An internship (or a practicum, if you are a health care administration major) gives you hands-on experience in your chosen profession. You will learn more about your major, make important connections, and gain self-confidence. And an added bonus--you may come away with a job offer as many companies use internships to pre-screen prospective employees.
Internships come in many different formats. Your experience may be paid (with salary and benefits determined by your employer) or unpaid (if working for a non profit). You may work part-time while taking classes or full-time during the summer or academic year. You may receive university credits for your internship or elect to have it recorded on your university transcript as a non-credit learning experience. Internships taken for credit can be used to satisfy course requirements in your major.
Health care administration majors are the only students required to complete an internship/practicum in the Department of Management and Marketing. However, all other students in the department are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship during their college career.
Students who wish to complete an internship in the Department of Management and Marketing must:
- Have at least junior standing.
- Be a declared major in the department.
- Have completed the core course(s) of their declared major.
- Have an overall GPA of at least 2.6.
What our interns do
Check out some of the things our students did while on an internship or practicum.
- New business development: Conducted feasibility studies and developed business plans for prospective businesses
- Health care administration: Learned how a health care facility operated by rotating through the organization's various departments; Developed and implemented a significant project for the facility, such as established a programs to reduce staff turnover, developed emergency operations plans, and created a program to engage dementia patients.
- Human resource management: Conducted interviews and reference checks for prospective employees; Developed salary surveys; Helped maintain the benefits program and develop the salary structure; Developed HR policy manuals; Developed employee training programs.
- Operations/supply chain management: Assisted in the development of inventory control standards; Coordinated the timely delivery of finished products to the shipping lines; Documented changes in software, systems, or procedures; Adjusted staffing in response to fluctuating throughput requirements.
- Marketing/sales: Constructed, administered, and analyzed satisfaction and opinion surveys; Developed sales presentations and proposals; Created brochures and other marketing materials; Made sales calls to clients; Created web sites and developed social media campaigns; Planned and implemented special events.
Some organizations that hire our interns
3M; ALDI; Ashley Furniture; Bethany Home, Inc.; Cascades Tissue Group; Cottingham & Butler; Cray, Inc.; CUNA Mutual; CURT Mfg; Direct Supply; Dove Healthcare; Ecolab; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Fastenal; Ferguson; Golden Living; Gold'n Plump; Graybar; Green Bay Packers; Greenheck; Graco; Harley-Davidson; HILTI; Hormel; Huebsch Services; ImageTrend; Kraft Foods; Land O'Lakes; Lands' End; Laird Plastics; Leinenkugel Brewing Co.; Liberty Mutual; Lockheed Martin; ManorCare; Mason Companies; Menards; Nestle; Northwestern Mutual; Promega; Renaissance Learning; Reynolds & Reynolds; SBC Communications Corp.; Securian Financial Group; Sentry Insurance; SGI; Sherwin-Williams Co.; State Farm Insurance; Stepan; SUPERVALU; Swiss Colonies; Target; Thomson Reuters; TTM Technologies; Uline; Uniprise; United Health; Victaulic
Sound exciting? How to Enroll in a Management or Marketing Internship.
The internship form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Handshake does not have a “save” feature. You must complete the required questions on the form before submitting the experience. If you have any questions about submitting an internship experience on Handshake, please contact Alyssa Slaby, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Students in the health care administration view practicum information.
1. Go to https://uwec.joinhandshake.com/ and login with your UW-Eau Claire credentials.
2. Under “Career Center” at the top right of the screen, click “Experiences”.
3. Click “Request an Experience” on the top right of the secondary blue menu bar.
4. Under “Experience Type”, choose “College of Business-Management and Marketing Internship”.
5. Select the term in which you are completing the internship.
6. Fill out the information in the reporting form and complete the departmental questions (some may be duplicative).
7. When finished, click “Request Experience” at the bottom of the page.
8. Attach a copy of the internship description, offer letter, and internship company agreement form to the Handshake Experience. To do this, click on “Experiences” in Handshake, and “View Details” for your internship. Select “New Attachment” on the top left of the page and upload the documents.
9. Once complete, the experience will be routed to Career Services and the Management and Marketing Department. You will be notified from Handshake and given permission to register for the course if completing the internship for credit.
Documents to be attached to the eform can be found below.
- Job description
- Job offer letter
- MM_Internship_ Company_ Agreement_Form