounting, marketing, production and management information systems. They are eager to get real world experience and apply their coursework to a business setting.
If you have work that needs to be done an intern can help! Our students are good at administrative tasks, data analysis and problem-solving. Many are able to provide ideas on how to use social media strategies. Students also have skills using Excel and other software tools. You simply need a job description; you can then post your position on Handshake
. We use target messaging to reach selected groups of our majors. Contact Sue Kissinger in the Academic and Career Advising Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our upper-level students are well-prepared and hard-working. You can “test out” an intern’s ability and work ethic before making a formal offer. Your organization will also get increased visibility by partnering with SBE.
Students usually sign up for internship credits over the summer. Having a position posted by early March allows for you to recruit and interview potential students. However, some students prefer a part-time option during the school year. Bottom line: you can hire an intern to match your business needs.
Many students are available full-time in the summer. However, if the student is willing to work full-time during the school year, he or she can enroll in the equivalent of 12 credits to maintain full-time student status. We can work this through internship credits and independent study credits. For part-time positions students will often need to work around their classes but often are available for 15-20 hours per week.
Aside from normal training for a new employee, all the student intern needs is a simple performance evaluation at the end of the internship. Most employers use their standard performance form.
SBE majors can complete a three-credit elective while working in an internship. The student does the paperwork for this course and you do not have any additional work. Most students find that working in an internship while earning credits increases the value of the work experience and helps them connect their courses to the workplace.
Most for-profit businesses are required by law to provide some form of compensation. Your business may qualify for reimbursement of internship wages paid to students who qualify for UWSP’s Pointers Connect Internship Program.
We have had great success with our students in volunteer settings. These positions need to allow the students to apply his or her course of study to the workplace. Your non-profit organization may qualify for reimbursement of internship wages paid to students who qualify for our Pointers Connect Internship Program. The Anderson Classroom to Career Center also provides a limited number of scholarships to students who complete internships at non-profit organizations. Contact our Internship Director, Prof. Ricardo Boeing at email@example.com for more info.
While we can get the word out about your opportunity to our students, we do not match students to employers.
The employer doesn’t need to do anything differently. The international student would need to apply for a CPT (Curricular Practical Training) or OPT(Optional Practical Training) through the university to work as an intern. There is no employer cost associated with hiring an international student as an intern, other than compensation.
International students could take internships with CPT starting from their second academic year until before graduation. Or international students could take internships with OPT within 12 months (36 months for Science, Technology, Math and Engineering students) from their graduation.
Sentry School of Business and Economics