Internship Information, Dates and Deadlines
Upcoming Internship Information Sessions:
Thursday, January 30, 4:00 (Owen 229)
Friday, February 21, 3:00 (Location: Owen 229)
Tuesday, February 25, 2:00 (Location: New Hall 111)
Monday, March 3, 3:30 (Location: Owen 229)
Monday, March 17, 4:00 (Location: Owen 229)
If you are planning to do a Summer or Fall 2014 internship and have not attended an information session in the past, plan to attend an information session this Spring. If you are thinking about an internship at any time in the future, you are also welcome to attend any of these sessions.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (for summer internships)
Friday, March 28, 2014 (for fall internships)... see note below
NOTE: Fall internship: If circumstances with your Fall internship won't allow you to submit your proposal by March 28th, you must submit a DRAFT proposal to the Internship Coordinator to explain the situation. This will allow the Department to save a seat for you in MGMT 489.
The MGMT 489 course will be offered this summer 2014 if the enrollment is at least 12 students. So, if you need this course this summer, be sure to enroll early!
Internship Fast Facts:
- Mgmt 489: Project-based Professional Internship is a requirement for graduation (Mgmt 499: Undergraduate Research in Management is an alternative to Mgmt 489)
- An internship is normally completed in the senior year
- Student must have 2.0 cumulative GPA (overall/major)
- The internship is project based. Interns must produce a project deliverable. (It is not a co-op program.)
- Enrolling in the Mgmt 489 course, and the corresponding coursework, is part of the internship
- Internship may be paid or unpaid
- If performed where employed, internship may not be part of your regular job
- Students must have an approved internship proposal before doing the internship work.
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
MGMT 489 will usually be offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters. It is a regular class that meets throughout the semester. There are assignments and opportunities to develop the internship deliverables.
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.
Students will be prohibited from enrolling in the MGMT 489 course BEFORE beginning the project. This means that the project-based internship:
● …may be started and completed concurrently with MGMT 489, OR…
● …may be started prior to enrolling in the MGMT 489 course. This option is available only for students completing field work in the summer who can then take the course in the following Fall semester. If a student chooses this option, the student must: (a) inform the Internship Coordinator and the Internship Advisor of this choice prior to starting the internship project, (b) complete the MGMT 489 course in the Fall semester immediately following the summer internship.
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: These two tasks can be done at the same time-- as you are drafting your proposal, you are also seeking the advice of a potential Internship Advisor
4a. 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.
4b. Find a faculty member who is willing to serve as your Internship Advisor
You will ask a faculty member to serve as your Internship Advisor. This is the faculty member you will request, but in order to spread the advisor duties among all the faculty, you may be assigned a different Internship Advisor. However, if you can't get your first choice, every effort will be made to match you with the faculty member who will be able to offer you the best advice for your type of project.
Step 5: Submit your proposal to the Internship Coordinator
a) Email the proposal to the Internship Coordinator at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
b) Once your proposal is accepted by the department (step 'a' above), the following three 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 three signatures on your proposal-- the host, adviser and you (the intern).
III) Once you have all four signatures, return the proposal to the the Internship Coordinator. The "date of final approval" will be recorded on the proposal by the Internship Coordinator. A copy will made for you. Keep this signed document close at hand during your internship-- it serves as your proof of agreement between you and the department.
***Note: You must have a signed internship proposal before you do your internship work.
Step 6: These two tasks can be done at the same time. Or, you may complete your internship and then you must take the MGMT 489 course in the following semester.
6a. Enroll in the Mgmt 489 course
Once you have a complete proposal with all the signatures, the Internship Coordinator will ask the Mgmt 489 instructor to open the course for you. Once you receive a confirmation email from the instructor, you should register for the course within the time period specified in this email.
6b. Complete your internship
* Before you begin your internship:
Develop a timeline for your internship and discuss it with your Internship Advisor
* While you are doing your internship:
Keep in weekly contact with your Internship Advisor
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 account.
If you do not know how to use Mahara software:
Mahara Training Sessions will be held for students planning a summer 2014 or fall 2014 internship in the Kimmel Lab in the library (behind the reference desk) on the following two dates:
Friday, March 28, 1:00 until 2:30
Thursday, April 10, 12:30 until 2:00
Mahara instructions (Mahara Training Essentials) can be found in the following Moodle page: Department of MGMT & ACCT Information & Resources. All MGMT & ACCT students should have access to this Moodle page-- contact the Internship Coordinator if you do not.
Step 7: 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: