Many business are using internship programs as recruitment tools. They invite potential recruits to work as interns, evaluate their work and their potential, see how they fit in, and offer permanent employment on that basis. The importance of jump starting one's career with an internship is hard to overestimate -- some companies restrict the hiring of many entry level positions to former interns.
The Management Department not only encourages students to take advantage of internship opportunities, but allows them to receive class credit as well. Both the management major and the MIS minor give 3 hours of credit to students who register in the Internship course and submit a written report analyzing their experience. Independent studies courses offer yet another opportunity to apply management theory and research design in real-world business settings, and receive 3 hours of credit for their work.