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Internship Inside Stories

BBA students are the focus of Internship Inside Stories. Whether it’s working for Country Music Television, an international company in Brazil, or a local community organization, each story highlights a Business Administration undergrad’s experience on the job and his/her thoughts about the process and benefits.

Alyssa Wright recently completed an internship with Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services in 65 countries.  She emailed our program:

“I can’t imagine how unprepared I would be entering the workforce if I had not had this AST experience. It is an advantage that will help me throughout my life and career. I have now attained a full time position with the company I interned for, and I look forward to learning more and advancing my career.”

General information about ASTs and opportunities available for BBA students


Click on the links below for our students’ Internship Inside Stories.


AST Wright

Supervisor Anne Dietz & Alyssa Wright
Internship employer:
Read more about Alyssa

Megan Zumbahlen 3 Inc

Supervisor Ann Frescura & Megan Zumbahlen
Internship employer:
Downtown Springfield, Inc.

Read more about Megan

Jill Gossett AST District 23A

 BBA student Jill Gossett
Internship employer:
District 23 Mercantile and Foundry to benefit the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation
Read more about Jill


Kendra Tucker 4

Kendra Tucker & supervisor David Earhart
Internship employer:
Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Read more about Kendra


AST studentKatherinePalzer

Supervisor Alice Seaton and BBA student Katie Palzer
Internship Employer:
University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations (USFSCO)
Read more about Katie 

Justin Doup
Justin Doup
Internship Employer:
JLC Direções e Câmbio Ltda.

Read more about Justin



Jaleesa Earthley
Jaleesa Earthley
Internship employer:
Springfield Urban League

Read more about Jaleesa



Elizabeth Duggan
Elizabeth Duggan
Internship employer:
Country Music Television

Read more about Elizabeth



Elle Gronewold

Elle Gronewold
Internship employer:
Illinois Dept. of Revenue

Read more about Elle



Lance Millburg
Lance Millburg
Internship employer:
SSC – Health Revenue Company

Read more about Lance




General Information

An internship (AST) is required for BBA majors beginning under the Fall 2013 catalog and highly recommended for all business students using catalogs prior to Fall 2013. Up to 6 hours credit can be earned fulfilling the ECCE engagement and/or elective requirement. The AST provides practical work experience while applying theories and concepts learned in the classroom. In the past approximately one in four students has been offered a position with their internship employer. ASTs are great resume builders too.

The process begins with resume preparation and interviewing techniques. Employers include business, government, community services, marketing, development, healthcare, personal service and many more. Most interns are 2nd semester juniors or seniors with a minimum of 12-15 hrs of completed upper division business coursework.

Students who already work full-time may contact the AST Office to discuss using their current employer for a possible AST placement.


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