If you are considering an MBA to enhance your career, you should consider the opportunity for an internship or other work placement to be a crucial factor in achieving your career goals. An internship or work placement gives you the ideal learning opportunity to try on new roles and responsibilities, or experience a completely different industry, function, company, or even location before making the leap to full-time employment. Many of our employers use internships or work placements as a primary talent pipeline to staff their full-time recruitment process for MBAs.
Rotman’s Approach to Internships and Work Placements
The Rotman Full-Time MBA Program provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate and apply management knowledge gained within the program through a 4-month internship. Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, and guidance and feedback on their intentional development from faculty mentors.
Our approach builds on the experiential learning component of an internship or other work placement to integrate the three critical career pillars of our program:
- Rotman’s intensive focus on self-development supported by the resources in the Self-Development Lab.
- Our world-class faculty – thought leaders who challenge and develop Rotman students via exposure to cutting-edge research and new ideas
- One of the largest Career Centres in North America with a dedicated team of career coaches assigned to individual students offering extensive and individualized career support.
Students not only benefit by earning a competitive salary during their work term, but also complete a required academic course designed to reinforce the important learnings from the first year core curriculum with practical application and professional reflection under the guidance of our faculty. With this structure, Rotman has introduced a truly integrated approach to supporting career transformation in the MBA market.
What is a Flexible Internship?
In contrast to the traditional structure of summer internship programs, our Flexible Internship Program allows greater opportunity to customize the MBA experience by choosing a work term during one of three four-month terms in the second year of the program:
- Summer (May-August)
- Fall (September-December)
- Winter (January-April)
As well as gaining much greater access to work opportunities beyond just the summer months, our Flexible Internship Program allows students the opportunity to choose a work term that best suits their customized schedule, or take advantage of work opportunities that occur only at specific times of the year while completing the degree requirements. This structure provides access to a much greater volume, and a wider variety of roles beyond the traditional summer internship cycle.
Want to know more? See our Frequently Asked Questions about internships.
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