Internships within the UMFK Business Management program provide business students with the opportunity to apply business management theories and practices within their career interest area. The student is exposed to specific knowledge regarding the firm sponsoring the internship. Students are required to find, gain admission, and complete specific periods of participation in a firm consistent with the intern’s career goals. Students will typically intern in the Fall of their Junior Year at UMFK. Students may intern fall, spring, or summer with program permission. The internship is an opportunity to develop learning goals, work with potential employers in your field of interest, and gain experience from professionals.
All business management majors and students in select concentration tracks in other programs are required to take BUS 397 (6 to 8 credits depending on program year) to fulfill program requirements. Each credit equals a minimum of 45 hours of internship work plus related academic activities. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss career plans and their internship. Students should contact the Internship Coordinator the semester prior to enrolling in the internship course to understand expectations and complete required program paperwork. The deadline for Fall enrollment annually is May 5.
Students matriculating into business-related programs will have the option to complete the Internship or the Business Career Research Seminar. Students should confer with their advisors to make the appropriate choice for their academic and career plans.
Students should first meet with their faculty advisor about scheduling the internship in their academic program of study. Then the student should reach out to the Internship Coordinator in advance of program deadlines to discuss the process and enroll as well as review the Business Internship Student Guide.
The UMFK Business Internship is a great way to mentor students in their learning, connect with UMFK students, faculty, and staff, and identify a potential pipeline of prospective employees for their firm. Students have interned in several areas, including accounting, finance, general management, forestry, operations, banking, athletics, and more. The UMFK internship program allows on-site, hybrid, and remote internships. Interested employers should contact the program for more information or to share an opportunity.
The National Society for Experiential Education defines an internship as "a carefully monitored work or volunteer experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what they are learning throughout the experience."
NACE defines it as: "An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."
Students will have learning goals they want to and need to meet with the help of their internship supervisor that will make the internship more meaningful while connecting the experience to the student's academic courses.
UMFK, to ensure that an experience — whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually — is educational and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, has adopted the NACE definition.
Internships must meet all the following criteria:
Students will meet with their faculty advisor to confirm they are eligible for an internship. Then students meet with the internship coordinator to understand requirements and receive the required paperwork. Students then will contact prospective organizations. Once an agreement is reached with the organization, a proposal including an internship description, learning goals and outcomes, and proposal form, along with signatures, are completed. The program will review the submission with the student and either identify any questions or work with the student to enroll in the internship course. For more information, please review the UMFK Business Management Program Internship Guide for Prospective Employers or contact the UMFK Internship Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are enrolled in the internship course during the semester. Students will attend a weekly seminar and have regular assignments during the internship period they are required to complete in addition to working with their organization. The internship coordinator conducts the evaluations with the supervisors and is available to answer any questions or concerns.