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Internships

Charlton College of Business students can earn 3 credits by participating in an approved internship. CCB students have developed skills and abilities and have acquired valuable knowledge while working for a variety of companies and non-profit agencies. Internships can be approved in all business areas including accounting, budgeting, MIS, customer service, marketing and sales, operations management, banking, investing and insurance, personal financial planning, and human resource management.

Visit our Internship Blog to see a list of current and past internship opportunities.

Why Pursue an Internship?

Internships are an excellent way to gain real world experience while at the same time applying lessons learned in the classroom to business situations. For an internship to gain CCB approval, the intern employers must demonstrate the proposed internship is of a high enough rigor level to substantiate course credit. The work experience must provide the student with a professional learning experience and should consist of both supervised training and on the job learning experiences. Jobs that merely require the student to perform clerical or routine tasks should not be considered as internships.

The goals of all internships must include:

  • Applying theory to actual working situations
  • Gaining knowledge by performing tasks, working on projects, and completing other on the job learning experiences related to a business discipline.
  • Gaining a greater degree of self-direction in the learning process
  • Testing a tentative career choice

Through an internship, you will be better prepared for employment and graduate school. Employers are looking for students with real world experience and many intern employers use internships as a means to recruit future managers.

Internships Defined

Not all work experiences are internships. An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (source: National Association of Colleges and Employers).

To ensure that an experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

For experiences in which the student is also earning academic credit, the college or university’s requirements in combination with the criteria laid out above will be used to determine if the experience is a legitimate internship.

Students can complete an internship with or without enrolling in a credit-bearing internship course, depending on the employer requirements. Internships can be paid or unpaid.

Are you eligible to do an internship for credit?

In order to be eligible for an internship-for-credit in the Charlton College of Business you must:

  • Have at least junior standing (60 credits).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Be a Charlton College of Business student.
  • Be hired by an approved internship employer.
  • Enroll in the Internship course.
  • Complete all paperwork by the end of the Add/Drop period.

What to do if you want to earn credit with an internship?

If you want to earn 3 credits with a business elective via an internship, please follow these steps:

1. You must have an approved internship. Please review the Internship Policies and Procedures  before beginning this process. The Charlton College of Business does not provide a match-making service at this time, rather we act as a conduit and a facilitator and post internship opportunities as we receive them and advise students on internship planning. You can apply for any of the internships you might see on the internship blog or present a proposed internship to the internship director for approval. If you have a proposed internship, please provide the internship director with the following information (via email):

Description of the company including the mission, location, sales and market coverage. Please include your web URL (if you have it):

Primary duties and responsibilities:

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?

Job Title:

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):

Skills required:

Hours of work:

Start and end dates:

Primary supervisor and contact information:

2. After approval by the internship director, enroll in internship course, a 100% online course delivered via myCourses.

3. Complete all the requirements of the internship course (discussions, journals, essays, term paper, etc.) and submit a letter confirming hours worked (at least 135 hours) and an intership performance evaluation completed by supervisor.

For Companies and Agencies Looking to Hire Interns

Intern employers must demonstrate the proposed internship involves enough rigor to justify course credit. The work experience must provide the student with a professional learning experience and should consist of both supervised training and on the job learning experiences. Jobs that merely require the student to perform clerical or routine tasks are not considered internships. Intern employers may accept or reject any student who is referred by the Charlton College of Business. The goals of all internships must include:

  1. Applying business theory to actual working situations
  2. Gaining new knowledge by performing tasks, working on projects, and completing other on the job learning experiences related to a business discipline
  3. Gaining a greater degree of self-direction in the learning process
  4. Testing a tentative career choice

For organizations interested in offering an internship, send the following information to: mgriffin@umassd.edu (Michael P. Griffin, CCB Internship Director.):

Description of the company including the mission, location, sales and market coverage. Please include your web URL (if you have it):

Primary duties and responsibilities:

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?

Job Title:

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):

Skills required:

Hours of work:

Start and end dates:

Primary supervisor and contact information:

In addition, please submit details about your proposed internship to our CareerLink system.  CareerLink is the UMASS Dartmouth job and internship portal maintained by our Career Development Center staff.  Click this link to add your internship posting to the CareerLink system where it can be seen by students: https://www.myinterfase.com/umassd/employer/

Also, if you want information about the best practices of internship providers, click on the Best Practices link below. It will give you some ideas on how to run an excellent internship program and the expectations we have for quality internships.

Internships can be paid or unpaid. Obviously, there is more student demand for paid internships however, some students are interested in unpaid internships that offer excellent learning opportunities. If you are an employer and want to learn more about our internship, please download our Internship Brochure.

For More Information on CCB Internships, contact Michael P. Griffin, Assistant Dean at 508-910-6947 email: mgriffin@umassd.edu

To see current internship opportunities or to read about tips and advice, visit http://www.businessinternships.blogspot.com/

Internship Resources

For additional internship related resources, visit these sites:

Vault.com Fortune magazine recently called Vault "The best place on the Web to prepare for a job search." The site has videos on top rated internships.

hotjobs.yahoo.com is another place to search for internships. Use the keyword: Internship and search for a specific state: (i.e., MA).

MonsterTRAK is the leading website for college students and alumni to find jobs, internships and part-time work during school and after graduation. In addition to targeted job postings, the site features a range of career management resources including job search tips, alumni networks and more.

Indeed.com a leading job search site that can extract internship listings from a variety of web sources. You can perform key word searches (such as Accounting Internships Boston, Massachusetts) and have email alerts sent to you daily when internships that meet your search criteria hit the web. Many CCB students have found great internships by utilizing the email alert feature of Indeed.com.

UMD's Career Development Center can help you search for internships via CareerLink, a web based career planning and job search tool. CCB students are encouraged to make an appointment with one of the career counselors of the CDC, early in their academic career at UMass Dartmouth.

Check out the BusinessWeek article: The Best Places to Launch a Career:

http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/sep2007/ca20070913_595536.htm?chan=search

Accounting majors should note that several national accounting firms have made the list. Also, some of the companies that employ Charlton College of Business interns are on the list, such as UPS, Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, PWC, Disney, Johnson and Johnson, Raytheon, Northwest Mutual, and MetLife.

If you are interested in summer internships, look through the list. Many of these companies offer summer internships. Take time to look through the list and visit some of the web sites. Many companies accept resumes and or applications online for their summer internship programs.

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