The USM's School of Business Internship Program allows students at the graduate and bachelor's level the opportunity to apply classroom learning in area businesses for academic credit. The course is a cooperative, supervised work experience involving the student, employer, and a School of Business faculty sponsor. Interns work in a field that is aligned with their majors (or minors) in the School of Business.
What are Some Benefits of Internships?
- To provide an experiential learning opportunity in a professional setting where classroom learning can be applied, evaluated, and put in proper perspective.
- To increase student awareness of how they think, feel, and act in a professional setting and how others in that setting think, feel, and act toward them
- To improve students' work-related proficiencies such as written and interpersonal communication skills and resume preparation.
- To provide information and to develop networks that students can use to evaluate their preparation for full-time work, plan their careers, and obtain jobs upon graduation.
- To increase opportunities for faculty contact with organizations in the community and to increase these organizations' awareness of the School.
- To enable employers to identify and train prospective employees without having to make a formal commitment to full-time employment.
- To provide academic credit for students' Internship experience.
- To help defray education expenses.
- To develop students' confidence and professionalism.
Who is Eligible for the School of Business Internship Program?
The Internship Program requires students to be majoring or formally minoring in a business program. For 300 level internships students must have completed 54 credit hours and have junior standing; and for 200 level internships students must be a major and have completed 24 credit hours and have sophomore status. Download information about Eligibility.
Only one 300 level internship can be satisfy major requirements. Any other internship credit goes in the general elective category. The maximum number of business internship credits that can go towards your degree requirements are nine.
All business administration/marketing/risk management & insurance/sport management majors need a minimum grade point average of 2.33. All accounting and finance majors need a minimum grade point average of 2.5. All MBA/MSA students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible for the Internship program. All students should check with his or her advisor to determine eligibility.
What is the Internship Process for Students?
Interested students should meet with their student advisor to determine eligibility. Once the student has been found eligible and the internship process discussed, the student needs to make an appointment to visit the School of Business Internship Coordinator for further information. Appointments can be made by calling (207) 780-4020 or by visiting the School of Business Office located in 113 Luther Bonney Hall. Download the Internship Guidebook for Students. Step by step instructions on how to seek credit can be found on pages 6 & 7 of the Internship Guidebook.
The Internship Program has internship listings in various areas. However, interest in the program does not guarantee placement with an employer, students must actively work with the coordinator and on their own. (It is also possible for a student to turn an existing job into an internship.) Internships have to be new learning: new internship, new job; or new project at a current job and has to be approved by a faculty member. Minimum hours also have to be met based on the level of internship. Most internships are posted on USM Job and Internship Board (MYUSM Campus Portal > Launch Pad > green 'Job Board' icon). To find out where to log in, click here.
The University will assist in resume and cover letter development. Students are selected and interviewed by prospective employers. Faculty sponsors are aligned with the specific internship focus. Students can ask a faculty member to be his or her faculty sponsor or the internship coordinator can assist the student in finding one. Students create a learning contract and faculty members review and may suggest revisions to the learning contract. The faculty member reviews the internship description and learning goals to determine if the opportunity can qualify for academic credit. Click for a business sample packet or accounting sample packet.
Once the Learning Contract has been agreed upon by the student and faculty sponsor, the undergraduate student is registered in a credit course by the School of Business Internship Coordinator. You will need to bring your approved learning contract; your internship approval form with all four signatures on it; educational affiliation agreement (EAA) - paid and credit EAA or unpaid and credit EAA signed by the employer and Out of State Authorization Request (if applicable, found half way down the web-page) to your meeting. The out of state authorization request does not need to be filled out for all states as many states have reciprocal agreements.
In the event the internship coordinator is unavailable the student may register with Melissa Burns. The 3 credit upper level internship courses available are BUS 390 (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, BUS 391 (Sustainable Business), BUS 392 (Marketing), BUS 394 (International Business), BUS 395 (General Business); BUS 396 (Internship II). BUS 397 (Sport Management major); ACC 395/396 (Accounting); FIN 395/396 (Finance), RMI 395/396 (Risk Management & Insurance). There are also 200 level internships (1-3 credits) available for business majors.
Kathryn Cavallero, Coordinator of Internships and Field Placements
College of Management & Human Service
Appt.'s: (207) 780-4020
Kathryn.Cavallero@maine.edu; (207) 780-4184