Students walking in front of Student Union

Nov. 21, 2013

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Beginning next fall, all Viterbo University business majors will be guaranteed a paid internship. 

Viterbo is believed to be among the first in the nation to offer such a guarantee.

“The paid internship program assures that every business student will not have to choose between earning money and preparing for their career,” said Tom Knothe, dean of the Dahl School of Business.

All of the traditional business majors (accounting, business administration, management and leadership, marketing, and sport management) require students to complete either an internship or a field practicum.  Most students complete the internship during their junior year or first semester of their senior year.  Last year, 70 percent of the 47 business internships/field practicums were paid.

Also benefitting from the announced paid internship program will be the non-profit sector where at some sites, employers are often unable to budget for interns.

Viterbo received grants this year from the Bremer and Great Lakes Foundation to provide for some paid internships and Knothe credited those gifts with providing the momentum, to expand the paid internships to all business students.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Knothe said.  “A student’s income level shouldn’t determine if he or she can afford an internship. Paid internships level the playing field for everyone.”


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