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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


Business Internship Opportunities

 

You will find current internship opportunities at InternHelpME.com, a program managed by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce that connects students with Maine employers.  It's free and simple to navigate.

Internship opportunities received directly by UMA can be accessed by going to the UMA Advising Center's BlackBoard site.

 

How do I Create an Internship Position?

Steps for Organizations Hosting an Internship

Here are some basic steps to get started:

  1. Decide what it is you want to accomplish with an internship program. Is it help with a project, finding employees with potential, managing growth, community service, or something else altogether?

  2. Write down your goals and draft a job description. Consider basics such as workspace, pay, the intern’s supervisor, required experience, duties, training you can offer him/her, and so forth. Learn the important legal implications of hosting internships. For example, see the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act as it applies to internships.

  3. Let us know you are looking for an intern. We are continually seeking opportunities for our students. Search well in advance of your target date – students are required to register for classes months in advance. In order to get the best candidate, you may want to interview several. You will complete a learning agreement with your choice.

  4. When your intern is on board, you will want to be sure that you mentor and supervise the student carefully. Remember that the primary goal is education, even though it is applied. You’ll want to provide resources that help the student be successful and an orientation, no matter how informal. The field supervisor should answer questions, guide, and evaluate the intern’s progress.


 

How Does an Internship Work?

Student FAQ

An internship is like a job but it also has an educational component. It is practical experience designed to expand your learning and build on your prior knowledge in your field learned in coursework. You will work closely with a field supervisor and communicate each week with a UMA business faculty member.

How Much Time Does it Take?

You will intern 120 hours on-site during the semester – roughly one day a week - and you will complete specific academic requirements, such as regular learning journal entries.

Where Will I Find an Internship?

Your placement must meet certain criteria and be approved. You may work in a local business, government, or nonprofit organization. Although UMA receives notice of some internship openings and keeps current opportunities on file for you, there are many available of which we are not aware. You will independently seek out and apply for your internship just as you would if you were applying for a job. We offer guidance in this process. In addition, UMA's Academic & Career Advising Center offers workshops on topics such as resume writing.

What If I Already Work Full-time and Don’t Want to Quit My Job?

It is possible to perform an internship with your current employer in a role that meets UMA criteria. It must involve doing something different than your normal duties and be agreed to with a learning contract. Alternatively, you might choose to do a virtual internship with an organization located at a distance. In either case, the learning outcomes and time requirement of 120 hours during the semester still must be met.

What About Pay?

While some interns are paid, others are not. While we encourage employers to provide a stipend for our students, some do not.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step toward doing an internship is to speak with your advisor today. The sooner you begin planning, the more likely you will land a great internship placement.

UMA offers BUA 495, Business Internship and BUA 294, Coop Education/Field Experience.

To be eligible to take BUA 495 and do an internship for credit, you must have earned 60 or more credits, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in BUA/ECO coursework. To be eligible to take BUA 294, you must have earned 30 or more credits, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in BUA/ECO coursework.


After you locate a suitable internship position that is approved, you will be able to register for the course.  We will help you forge a learning agreement between you and your supervisor that meets UMA criteria, your learning objectives, and the capability of the host organization.


 

 

What will Hosting an Internship Do for my Business, Nonprofit, or Governmental Organization?

There are many benefits to hosting an internship for a UMA business student! They include:

  •  A chance to bring on board a highly motivated business student eager to learn and apply some of the concepts they’ve learned in school to your project or processes. Many of our students have work experience and juggle school, work, and family. They have a strong desire to get ahead and succeed.

  • An ideal, cost-effective way to evaluate the potential of a student who may be your future employee.

  • New ideas from a fresh perspective!

  • Help with a key project or problem or temporary/seasonal need.

  • Free up your full-time staff for a special project or priority that requires their skills.

  • Help your staff learn mentoring and supervisory skills by overseeing an intern.

  • Increase awareness of your organization.

  • A way to give back to your community by contributing to the educational preparation of a deserving student. You have a chance to impart your work ethic and professional values in a very personal way.








 

What Will an Internship Do for Me?

There are many benefits to completing an internship! They include:

  • A chance to apply some of the concepts that you’ve been learning in classes to a real workplace and earn some college credit at the same time.

  • You can do and observe how things work in an applied situation and you can observe how you think and feel in a new role (so you can try out a career field in advance).

  • An internship dramatically increases the chances that you will get hired – either by your internship host or another organization. Some say your chances of getting hired are doubled when you can show internship experience on your resume. Employers frequently look for internship experience in their field when they hire new employees!

  • You have an opportunity to develop new skills. More skills and advanced skills in your field almost always make you more attractive as a candidate for employment. Your new skills may be technical, such as building a more complicated spreadsheet if you’re an accounting student, or your new skills may be human, such as learning how best to get along on a team in a professional setting.

  • The process of preparing a resume, searching for an internship, and interviewing are important practice for a job search for a permanent position.

  • You’ll have a chance to make new friends and to build a professional network. Your network can offer you job leads and mentors who will help you learn the ropes of a new career. Letters of recommendation often are important in landing the job of your dreams.

  • A successful internship is a confidence builder. It helps you know that you can do it!

 

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