Management Internships

Every Management student has the opportunity to participate in a project-based internship experience.  If they choose to get academic credit for the experience, the fieldwork is done as a senior (or rising senior) in the Mgmt 489 course. Students do their internship fieldwork with regional employers of choice, along with nationally known corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These beyond-the-classroom learning experiences involve the intentional development, design, and implementation of a product, service, or innovation that both leverages student expertise and participating demand by host organizations. In recent years, sample internship sites include Volvo Construction, McKesson Corporation, Mission Health, Buncombe County School System, Social Construct Films, AVL Technologies, Highland Brewery, the Cliffs, the Orange Peel, Northwestern Mutual, Moog Music, ERC Broadband, among many others. 

Internship reminders, with dates and deadlines, are regularly sent to all Management students via email, at least once or twice a month during the fall and spring semesters.  Additional details can be found on this webpage.

 

What is an internship?

Many organizations label opportunities as “internships” because they need a temporary employee and/or they want to see if a student might fit in the organization before hiring him/her.  However, just because an organization labels something as an “internship” does not mean it can qualify for academic credit.  In order for internship fieldwork to qualify for academic credit, it must be tied to an academic experience. 

The Mgmt 489 course provides this academic experience.  During Mgmt 489, students will:  relate their internship fieldwork to the academic courses they have taken, manage a project that will produce a product, and present their work in a professional form.

Any student can do an "internship" for non-credit. But, in order to receive credit, Management students must enroll in Mgmt 489 and adhere to the UNC Asheville Policy for Credit-Bearing Internships.

Your time commitment:  In order to receive academic credit for your internship, UNC Asheville requires 35 hours for every credit earned.  Since Mgmt 489 is a 3-credit course, you are required to complete 105 hours in any given semester.  However, your Mgmt 489 assignments will count towards these 105 hours.  Therefore, this averages to approximately 7 hours of fieldwork per week during the fall or spring semesters (approx 13 weeks) and 9 hours of fieldwork per week during the summer semester (approx 9 weeks). 

The internship must produce a product.

During your internship, you must solve a problem the organization has and produce a tangible product (a deliverable) that involves your project management skills to creatively plan, execute and deliver.  This product must be created entirely by you, be delivered to the host at your internship site, and be included in your portfolio of items that will be graded in the Mgmt 489 course. 

In order to determine the product for your internship, have a discussion with the people who will supervise you at your internship site-- they are the ones who are most familiar with that organizations's problems/challenges/opportunities and the product(s) you can produce to address these.

 

How do I secure an internship and how early should I begin the process?

Start to look for an internship at least 3-4 months before you expect the internship to begin.  If you wait until the last minute, the Management Internship Coordinator will not have enough lead time to discuss your interests, schedule interviews with host organizations that fit your interests, and help you draft your proposal.

4-5 months before your internship begins…
Attend an internship information meeting. The meeting dates are posted on this Management Internship website and emailed to all Management students near the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

3-4 months before your internship begins…
Make an appointment with the Management Internship Coordinator who will advise you on finding an internship and defining your project deliverable.

2-3 months before your internship begins…
Confirm your internship and submit your internship project proposal to the Management Dept.  Instructions for submitting your proposal can be found on this Management Internship website.
Once your internship project proposal is approved, you can register for the MGMT 489 course.

 

Important Reminders:  

Students must have a minimum of 30 credits in Management courses before they can receive credit for their internship. These 30 credits may come from the required Management courses in MGMT, ACCT, and ECON.  Please do not submit an internship proposal if your transcript does not have a record of these 30 credits because you will not be permitted to enroll in MGMT 489 and receive credit for your internship.

Student must enroll in Mgmt 489 during the same semester of their internship fieldwork.  This is because UNCA policy will not allow us to award retroactive credit. For example, if your internship fieldwork is done in the summer, you must register for the summer section of Mgmt 489. If you do not enroll in the correct semester, you will not be able to complete the assignments in Mgmt 489 and therefore you will not be able to earn credit for your internship.

 

Information about proposing and completing an internship follows....                                                                   

Management Internship Information, Dates, and Deadlines

If you wish to do a Summer or Fall 2018 internship, attend one of the Internship Proposal Information Sessions ...

Monday, February 19, 4pm (location: Owen 113)

Wednesday, February 28, 4pm (location: Owen 113) 

Wednesday, March 7, 4pm (location: Owen 113)

Tuesday, March 20, 4pm (location: Owen 113)

Wednesday, March 21, 4pm (locaton: Owen 113)

 

Deadlines to submit your proposal OR an "intent to submit" form...

Summer 2018 - the deadline is March 23, 2018. The summer 2018 internship course (Mgmt 489) begins on June 5 and ends on August 2.

Fall 2018 - the deadline is April 13, 2018

By the deadline, you must submit one of the following:  (a) proposal or (b) intent-to-submit form described under "What can I do if I can't meet the proposal deadlines?" below.  If your proposal is submitted and accepted before the deadlines shown above, you can pre-register for MGMT 489.  So, even though there are firm deadlines, sooner is better!  

If you do not submit one of the above two items by the deadline, 10 points will be deducted from the points earned in the MGMT 489 course.

The MGMT 489 course

 
Next MGMT 489 class is...
Summer 2018 Term 4 beginning June 5 and ending August 2, 2018.  The important first day of class is on Tuesday June 5 from 8:30 until 11:00am in RRO 129.
 
The MGMT 489 course is titled Project-Based Professional Internship.  Since it is a 400-level course, you should plan on doing your internship for academic credit only after you have taken most of your other 100, 200, and 300-level Management courses.  This means that you will most likely do your internship, and take MGMT 489, in your senior year.
 
Students sometimes wonder why they can't get academic credit by simply doing work at something that is labelled an "internship" at an outside organization.  The answer is simple-- UNC Asheville cannot legally award academic credit without an academic experience.  You will get this academic experience in MGMT 489.
 
Student must enroll in Mgmt 489 during the same semester of their internship fieldwork.  This is because UNCA policy will not allow us to award retroactive credit. For example, if your internship fieldwork is done in the summer, you must register for the summer section of Mgmt 489. If you do not enroll in the correct semester, you will not be able to complete the assignments in Mgmt 489 and therefore you will not be able to earn credit for your internship.

Student must enroll in Mgmt 489 during the same semester of their internship fieldwork.  This is because UNCA policy does not allow students to earn retroactive credit. For example, if your internship fieldwork is done in the summer, you must register for the summer section of Mgmt 489. If you do not enroll in the correct semester, you will not be able to complete the assignments in Mgmt 489 and therefore you will not be able to earn credit for your internship.

You cannot begin your internship until:

  • You have submitted your internship proposal and it has been approved by the department
  • You have enrolled in and begun the Mgmt 489 course.

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 Management Department and the host at your internship site. The proposal approval process can take a month or more, so plan ahead.

As stated in the UNC Asheville Policy for Credit-Bearing Internships, the internship course (Mgmt 489) must be taken during the semester you complete the internship fieldwork. During the Mgmt 489 course, each student will be responsible for attending all class meetings (in person or over teleconference) and attending individual meetings with the instructor (in person or over skype).  In addition, assignments will be done in an online e-portfolio (using WordPress).

The Mgmt 489 course is currently offered every fall, spring, and summer semesters. The next course will be in Term IV of summer 2018.  The dates of Term IV are June 5 through Aug 2, 2018.

Grading for MGMT 489 includes:

  • Journal entries
  • Class meetings and individual meetings with the instructor
  • Final written report (executive summary, reflection of learning, and deliverable)
  • Final presentation
  • Evaluation from internship host

Late proposal submissions received after the deadline will have 10 points deducted from the total points earned in Mgmt 489.

Step 1: Attend an internship information meeting

Dates and times for upcoming internship information meetings appear under "Management Internship Information, Dates and Deadlines" above.  These meetings will give you the details you need to apply for an internship, write your proposal, and be accepted for admission to the MGMT 489 class.  A summary of this information appears on this website.

 

Step 2: Find an internship

Where can you find an internship?

Sometimes this process can feel overwhelming, but the Management Internship Coordinator is here to help!  Make an appointment and she will discuss your interests, provide suggestions and arrange interviews for you, if you wish.  It is up to you to keep in touch with the Management Internship Coordinator if you need additional help throughout the process. 

In addition to meeting with the Management Internship Coordinator, here are some other places to look for an internship...

(1) Many exciting internship possibilities can be found on the UNC Asheville Career Center website through Handshake.

(2)  Attend the Career Center internship events.  These events allow you to explore internship opportunities by meeting hiring managers from local organizations and several on-campus departments. See the dates for this semester on the Career Center website.

  • Internship Expo:  Tuesday, February 27, 12pm-1pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall
  • Career Fair (with internships too):  Tuesday, March 27, 11am-2pm at Sherrill Center

(3)  Stop by the Career Center.  The Career Center welcomes appointments or you may stop by during their walk-in hours.

(4)  Go to websites of specific organizations that interest you.  Organizations often advertise internships on their websites, with information about how to apply.

 

Begin to look for an internship at least 3 months before your proposal is due.  Applying for an internship is similar to applying for a job-- the process of getting the interview, followed by the host organization's decision-making process and paperwork will often take much longer than you think. 

Step 3: Complete the MGMT 489 Prerequisite Form

Students must have a minimum of 30 credits in Management courses before they can receive credit for their internship. These 30 credits may come from the required Management courses in MGMT, ACCT, and ECON.  Please do not submit an internship proposal if your transcript does not have a record of these 30 credits because you will not be permitted to enroll in MGMT 489 and receive credit for your internship.

Complete and submit the MGMT 489 Prerequisite Form

Once you complete and submit this form, notify the Management Internship Coordinator (mgmtinternship@unca.edu) before or at the same time you submit your internship proposal.

Step 4: Write your proposal

Your proposal must be in the correct format, have a professional appearance and be free of any grammar or spelling errors. If these errors are found, it will be returned. Since the project is proposed by the student, the proposal must be written in first person (for example, use "I will" rather than "the intern will").  It must no longer than one page and formatted exactly as shown in the example below with the following specifications:

Note: It can often take 3 to 4 weeks 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 or proposal draft, the Management Department cannot guarantee that you will be able to enroll in the MGMT 489 course during the semester you are hoping to do so.

For more information on writing and submitting your proposal, attend one of the Internship Information Meetings (dates appear above).  In addition, as you are writing your proposal, feel free to make an appointment with the Management Internship Coordinator, Dr. Manns-- she will be glad to help!

 

Step 5: Get your proposal approved

By the due date, you must submit one of the following:  (a) proposal or (b) intent-to-submit form described under "What can I do if I can't meet the proposal deadlines?" below.  

Email the proposal to the Internship Coordinator in MS-WORD format so that comments can be inserted during the review process. Email the file to mgmtinternship@unca.edu without any signatures--note that the email address is mgmt followed by the word internship with no space in between.

  • The subject line of the email must be:  (your-last-name in parenthesis) followed by Internship Proposal. For example: (Smith) Internship Proposal.
  • (for proposals only, option 'a' above) ... The body of the email must contain the following statement:  By making this submission to the Department of Management & Accountancy, I am certifying that I have been accepted into this position by the host organization shown in the attached proposal.  
  • This statement must be followed by your complete name, again in the body of the email.

The Internship Coordinator will then work to get your proposal approved by the department.  During the approval process, you will be sent feedback on your proposal and will likely do one or more revisions--look for feedback that will be sent to you from mgmtinternship@unca.edu.

Once your proposal is accepted by the department, the Mgmt 489 course will then be opened for you to register. 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).  You must get these other two signatures on the copy that was signed by the Internship Coordinator.

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 can then be uploaded to your internship page in your e-portfolio.  (If you have never created an e-portfolio, you will learn how to do this in the beginning of the Mgmt 489 course.)

Note: You must have a signed internship proposal before you begin your internship work.

Step 6: Enroll in the Mgmt 489 course

Once your internship proposal is approved, you will receive a confirmation email that Mgmt 489 has been opened for you, and you can then register for this course.

Step 7: Complete your internship

During the first week of your internship fieldwork:  

  • Develop a project plan for your internship.  (This is usually in the form of a timeline.)

While you are doing your internship fieldwork, you will do the following during the Mgmt 489 course:

  • 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). Students will be required to upload their weekly journal reports to a WordPress e-portfolio.
  • Meet regularly with the instructor and the other internship students in the Mgmt 489 course.
  • Develop the deliverable you stated in your internship proposal.
  • Prepare a final written report with: (a) an executive summary, (b) your summary of what you learned, (c) your deliverable.
  • Prepare and deliver a final presentation.

If your internship location is not within driving distance to campus, you will still need to attend class meetings.  Please see "May I do an internship outside the Asheville area" in the section below.

What can I do if I can't meet the proposal deadlines?

Proposal deadlines can be found above under "Management Internship Information, Dates, and Deadlines" above.

If you cannot submit a completed internship proposal because you have not yet confirmed an internship, you may complete an "Intent to Submit" form (option 'b' under Management Internship Information, Dates, and Deadlines above).  Be sure to do this by the proposal deadline date.  You must make an appointment with the Management Internship Coordinator to get a copy of this form.

Note:  The "Intent to Submit" form does not guarantee you a place in Mgmt 489, but it will allow your name to appear on a wait list.

May I do an internship outside the Asheville area, or even outside the United States?

Yes.  You can do your internship in any location you wish. However, you must give the Management Internship Coordinator a 4-month notice before the start of the semester. 

To earn Mgmt 489 credit for internships outside the Asheville area, or even outside the United States, you will need to complete all the Mgmt 489 course assignments (see above under "complete your internship") and teleconference into the Mgmt 489 class meetings.  To do this, you must notify the Management Internship Coordinator IN WRITING NO LESS THAN 4 MONTHS BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER. This is because our teleconference facility must be reserved 4 months ahead of the start of the semester-- if you do not do this, we will not be able to reserve the teleconference facility and, instead, you will need to attend the Mgmt 489 class in person.

Email your request to mgmtinternship@unca.edu.  Once your request is approved by the Managment Internship Coordinator, your name will be sent to UNC Asheville Distance Learning Services:

Greg Dillingham
Manager-Distance Learning Svcs
126 Rhoades/Robinson Hall
1 University Heights
828-251-6333
gregd@unca.edu

You must test the software with Distance Learning Services BEFORE the day of the first Mgmt 489 class meeting.

Why does the Department of Management & Accountancy have these requirements?

The internship structure and paperwork described on this website protects the students!  These policies protect you against being economically exploited at your internship site because you and your host will sign a proposal stating what you will gain from your internship experience.  In addition, your well-defined proposal allows you to have an important role in determining how your internship will be evaluated and graded.

For more information...

For more information, contact the Management Internship Coordinator 

Mary Lynn Manns, PhD

mgmtinternship@unca.edu

828.251.6286

206 Owen Building