Internships and
Class Projects

A hands-on experience is at the core of the Business program at Goshen College. The internship program is designated to integrate and to apply theoretical learning with a real-world application, while our class projects give students the opportunity to work on projects outside of the classroom environment.


Real World Experience at Home

Java Junction is a student-managed coffee bar on the campus of Goshen College.  All employees are students and the managers are selected by the business department through an application process. Managers enroll in BUS 360, Java Junction Management, and receive academic credit for managing all aspects of the business; operations, human resources, marketing, purchasing, and accounting.  Students are supervised by a business department faculty member and receive a grade for their work based on the the success of the business as well as their own individual contributions to the management team. Java Junction provides an atmosphere that allows students, faculty, staff, and the Goshen community to enjoy quality food and beverages, live music, and fellowship.

Real World Experience in the Field

Business students at Goshen College have an excellent opportunity to incorporate classroom and textbook theories to a “real world” setting. Students learn first-hand how to use their academic skills.

For the Student:

  • If the internship takes place during Fall or Spring semesters, the student is required to complete 120 hrs. of work at their place of internship. If the internship takes place during the Summer semester, the requirement is 240 hrs. of work.
  • Students will gain an invaluable experience in their field.
  • Several internship positions are paid, providing the student with some additional income.
  • Students are able to establish networks in the business community and their performance can lead to long-term employment with the same company after graduation.

For the Employer:

  • Employers receive a well-educated, student to assist them in the practical application of the latest business strategies and techniques.
  • Employers gain the opportunity to test, and possible hire new talent.
  • Our students and the Internship Program will help the employer achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.

Who is hiring our interns?

Our students are applying their skills and knowledge at important companies and organizations in our community. Some examples are:

  • Ernst & Young
  • IU Health – Goshen Hospital
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Everence
  • McGladrey
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Intercambio Express

If you would like to partner with our department for internship programs, please contact Phil Mason at  (574)535-7877 or

Class Projects

Students have the opportunity to work on projects outside of the classroom environment. Under the supervision of faculty members, students have completed market research projects, written business plans, and designed websites for local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

The business department faculty bring real-world business experience to the classroom. In addition to academic backgrounds in business, the faculty have significant experience working in the business world. Some faculty members have started their own businesses, others have worked internationally,and all bring the business world into the classroom. Having opportunities to integrate classroom learning with real business experiences is a critical part of business education.