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MBA Internships: Companies Want MBA Program Interns

MBA programs teach skills you need to become a better manager. But they also provide opportunities for MBA internships. These are two key pieces to career success.

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 97% of employers are looking for skilled applicants. Research also shows that among those who completed an internship prior to graduation, 26% were more likely to have a job offer compared to those who had not interned. GMAC also found that those who interned earned 28% more than non-interns.

But the biggest reason to complete MBA internships is gain experience that you are lacking.

  • 61% of employers are looking for candidates with work experience in job function
  • 51% are looking for industry experience
  • 44% are looking for years of experience

But how do you find the right internship? The key is to start looking early and use the resources available to you. Mason’s MBA program has dedicated career consultants that work with students to help them find both internships and jobs.

Nearly every industry hires business school interns. Some of the top industries that hire interns are

  • 76% of finance/accounting companies
  • 71% of healthcare companies
  • 65% of products/services companies
  • 63% of technology companies

Taking a good look at companies you might want to work for in the future helps. What internships did they offer last year? Perhaps they might offer the same ones again. Start building relationships now. Networking is always a great way to build your base, starting with connections you already have, and your MBA program classmates.

At Mason, dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and to alumni after graduation. Once you are accepted into the MBA program, the entire Mason community becomes part of your network, including the more roughly 30,000 business school alumni who can be the connections you need for the first steps in your MBA internship search.

Take a look at the infographic below for more statistics about MBA internships.


Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.


MBA internships GMAC infographic

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