MBA Internship Program

Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain real world experience in settings outside of the classroom. The experience is designed to meet both academic and applied learning goals. The purpose of the MBA Internship Program is to provide a practical and intensive training to students who genuinely desire working in the banking industry. Students will be able to apply the information they learned in the classroom, build work history, expand professional skill sets, and lay the foundation to a career in the banking industry. Banks benefit with fresh ideas from readily equipped interns, completion of important projects put on hold, and low cost solutions for recruiting Michigan’s next generation in banking. The MBA Internship Program provides the framework necessary for Michigan’s Banking Industry to take the next step in creating and expanding a new generation of banking talent.


  • Provide a resource for member banks to locate and recruit individuals for relevant internships.
  • Provide a resource for top college students to explore the Michigan banking industry and the career options that are available.
  • Offer a wide range of learning opportunities and work-related banking experiences while with a community bank in Michigan.
  • To increase student ability to function as an effective member of a bank.
  • To allow the student to acquire firsthand knowledge of specific bank processes.
  • Allow the student to gain customer service experience.
  • To increase the visibility of the Michigan banking industry.
  • Provide college students with an understanding of how local banks impact their communities.

Desired Candidate Qualities

  • Major in traditional banking-related degrees (Economics, Accounting, Finance, and General Business), although we are also encouraging other majors to consider the banking industry (i.e. Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology).
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to take initiative.
  • At least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.
  • Preference given to 3rd and 4th year students.
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to work in the banking industry, especially willing to work in the community bank setting.

Selection Process

  • The student will discuss with their academic advisor and internship supervisor the appropriateness of interning with a bank/financial institution.
  • Upon the decision to apply, resumes and applications will be compiled and sent to banking institutions throughout the state for review.
    o The MBA will forward the resumes to banks that fall in the student’s geographic preference.
  • If the student meets the requirements in the prescreening process, they will have a final interview with interested member banks located within the student’s geographic preference.


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