Internship Opportunities with the School of Business

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business views practical experience as an important part of your academic program. An internship will give you the opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-world situations and use on-the-job experiences to enrich your academic program while giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

All DSB students are encouraged to secure at least one internship during their time at Fairfield University. Additional benefits of pursuing an internship include:

  • Exploring possible career choices
  • Networking with professionals who can help with career planning and future employment
  • Increasing your qualifications and strengthening your resume
  • Learning more about a potential company's culture to see if your values are compatible and to determine if you would like to work there in the future.
  • Receiving a full-time job offer - many companies use the internship program to evaluate your potential for positions after graduation

The Internship Office at the Dolan School of Business works in conjunction with our Career Planning Center to help you develop the skills you need to find and succeed in internships.

Whether an internship is monetarily compensated or for academic credit, the Internship Program in the DSB offers you a chance to participate in exciting projects while gaining valuable business exposure. We strive to customize internship assignments that will match your career goals to a company's needs. Our ideal location offers a dynamic mix of internship opportunities throughout Connecticut, New York, and New England.

Want to learn more? Contact the Director of Internships, Tara Berwick, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3040 or at tberwick@fairfield.edu. The office is located in DSB 1109.

Internship Opportunities

Fairfield University is ideally situated for a wide variety of career opportunities - thousands of companies are located in Fairfield County alone, and New York City is only an hour's train ride away. From global Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups and everything in between, students are exposed to innumerable opportunities in every industry imaginable.

Below is just a short sample of some of the exciting companies where DSB students have recently interned:

  • Big 4 Accounting Firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PWC)
  • Cigna
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Frontier Communications
  • General Electric
  • Indeed.com
  • Letarte Swim
  • Merrill Lynch
  • PepsiCo
  • Priceline.com
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Viacom

Internship Timing

It is strongly recommended that all business students complete at least one internship prior to graduation.  Many students aim to find their first internship the summer after their sophomore year, with all students encouraged to find an internship related to their desired career path the summer following junior year. Internships may be taken for academic credit once you have completed your sophomore year.

Finding an Internship

Focus Your Search

  • What is it you want to do?
  • What are the skills you would like to use and the interests you would like to incorporate?
  • What type of employer interests you? (i.e. large corporation, non-profit, start-up, etc.)
  • What geographic region are you looking in?  How far are you willing to commute?
  • What industry(s) are you interested in?

If you have trouble answering these questions, consider conducting a self-assessment with the Career Planning Center. You can also use resources like Vault, Wet Feet, and O*Net to learn more about different industries. Another way to gain answers is by talking with professors, administrators, alumni, and friends about what their jobs entail. These conversations will help you begin to discern the types of roles and responsibilities that interest you.

Start Early and Get Organized

  • Know your Timeline: Some companies hire interns more than six months in advance while others might only post internships when they have immediate openings. To ensure you don't miss any opportunities, prepare to begin your search well in advance of your target start date. Set up an appointment with the Director of Internships and/or the Career Planning Center to learn more about internship resources and timelines relevant to the type of position you're hoping to find.
  • Create, Edit, and Rework Application Materials: Prepare your resume and write a cover letter that can be customized for each potential position. Review the Career Planning Center's suggested resume and cover letter guidelines and make sure to have these documents reviewed by a Career Counselor prior to beginning applications. You should be consistently reviewing and updating your resume. Consider who you can ask to be a reference if required.

Network

Reach out to everyone. Networking will help open doors, get you interviews, and land an internship. You can network with prospective employers at Career Fairs, information sessions, case study competitions, and at many other events sponsored by university departments or organizations. Consider family, friends, and neighbors who have careers that interest you – ask if you can talk with them more about what they do and how they found success.

As a Fairfield University student, you also have a powerful alumni network that can be utilized in your search for internships. LinkedIn is an essential tool for connecting with alumni contacts in your desired field.  The DSB Internship Office and the Career Planning Center offers training and advice for developing a professional profile so you can begin networking on LinkedIn.     

Search and Apply

There are a large number of search engines that can be utilized for internship searches:

Internship examples and opportunities are featured in the weekly DSB Internship Newsletter and are also tweeted regularly by @FairfieldDSB and @FairfieldCPC.

Internships for Academic Credit

Students who meet the qualifications below may opt to have their acquired internship count for academic credit. Both paid and unpaid internships can be done for credit. There are several reasons why you might consider applying for academic credit:

  • Many unpaid internships will require you to receive credit for the internship
  • Replacing a traditional elective class with an internship course will give you a more flexible schedule for completing internship hours
  • The Director of Internships and the Faculty Chair of your major will serve as resources to you during the semester to assist with any questions and offer advice

DSB students can do a maximum of two 3-credit internships in the fall, spring, or summer semesters after their sophomore year is complete. One credit internships are also available, but only during the winter intersession or summer months.

For-Credit Internship Qualifications

  • Have completed your sophomore year
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or higher (no rounding permitted)
  • Have officially declared a major in the School of Business
  • Acquire an internship that is directly related to the declared major
    • Students opting to do a second internship for credit can choose to do this in their business major or minor
  • Apply for credit within 2 weeks of the beginning of the semester in which you're interning

Please note: For-credit internships can be used as either your required business elective or one of your four free electives.  They cannot be used in place of any major or minor courses.

For-Credit Internship Requirements

  • Meet with the Director of Internships at the beginning of the semester to discuss the internship, course requirements, and fill out registration paperwork
  • Complete a minimum of 144 hours at your internship (approximately 12 hours a week for 12 weeks)
  • Complete a 6-8 page paper on your internship experience and how it relates to your academic coursework
  • Complete an internship evaluation survey

Applying for Academic Credit

  • Set up an appointment with Tara Berwick, Director of Internships, by stopping by DSB 1109, calling (203) 254-4000, ext. 3040, or emailing tberwick@fairfield.edu
  • Provide a copy of the internship description on company letterhead to the Director of Internships either prior to or at this meeting (If the job was found on Stags4Hire, that description will suffice)
  • Complete a "For-Credit Internship Application" (available in DSB 1109) and once this is officially approved, bring the form to the Registrar's Office in the Kelley Center

Please note: Internships must be approved prior to starting the position or within the first few weeks of any semester.

Contact Information

Tara Berwick, Director of Internships at the Dolan School of Business

Location: DSB 1109

Phone: (203) 254-4000, ext. 3040
E-mail: tberwick@fairfield.edu