The Value of a Student Intern from Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to preparing students for success in their careers and in their communities. Our goal is to develop, support, document and grow internship opportunities for our students from all academic disciplines. The role you play as an employer is vital to this goal.


Why hire a Northwood student Employer benefits Become a preferred employer Developing career employees



Why Hire a Northwood Student for an Internship?

Few degrees say “versatility” like a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University.

Northwood students are:

  • Well-rounded with a solid understanding of the business industry and able to immediately add value.
  • Exposed to courses in management, finance, accounting, economics, marketing and organizational behavior.
  • Ready, willing and able to learn quickly.
  • A key component of your leadership succession plan.


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How Internships Benefit Employers

  • Provides a source of highly motivated pre-professionals, bringing enthusiasm to your workplace.

  • Students bring new perspectives.

  • Business visibility is increased through the student.

  • Technologically savvy.

  • Proven cost-effective way to recruit, evaluate, and hire potential employees.

  • Research shows that over 50 percent of our students end up being hired upon graduation.

  • Satisfaction from teaching and mentoring the future workforce.

  • Future employees who are already trained and evaluated

Internship: An extension of the classroom with an emphasis in on-the-job training that leads to experiential learning and skill development.


Becoming an Employer of Choice

When put into practice, the Northwood University Internship Pipeline is a winning model for students, employers and society alike!

46% of NU Undergraduate students seek an internship or co-op while working on their degree. 53% of NU interns turn into full-time hires, an all-time high. 62% retention rate of internship/ co-op programs' full-time hires after five years.

Best Practices for Developing Career Employees

  1. Hire interns beginning in their sophomore year.

  2. Have interns return each year thereafter.

  3. Rotate interns through different business units.

  4. Offer compensation or a stipend to offset academic/living expenses.

Consider these best practices to attract and retain the best and brightest students to your organization. They are proven effective in developing career employees while elevating you to an employer of choice.

Although companies are not required to offer compensation, an hourly wage or stipend can offset student expense. The current pay rates range from $8 to $20 per hour.

Next Steps?

  1. Connect with NU’s Career Advancement Team at or 989.837.4335.

  2. Create employer profile in the Northwood University Career Network (NUCN).

  3. Post internship in NUCN.

  4. Visit NU campus to promote business.

  5. Hire an NU student intern!

  6. Provide feedback.

Contact Information

For more information about Northwood University's Internship Program and how to connect with their students, contact:

Deborah Schummer
Career Advancement & Internship Coordinator
Midland, Michigan 48640
Phone: 989.837.4430


Career Advancement


Phone: 989.837.4335


Additional Resources

Employer Internship Welcome Materials

Six Steps to an Effective Internship Program

Safeguarding Against Legal Disputes