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Each semester, students enrolled in MGT 4401 Experiential Business Learning may participate in an internship to satisfy the course requirement. It is best if the student has an internship lined up prior to enrollment in the course based on their area of professional interest (Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship). Students who need help locating an internship may seek guidance from Career Services.

Students may enroll in Experiential Learning as early as their Freshman year however, students must have at least 60 hours completed toward graduation (Junior standing) with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to participate in an Internship. Students may receive up to 12 hours of course credit for Experiential Learning; 3 hours are required for Business Majors. Ketner School of Business majors must enroll in MGT 4401 Experiential Business Learning to receive course credit for an Internship. It is important to note that Permission of the Instructor is required for this course and a Class Permission Form must be turned into the Registrar in order to officially enroll. In order to receive permission of the instructor the Ketner School of Business Internship Program Intent Form must be completed and turned into the course instructor during registration. Students from other areas of the college should consult their advisor regarding their discipline’s internship procedures.

College Internship guidelines require three contact hours per week for every one hour of course credit received in a semester; therefore a three hour internship requires 135 hours of work over the duration of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the Internship.

Students should follow these steps in preparing for and completing an Internship:

  • Consult with academic advisor to determine when to enroll in Experiential Learning and complete an Internship (remember, students can take up to 12 hours in Experiential Learning and the internship should be considered during the junior or senior year)
  • Enroll in the class during pre-registration for the following semester; begin working with the Career Services to apply for placements — this will involve the completion of the internship intent form, preparation of a resume and research into opportunities available. Additionally, students may want to schedule a mock interview.
  • First week of class: Attend class and receive schedule for completion of all forms and job placement. Students will attend class approximately once per week and will complete exercises in soft skills, mock interviews, and resume preparation.
  • Completing the class:  the student will need to complete a weekly online journal of work activity, log of hours, and will make a final presentation on their internship experience. Evaluation will come from the professor, the supervisor (employee evaluation of student), and graded journal and presentation.

Note: the Experiential Learning class is supported by a Blackboard course site.  

The Role of the Student

  • Ask for advice, guidance
  • Be open to share your ideas and open to accept your supervisor's feedback
  • Bring questions to your supervisor if you do not understand a task
  • Be proactive
  • Follow through on any action plans that are developed by you and your supervisor
  • Actively pursue your goals — be goal-oriented
  • Seek out your supervisor ... don't wait for him/her to contact you
  • Proactively maintain close contact and encourage open communication
  • Seek to develop career finding, networking, and resume building skills
  • Be open to developing your knowledge and understanding of business
  • Work to apply classroom education/knowledge to the practical business world
  • Be introspective — try to understand yourself, your goals, your motivations
  • Maintain privacy/confidentiality

Responsibilities of the Student
For an internship program to succeed, both students and supervisors alike must commit to establishing a partnership based on open communications and productive and proactive interaction. This requires the following:

  • Actively seek out the supervisor for advice.
  • You should keep in contact using face-to face meetings, e-mail, telephone, or texting.
  • Establish a schedule early on.
  • Fill out appropriate paperwork in a timely fashion and maintain communication with your faculty advisor.
  • You represent the Ketner School of Business and Catawba College and our expectations are that you will:
    • Dress appropriately;
    • Be punctual — always on time;
    • Be prepared — always for each meeting;
    • Be respectful — to all you encounter; and
    • Be gracious — let people know you appreciate their time and interest in you.

The Role of the Supervisor

  • Build confidence
  • Role model
  • Coach
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Help problem solve
  • Facilitate career planning and development skills (targeting, networking, resume building).
  • Help the student externalize classroom education
  • Encourage introspection
  • Facilitate goal-setting and being goal-oriented
  • Maintain privacy/confidentiality

Responsibilities of the Supervisor

  • Be available, as schedules permit, to work with the student.
  • You should keep in contact using face-to face meetings, e-mail, telephone, or texting.
  • Establish a schedule early on.
  • Actively listen to the student and provide guidance.
  • Fill out appropriate paperwork (Employer Evaluation of Intern) and contact the student’s faculty advisor with any questions.

View the forms for our experiential learning program.