Students

Internship/Co-op Program Overview

For a complete overview of our program, please watch "CBAT Internship/Co-op Orientation" (allow 25 minutes for viewing.) 

Students majoring in business work for a minimum of 130 contact hours for 3 hours of academic credit. Credit hours (and contact hour requirements) may vary from 1-3 credits for students majoring in computer science, engineering technology, surveying, digital media, or interior design.  Students may work more hours during paid internships/co-ops if negotiated with the employer.

The employer appoints a "site supervisor" to create a position description, develop projects, and oversee the student's work while interning 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 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.

Sample Projects

  • Coordinate event management for not-for-profit fund-raiser

  • Update employee handbook, creating policies and procedures manual

  • Prepare individual tax returns

  • Perform internal and external audits utilizing SAP software

  • Prepare template methodology for socially responsible investment research

  • Create metrics for cashiers and put into data sets for analysis

  • Conduct boundary and construction surveying using robotic total station and GPS system

  • Create manual for electrical engineering training process

  • Manage design project including super conducting RF Module layout

  • Assist IT audit department with audit planning, fieldwork, documentation, and reporting

Getting Started

Online STUDENT APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING for Melinda LaPrade:  Click Here 

  1. Schedule appointment with Melinda LaPrade, completing Internship/Co-op Application form--REQUIRED-- and reviewing resume.  Forms are also available from Lisa Pierce (210 Sam Wilson Hall) or online.
  2. NOTE:  It is the student's responsibility to discuss with the appropriate academic advisor  how and when  the co-op/internship will fit into the student's program of study.
  3. Submit completed form to Lisa for processing/approval. 
  4. Upon notification of acceptance via email into the CBAT Internship/Co-op Program, you will be added to the D2L site with opportunity listings.
  5. Revise resume, emailing revision to Melinda for approval.
  6.  Follow application instructions on D2L; apply to company leads or to personal leads.
  7. Wait to hear the outcome of the application process; follow up with employers as necessary.
  8. Upon hire, the intern/co-op MUST CONTACT Melinda LaPrade to inform her of the offer.  NEVER , UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ACCEPT MULTIPLE OFFERS AT THE SAME TIME!!!  Check out some companies that have hosted interns in the past at right.

You're Hired!

  1. Once you have accepted an internship/co-op, complete the Objectives/Learning Agreement Form for reveiw/signature by the appropriate Department Chair or Faculty Supervisor for final approval.

  2. Register on GoldLink; departmental permit required.  All deliverables/course requirements can be found on the D2L site for the course of registration.

  3. View "Beginning Your Internship/Co-op" seminar (10% of grade) which covers various topics addressing professionalism in the workplace on D2L site and take assessment.

  4. Review all materials and submit signed Materials Receipt/Information Acknowledgement form to drop box on course of registration.
  5. Write a mid-term memo (10% of grade) to Department Chairs, providing feedback regarding the internship/co-op.  Submit to drop box on D2L course of registration. 

  6. Write a paper (5-7 pages for undergraduate students and 7-10 pages for graduate students--40% of grade) analyzing the internship/co-op experience: how he/she met internship/co-op objectives, how coursework impacted the student's experience, and how the internship/co-op has impacted career goals.  Submit to drop box for D2L course of registration. 

  7. Attend the "Exit Interview" (10% of grade) to discuss the entire internship/co-op experience with CBAT Career Services staff.  Submit completed Exit Interview form to drop box on D2L course of registration BEFORE SCHEDULING exit interview with College Director of Career Services.

  8. Submit Employer Evaluation form (30% of grade) to drop box on course of registration.


The CBAT Internship Program follows East Tennessee State University "Introduction and Statement of Policy (PPP-04)" regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Discrimination; please reference: PPO-04 LINK

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Why Intern?

  • Gain experience in the public and private sectors
  • Build credentials for your resume
  • Earn money while you learn on the job
  • Establish leads for permanent employment
  • Evaluate career options
  • Apply your classroom knowledge in the real world of work, earning up to 3 credit hours

Past Interns say . . .

"Completing an internship was absolutely the best decision I ever made in college."
"I attended meetings with key players in the organization and got a great sense of the big picture."
"I gained a greater understanding of managing people."
"I learned how public and private stakeholders interact."
"I felt empowered to manage my time and to accomplish goals."
"I learned how to be a leader in a retail environment."
"I gained an understanding of sales strategies and techniques; I expanded my skills beyond previous sales jobs."

 



Interns at work:
Johnson City Power Board and Eastman Chemical Company

JCPB Intern

Eastman Intern