MBA Internships

The Darden Career Development Center provides a variety of career resources to help you in your search for a summer internship. The curriculum is also structured to allow you to take electives related to your summer internship in the final term of the First Year.

Internships are a critical part of the Darden experience because they help you:

  • gain experience in the job function and/or industry you plan to pursue after graduation
  • apply new knowledge and approaches learned during the First Year
  • further develop skills that will help you in your full-time job search

If you are a career switcher, a summer internship is an important opportunity to try out and gain experience in a new job function and/or industry.

Internship Statistics/Facts

  • Every year, over 95% of Darden students do a summer internship, and a large number of these students come back to Darden in the fall with full-time job offers.
  • 80% of students get their internships through on-Grounds recruiting (opportunities from companies who travel to Charlottesville to recruit Darden students).

Internship Companies & Opportunities

The following companies hired five or more Darden students for summer internships in 2013.

Anheuser-Busch InBev*
Bain & Company, Inc.*
Bank of America
Boston Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG)*
Credit Suisse
Danaher Corporation*
Deloitte Consulting*
Deutsche Bank*
General Electric
Goldman, Sachs & Co.*
J.P. Morgan*
Johnson & Johnson*
Microsoft Corp.*

*Hired at least one student who does not have permanent U.S. work authorization.

Visit Hiring Companies for a complete list of companies that have hired students for summer internships or full-time jobs.

Alternative Summer Internships

  • Darden Business Incubator (DBI): The DBI provides a community of student and faculty support, as well as $13,000 in funding for a select group of students to start business ventures during the summer.
  • Batten Venture Internship Program: This program provides Darden students the opportunity to pursue summer internships with venture capital firms or start-ups around the country. To promote and support student involvement with these firms, the Batten Endowment provides a matching stipend to supplement a student’s summer salary.
  • Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund (DNIF): Students interested in doing an internship for a nonprofit organization can apply for a stipend through the DNIF to help defray summer living expenses.  

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