Top 10 MBA Internship Programs

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Every student eventually needs to leave the classroom and acquire real-world experience. Internships are the best way to do that, especially for MBA students. As an intern, you can develop knowledge, competencies, and experience related directly to your career goal. Internships are also a great way to network and meet potential employers or even business partners. And you are almost always paid at least a small stipend while working.

Most internships last anywhere from 10 weeks to three months. While students may traditionally think of internships as only available in the summer, many companies and organizations also offer fall, winter, and spring internships. Most companies start posting availabilities at the beginning of the year. While you can scout for literally hundreds of business school internships ​online, here are some of the top internship opportunities in a broad range of industries that are available to MBA students. 

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Every summer, Toyota chooses 8 to 12 MBA students to participate in their summer internship program. Students can take advantage of opportunities in marketing, strategic planning, and finance. To see what's available, log on to the site, click Apply Now, then scroll through the available Job Fields at left and click on MBA Internships.

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Sony Global

Sony recruits for a variety of global internship program that offer opportunities to undergraduate, Masters, and MBA students. It conducts internship program on a regional or a company basis. So once you get on their site, choose a region or a company that you are interested in and click on the link to begin your search for available opportunities.

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Oracle (Formerly Sun Microsystems)

Oracle offers an internship program to business students who major in computer science, engineering, marketing finance, human resources, business administration, and information systems. Interns benefit from learning development opportunities, career services, relocation assistance, project-oriented assignments, and they receive extremely competitive compensation packages. 

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The Verizon College Intern Program offers positions for undergraduate and graduate business and technical majors. Students can take advantage of professional skills workshops, online training, networking opportunities, and more. 

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U.S. Department of Labor

If you're interested in pursuing a career in government, the Department of Labor has an MBA internship program that serves as a recruitment source for possible future employment opportunities. Interns enjoy the benefits of academic credit, hands-on experience, networking opportunities, and more. 

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Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Palo Alto, California, offers an internship program to students who are enrolled in a two-year MBA program. A technology background is preferred, but not completely necessary. This internship program is best for students who are interested in research, commercialization, and technology entrepreneurship. 

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Progressive Insurance

Progressive Insurance offers internships to first-year MBA students. As one of the top insurance companies in the world, Progressive gives their interns invaluable hands-on practical experience in complex quantitative analysis. 

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Mattel offers summer internships to undergraduate students and MBA students. Undergraduate internships are usually in design and engineering, while most MBA internships are in marketing and finance. Interns enjoy a progressive work environment, competitive benefits, and employee perks. 

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This multinational retail corporation offers an MBA internship program to first year and second-year MBA students. Projects are assigned in operations management, merchandising, SAM’s, finance, logistics, marketing, global procurement, and international divisions. 

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The Hartford

Hartford offers a very selective summer MBA intern program to first-year MBA students. Interns gain exposure to senior-level management, networking events, diverse projects, and much more. 

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