Internship Information, Dates and Deadlines
NOTE: Internship reminders (with dates and deadlines) are regulary sent to all Management students via email (once or twice a month during the fall and spring semesters). Additional details can be found on this webpage.
Upcoming Internship Information Sessions:
Information meetings for summer and fall 2014 interns have passed-- they were held during the spring 2014 semester. Information meeting dates for upcoming spring and summer 2015 interns will be posted soon. Dates about all meetings are sent to all Management students via email.
For Fall 2014 internships:
Friday, March 28, 2014
For Spring 2015 internships:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
An internship must produce a product. What does this mean?
Rather than simply carrying out a task for your host, your internship must involve a large degree of your creativity to plan, design and execute a project. The project must have a beginning and an end-- the end must result in a deliverable. This deliverable is a tangible product that you, your internship host and the Department of Management & Accountancy can clearly identify, describe, and evaluate. This deliverable must make a significant contribution to the organization.
The Mgmt 489 requirement
You will not be permitted to enroll in MGMT 489 until you have an internship proposal that has been approved by the Internship Coordinator, your Internship Advisor and the host at your internship site. The proposal approval process can take a month or more, so plan ahead.
Beginning Fall 2014, this course must be taken during the semester you complete the internship fieldwork. If you are doing the fieldwork in the Fall, you must enroll in MGMT 489 in the Fall; if you are doing the fieldwork in the Spring, you must enroll in MGMT 489 in the Spring; if you are doing the fieldwork in the Summer, you must enroll in MGMT 489 in the Summer. There are absolutely no exceptions to this. The course is managed as a "hybrid online" course in which students work online and, in addition, meet with the instructor in person or over skype.
Grading for MGMT 489 includes:
Class meetings and other course assignments
Final written report
Evaluation from internship host
What steps do I take to propose and complete my internship?
Step 1: Attend an internship information meeting
Dates and times appear above.
Step 2: Find an internship
Many internship possibilities can be found on the UNC Asheville Career Center website through Rocky Link.
If you have an interest in a specific industry, you should first check the Career Center site (see above). If you can't find anything of interest, you may then wish to talk with the Internship Coordinator (see below) or utilize your own contacts to discuss potential internships and arrange for an internship host.
PLEASE NOTE: Applying for an internship is similar to applying for a job. Therefore, plan on applying at least one month before the proposal deadline because you will need ample time to:
- contact the internship host via phone
- send a resume to the internship host
- schedule an interview
Step 3: Complete the "Checklist for Internships" document
The rationale for this step can be found here: Unpaid internship criteria (U.S. Department of Labor)
If you locate an internship through the UNC Asheville Career Center, you do not need to complete this step. This is because these internships have already been approved through the checklist.
However, if you find your own internship, your prospective internship host must complete and sign this form. The completed and signed form must then be delivered to the Internship Coordinator so it can be filed with your proposal in the Management & Accountancy Department.
Step 4: Write your proposal
** Your proposal must have a professional appearance-- if it does not, it will not receive final approval from the faculty. It must be no longer than one page and formatted exactly as shown in the example below with the following specifications:
- Times New Roman font
- Body in font size 11
Example proposal here.
******Note: It can often take a month or two of iterations to get the final version of your internship proposal approved. So plan ahead and start early on the proposal process! If you are late submitting your proposal, the faculty cannot guarantee that your proposal can be accepted in time for you to start it during the semester you are planning.
** For more information on writing and submitting your proposal, attend one of the Internship Information Sessions-- see dates above.
Step 5: Submit your proposal to the Internship Coordinator
a) Email the proposal to the Internship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org without any signatures (note that the email address is mgmt followed by the word internship with no space in between). The Internship Coordinator will work to get your proposal approved by the department. The document must be free of grammar and spelling errors before it will be submitted to the department for approval. During the approval process, you are likely to be required to do one or more rewrites-- look for updates on your proposal that will be sent to you from email@example.com.
b) Once your proposal is accepted by the department (step 'a' above), the following four steps must then be completed:
I) The Internship Coordinator will print and sign the proposal and notify you to pick up the printed copy.
II) You will pick up the proposal and get the other signatures on your proposal-- the host and you (the intern).
III) Once you have all the signatures, return the proposal to the the Internship Coordinator. The "date of final approval" will be recorded on the proposal by the Internship Coordinator.
IV) After all signatures are acquired and the "date of final approval" is recorded, the Internship Coordinator will scan a copy of your proposal with all the signatures and email the file to you. This file must be uploaded to your Mahara page. (If you do not know how to use Mahara software, see the list of training sessions below.)
***Note: You must have a signed internship proposal before you do your internship work.
Step 6: Enroll in the Mgmt 489 course
Once you have a complete proposal with all the signatures, the Internship Coordinator will open the course for you. Once you receive a confirmation email, you should register for the course within the time period specified in this email.
Step 7: Complete your internship
* Before you begin your internship:
Develop a timeline (project plan) for your internship.
* While you are doing your internship:
Keep a journal with details of what you are doing and what you are learning during the internship (these will be vital components for developing the final report for your project in MGMT 489). Beginning with summer 2014 internships, students will be required to upload their weekly journal reports to a Mahara e-portfolio.
Develop the documentation for your internship and do the final presentation.
You will develop this documentation during the Mgmt 489 course.
You will present your project towards the end of the Mgmt 489 course.
Internship Program Coordinator: