"I have been with MGM since opening day and have encountered many interns. Craig has exceeded them all, to date. He is a natural professional both with his knowledge and his outgoing personality."
Room Inventory Specialist
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Although the majority of internships are paid, the most important benefits from an internship are the experience of going through the search process, working in a business setting, growing professionally, and gaining career insight.
Upon successful completion, students earn one unit of academic credit for each of their internships. They have three options for their two required internships.
- Two full-time, semester-long internships or
- One internship as above and one full-time semester of study at a foreign university or
- One internship as above and one off-campus semester that combines study with an internship.
The Center for International Education provides information about Off-Campus Programs offered through Albion College.
Students in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management minor program complete one internship, either option 1 or 3 above.
Laurel Draudt, associate director of the Gerstacker Institute, works with students throughout the internship search and application process. She recently talked about her role and why she loves it with Zach Kribs, '15, on the Golden Opportunities student blog.
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Paul M. Murray - Herman Miller, Inc.
As Herman Miller's Director of Environmental Affairs, Satety and Sustainability, Paul Murray guide the company's day-to-day "green" initiatives. This gives him a unique perspective on the many and varied environmental activities underway on any given day, the dollar value of these actions, and the vital role each individual Herman Miller employee plays. It also provides the basis for "The Power of One". Paul's presentation that articulates how the actions of even one person can have a profound impact on raising a company's -and even an industry's- environmental awaremenss. In May 2006, Vanity Fair magazine acknowledged Paul's efforts by including him in its special "Green" issue, in the section entitled, "The Re-Inventors: Green Architects and Designers".
Bill McKibben, Environmentalist/Author
A scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, McKibben organized Step It Up in 2007, an initiative that inspired 1,400 global warming demonstrations across all 50 states and which has been described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation's history. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone, McKibben is the author of nine books, including the bestselling Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007). McKibben points out the shortcomings of growth as an economic ideal and envisions a transition to more locally-based and environmentally-friendly economic activity.
Information for Alumni
Around the globe, Albion College Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management's nearly 1,200 Alumni are leading Fortune 500 companies, successfully running their own businesses, trading on Wall Street, and providing exemplary accounting and consulting services. In foreign countries and across the United States our alumni are still our most important resource.
Hire an Intern!
Partner with us to develop tomorrow's talented business leaders. For over forty years, the Gerstacker Institute/Professional Management Program has prepared students for careers which address complex business issues. We strive to bridge their academic experience and the world of work through internships and jobs that require them to use strong analytical, creative problem solving and communication skills. Employers like you can help us evaluate the effectiveness of the preparation we provide. We invite you to support our program as an intern sponsor or first employer of our students. In return, The Gerstacker Institute will help you attract the best talent from our competitive program.
Please consider hiring a Gerstacker Institute student! Our students are interested in a vast array of careers, and seek experience in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, sales, advertising, event planning, and market research among others. Gerstacker Institute majors are required to complete two full-time internships before graduation. Please contact us at
We Need Your Advice!
We want your feedback about how the Gerstacker Institute helped you as you started out in the professional business world and your advice about what changes could be made to make it even better. Regardless of when you completed the program, we would appreciate your opinions on how to best prepare our students for the challenges they face after graduation. Please complete the Gerstacker Institute alumni survey.
Share Your Talents
As a Gerstacker Institute graduate, you are a valuable resource for our students. There are many ways to help mentor Gerstacker Institute students, including speaking at on-campus events, hosting a student internship, and career counseling. We would appreciate knowing whether any of the following options for mentoring students and/or assisting the Institute are of interest to you. Please contact us and indicate how you would like to be involved:
- Internships and employment: Hire an intern during the school year or summer, sponsor a group visit at your place of business, hire new graduates.
- Speaker program: Be a Distinguished Speaker and provide a presentation for our students, and occasional lunch and learn discussions.
- Prospective Student Recruiting: Attend local recruiting events, discuss the Gerstacker program with prospective students and parents, and promote the program on a local level.
- Student mentoring: Work directly with students to build professional skills through workshops, case studies or advice on projects.
- Career and Internship Center: Provide career counseling, senior student mentoring, resume and cover letter review and mock interview sessions.
- Course perspective: Offer real-world perspective in marketing, financial analysis, technology, CPA preparation, written business communication, presentation skills.
- Student clubs and organizations: Participate in Albion College chapters of Delta Sigma Pi, The Accounting Society, The Investment Club, American Marketing Association, etc.
- Advisory Panel: Advise the Institute on market and employment trends, job search strategies, and employer expectations.
- Living accommodations: Host a student intern in your home (for example: room, board, transportation) while completing an internship.
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