Internships, also called fieldwork, are a great way to learn about career options, meet professionals, and build your resume. You'll earn academic credit for your internships/fieldwork, which are a required component of the combined degree and graduate programs in international business.
A total of 12 credit hours (30 clock hours/credit) of fieldwork experience in an international business setting/environment in the U.S. or abroad are required.
Required international fieldwork begins in the summer session between the fourth and fifth years of study and students have the opportunity to extend fieldwork into the fifth year of study. Fieldwork assignments are arranged on an individual student basis.
A minimum of three to nine credit hours (30 clock hours/credit) of fieldwork experience in an international business setting/environment in the U.S. or abroad are required. Credit-hours required will be determined by the department of business, based upon the length and type of any previous internship or professional experience.
Internship/Fieldwork Locations & Responsibilities
Our students have interned at the following organizations, among many others, with the following internship responsibilities:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
- Assist staff with accounting activities
International Institute of Buffalo
- Assist with designing educational materials and marketing collateral for annual fundraising events
- Assist with Model UN event planning
ECIDA-Erie County Industrial Development Agency
- Assist in preparation of documents for financial support to grow and prosper in Erie County
- Research data related to area tax exemptions, leases and tax abatements
- Interaction and coordination with other government agencies related to economic development –assist in preparation for meetings/events
Empire State Development
- Perform international trade assistance to New York State Fairs
- Position and market for inward investment and job creation
- Assist director in World Bank liaison activities.
- Analyze export capabilities and identification of promising markets for New York State's products and services
- Invites businesses to participate in the Export Market Assistance Program to support New York State's trade promotion
- Assist companies to initiate or to expand their exports through trade mission and trade show planning while targeting key economic sectors for support
- Assist the International Trade Development sector on all day-to-day activities in the international arena
Fisher Price (Mattel)
Internships are offered by many divisions within the company, including, but not limited to, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources. These unique opportunities provide project-based work that requires teamwork, ingenuity and creativity, as well as tactical responsibilities that expose the intern first-hand to the experiences of a full-time employee.
The interns learn the complexities of the department to which they are assigned, spend time with senior level executives, attend "Meet & Eat" presentations and seminars, and enhance their understanding of the company's various operations.
Interns work on real-world business problems while learning about the banking industry. The program provides insight into how M&T operates as one of the top regional banks through meeting with senior management and individual departments.
New Era Cap Company
- Assist marketing department in developing and maintaining databases for customer base
- Work with departments specific to baseball, football, soccer in development of product support
Interns work closely with staff on projects that support the marketing processes. Special attention will be focused on research, record keeping, analysis and reporting.
Interns gain exposure to 'real world' business experiences. They also gain critical experience in the areas of goal attainment, decision making, influencing, organizational structure, communication and general 'best practices' in a business environment
Responsibilities include assisting staff in the design of marketing materials.
Seal & Design, Inc.
- Accept orders and initiate the order entry process
- Conduct tasks associated with procurement and supply chain management
- Support the inside and outside sales staff
Other Internship Locations
Other past internship locations for D'Youville College international business students include:
- Adams Mark Hotel
- Buffalo Bisons
- Budget Rent a Car System
- Catholic Charities
- Iniciativas Empresariales (Spain)
- International Center for Democratic Transition (Hungary)
- Life Technologies
- Rich Products (South Africa)
- Sorrento Lactalis
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
"I've gained real life experience in the accounting and business world through my internships and student groups."
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"During my internship, I helped connect NY state business with global opportunities through the World Bank."
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I had a wonderful opportunity to intern for the summer at Rich Products in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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"My internship taught me that understanding culture is a significant component to success in international business."
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