They did it! Why not YOU?

Seth Elliott, intern with Sunshine Squad for Revolution Marketing

Seth Elliott, Sunshine Squad, Revolution Marketing

Kristin Parks, intern with KPMG

Kristin Parks (right), KPMG

Melina Juell, intern with Sweet Grass Health and Wellness

Melinda Juell, Accounting Intern at Sweet Grass Health and Wellness

What is an Internship?

An internship provides a student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge he or she has learned in the classroom by participating in a workplace environment related to a chosen career field. The SoBA Internship Program aims to create value for students as they begin to build a strong professional network and experience real-world business enterprise first-hand.

By engaging enthusiastic, competent students who want to learn and contribute to a company, participation in the internship program creates value for the employer, as well. Effective short-term internships can become vital components in the development of a company’s recruitment, training, and mentoring capabilities.

The SoBA Internship Program is designed to take place during one semester. Most students can earn academic credit and are paid for their work as an intern. Interns must have an employer-supervisor who assigns and evaluates their work. SoBA faculty and staff are available to students and employers for consultation throughout the internship.

Benefits of an Internship

For students:

  • Work experience
  • Exploration of career options
  • Professional networking
  • Résumé Development
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Application of classroom learning

For employers:

  • Partnership with the SoBA in the provision of optimal learning experiences for UM students
  • Access to SoBA resources and expertise
  • Opportunity to expand company’s recruitment, supervisory/mentoring, training capabilities
  • Solution for seasonal needs, short-term projects
  • Cost-effective, low-risk strategy for attracting high-quality prospective employees


"Having an internship gave me a real grasp of what employers want and how I can apply myself in the classroom to make sure that I am equipped to deliver the skills needed to make a positive impact as a future employee." Ryan Patrick

"The internship gave me a realistic job preview by not treating me as an intern, but rather a new associate. I've gained invaluable experience and had fun doing it." Margarita Dorzhiyeva

"What my internship did for me was incomparable to ordinary work. It gave me the confidence and assurance I was looking for while entering my final year of school and prepare for the job market." Joshua Pearson.

Also, take a look at Previous SoBA Internships and get an idea of where you might want to do your next internship.

Find Out More

Students should read the Student Tips and Advice: 7 Steps to Success page and then schedule an appointment with the Internship Director, Kathleen Tarkalson, by contacting her at (406) 243-6771 or emailing

Employers can find additional information on the Employer Information page or contacting the Internship Director, Kathleen Tarkalson, at (406) 243-6771  or emailing