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Career Services

College of Business and Technology

Internship/Co-op Program Overview

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, engineering technology, surveying, digital media, interior architecture, and computing. Students may work more hours during internships or co-ops if negotiated with the employer. (International students have strict visa requirements governing how many hours per week they can work. Most cannot exceed 20 hours per week; all international students should seek guidance from the International Students Office on campus regarding co-op and internship work assignments.)

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 and expectations for employers are outlined on CBAT Best Practices for Internships/Co-op Employers.


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

  • Boundary and Construction Surveying using robotic total station and GPS system.

  • Created manual for Electrical Engineering Training process

  • Design Project including super conducting RF Module layout

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

Getting Started:

CBAT Internship/Co-op Program System--Employer Login 


Employers interested in participating in the College of Business and Technology (CBAT) Internship/Co-op Program should:

  1. Contact Melinda LaPrade via or at 423-439-5656.

  2. Complete Employer Account Activation on CBAT CONNECT.

    ·Click on New Employer button under “New User.”

  3. Create your account. Then, upon direction to My Schools page, you can:

    - Complete your company profile;
    - Add jobs, internships, create interview dates, search student resumes;
    - See your pending school connection request(s), and more.
    PLEASE NOTE: If your company already has an account on Purple Briefcase, contact for the CBAT school code.

    Effective fall 2014,we only list paid opportunities for our students, unless the employer is a not-for-profit entity.  To review US Department of Labor "Fair Labor Standards Act Fact Sheet" regarding unpaid internships at for-profit entities, please click here.

  4. Await applications from prospective interns/co-ops via email.

  5. Interview candidates; select an intern/co-op, notifying the CBAT Career Services office of your selection by emailing

  6. Once a candidate is selected, you and the student intern/co-op will work together to complete the Learning Agreement form; click on Learning Agreements on the left navigation of the system.

  7. Once the learning agreement has been e-signed by all parties, the student will be issued a permit to register on Goldlink.

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


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