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Career Development

91% of employers hiring new college graduates prefer to hire candidates with work experience prior to graduation. 50% of those employers prefer that experience to be through an internship or co-op (NACE)

Career Development for Employers

What we can do for you:

At Cleary University, we offer a unique source of motivated, professional talent with an entrepreneurial, business centered focus.  Cleary University students and alumni have the skills employers are looking for: analytical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, technology skills and outstanding communication abilities.  After all, Cleary University students and alumni have been BUSINESS STRONG for over 100 years!   Our programs include:


  • Business Analytics
  • Business Management
  • Accounting and Finance (CMA Track)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Promotion and Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management (Culinary)
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Accounting (CPA Track)


  • Analytics, Technology, and Innovation
  • Global Leadership
  • Health Care Leadership

Employers often ask, “How can I reach Cleary students earlier?”  To be effective, it takes more than just a job posting to build your brand with Cleary students. Career Development @ Cleary University offers several ways for employers to engage with our students and alumni.

Cleary University 2018 Career Fast Track Event:
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Registration and additional information available soon.

Posting a job:

You may email electronic flyers, brochures, job descriptions and/or postings, including preferred method of application, to the Cleary University Career Development, at:  We will respond to you within two (2) business days.   Career Development will post your internship, full or part time positions to our students and alumni as well as directly refer students and graduates that fit the qualifications of specific positions.

Internship Information:

Cleary University internships are partnerships with employers, students and the Career Development office.  Internships allow students to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment.  Internships are intended to provide productive, meaningful work experience to students as well as being a valuable resource for employers.  Learning outcomes are established prior to the start of the internship.  Similar to a job description, these learning outcomes are the responsibilities, projects, and goals of the internship position.

Benefits for Employers

There are many benefits to hosting an intern for the employer.  The goal of the Cleary University Career Development office is to ensure that all internships are mutually beneficial to the student and the employer.   Employer benefits include:

  • Constructing and reinforcing your organization’s link to education to make sure that supply and demand of skills sets are well aligned
  • Cost effectiveness – an opportunity to recruit, evaluate and train potential permanent employees
  • Student/interns bring current technology and concepts to the organization, potentially increasing an organization’s intellectual capital
  • A way to gain short term assistance to current employees
  • Interns can assist in establishing business partnerships with Cleary University Career Development
  • Gratification in accomplishing a professional responsibility to help students progress toward their career goals
  • Enhanced visibility for your organization and for Cleary University

Tips for building a successful internship

  • Offer challenging assignments that benefit your organization while providing tangible work experience for the intern
  • Create a clearly defined position description including: concrete competencies, responsibilities, tasks, goals, objectives and application procedures
  • Assign interns to worthy projects where they can apply their skills as well as enhance and/or develop new skills
  • Provide an onsite orientation for the intern to the organization, staff members and use of equipment
  • Provide a specific work area, office resources such as a computer, telephone and organizational email to make their work more efficient and productive
  • Provide supervision, guidance and mentoring to maximize the learning experience and the internship outcomes
  • Identify development opportunities to enhance the intern’s skills, performance and strengths

An Internship IS typically

  • One semester (fourteen or seven weeks)
  • 150 hours total
  • Directly related to the student’s major
  • Entry-level, practical, hands-on learning experience that complements the students’ academic learning
  • Supervised and/or mentored with opportunities for training and guidance for the student
  • Paid for for-profit organizations or unpaid for non-profit or governmental organizations

Opportunities that are NOT appropriate for internships

  • Positions consisting of primarily clerical tasks (clerical should comprise less than 20%)
  • Positions that provide little or no opportunity for students to gain practical experience that complements their academic program
  • Positions with little or no training, guidance, mentoring and/or supervision provided

Intern compensation

  • Although an internship can be paid or unpaid, Cleary Career Development encourages employers to compensate interns whenever possible
  • An internship should not be viewed as a form of “cheap” or “free” labor. An internship is a learning experience, an extension of the classroom
  • If you are a for-profit organization and are considering offering an unpaid internship, please review the legal criteria for an unpaid internship as specified by the US Department of Labor at: After reviewing the criteria, if you feel you are offering a qualified experience, please contact the Career Development office for more information.

For more information on starting an internship program at your organization, visit the Employer Internship Toolkit from The Michigan Internship Initiative at:

A word about our International MBA Students and Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

Cleary University International MBA students have the experience, initiative and flexibility to adapt to new situations.  Their multi-lingual abilities and global world view make them an exceptional asset to US employers.

Many employers are concerned about legal responsibilities related to hiring international students in the US.  Cleary University’s international students are on non-immigrant, F-1 student visas. These students are eligible to work in the US, without employer sponsorship, because Cleary has integrated practical training (CPT) into their MBA degree program.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Cleary University Career Development at or 800-686-1883 Ext. 1556.

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