Students work for a minimum of 130 contact hours (approximately 10 hours/week) for 3 hours of academic credit. Credit hours--and contact hours--may vary for students in engineering technology, surveying, digital media, interior design, and computing. Students may work more hours during internships or co-ops if negotiated with the employer.
Rates of pay vary and are set by the employer, ranging from $8/hour up to $22/hour; hourly rates of pay should not fall below federal minimum wage. Opportunities listed for not-for-profit entities may be unpaid; all other internship/co-op opportunities listed through the College should be paid.
The employer appoints a "site supervisor" to create a position description, develop projects, and oversee the student's work while interning/co-oping with the employer. Typically, students meet with site supervisors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The employer provides a safe work environment for student interns/co-ops.
The site supervisor and the intern/co-op complete the "Objectives-Learning Agreement Form" at the beginning of the internship/co-op.
The site supervisor is responsible for monitoring the student's progress on the job and providing regular feedback to the student.
The site supervisor completes a "Student Evaluation Form" at the conclusion of the internship/co-op, evaluating the student's performance while working for the employer.
Additional important details for participating employers are shared on the CBAT Internship/Co-op Program Overview for Employers.
To participate in the ETSU College of Business and Technology (CBAT) Internship/Co-op Program:
1. Contact Melinda LaPrade via firstname.lastname@example.org or at 423-439-5656 or office staff at 423-439-5300.
2. Complete Employer Registration (create user ID and employer password) on CBAT Internship-Co-op Program database at https://business.etsu.edu/cbatcs and, upon approval, share position information, describing position responsibilities, employee requirements (major(s), skills and wages. Effective fall 2014,we only list paid opportunities for our students, unless the employer is a not-for-profit entity. T o review US Department of Labor "Fair Labor Standards Act Fact Sheet" regarding unpaid internships at for-profit entities, please click here.
3. Await applications from prospective interns/co-ops via email.
East Tennessee State University desires to maintain an environment which is safe and supportive for our students and to reward performance solely on the basis of relevant criteria. ETSU expects our prospective employers to comply with all existing laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and prevention of all forms of sexual harassment.
East Tennessee State University is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages our prospective employers to support applications from women, minorities, veterans, older workers, individuals with disabilities, and applicants from various national origins and ethnic backgrounds.
Benefits for Employers
Manage seasonal labor demands and project- oriented work.
Examine and "test out" students for potential full- time hire upon graduation.
Connect employers to their communities and institutions of higher learning.
Our Intern/Co-op Employers say . . .
"Through strong relationships with ETSU's CBAT career services department, General Shale has had an opportunity to recruit and hire outstanding interns. Without exception, we have found these students to be well educated in their chosen fields and prepared for the challenges facing them in real world situations." Scott Ledford, Director of Human Resources, General Shale, Inc.
"DENSO has been excited to partner with ETSU's College of Business and Technology over the past few years. ETSU co-ops have been competent and motivated individuals. They have displayed adaptability, eagerness, and a desire to make an impact on our daily operations. We have been able to recruit most of co-ops as full-time associates." Brian Crawford, Staffing Advanced Specialist, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee
"Eastman has partnered with ETSU for over 7 years to bring in some of the brightest students into our intern program. During this time frame Eastman has found the ETSU students to be very capable, highly competent, and motivated individuals ready and equipped to succeed in a very challenging corporate environment. The majority of the interns that have gone through our program have become full-time employees and are now amongst our top performers." Anthony Sylvester, Director of Corporate Financial Services, Eastman Chemical Corporation
"Our interns who are students from ETSU's College of Business and Technology are very well prepared for the work world." Amira Byrd, Director of Recruitment and Selection, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
"BCS has been very pleased with the quality of the accounting interns provided by ETSU's College of Business and Technology. The interns' high level of educational preparation is confirmed by their ability to work within our office environment. Many have continued as full-time employees with our firm." Chad Kisner, Partner, Blackburn, Childers, & Steagall, PLC