Internship Information

The number one indicator of successful job placement at graduation is a relevant internship prior to graduation. Therefore, all business students are encouraged to participate in a relevant internship. Students may pursue an internship with or without academic credit.

Internships for Academic Credit

If a student decides to pursue an internship for academic credit is the responsibility of the student to contact the faculty advisor prior to the internship and ensure the internship meets all academic requirements. The student, faculty advisor and employer work cooperatively to identify realistic learning goals for the internship and sign an internship contract outlining those goals. The contract is created in the Internship Inventory (not on paper). The employer will be asked to allow one visit to the internship site by the faculty advisor and to complete a written evaluation at the end of the internship. 

Each department has a faculty adviser to supervise these internships. Currently, the following faculty members supervise academic internships: 

Accounting

Pennie Bagley
bagleypl@appstate.edu

Computer Information Systems

Scott Hunsinger
hunsingerds@appstate.edu

Economics

David Bruner
brunerdm@appstate.edu 

Finance and Banking

Bryan Bouboulis
bouboulisbs@appstate.edu 

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Dana Clark
clarkjd@appstate.edu

Carol Kline
klinecs@appstate.edu 

International Business

Marty Meznar
meznarmb@appstate.edu

Management

Heather Dixon-Fowler - Entrepreneurship oriented internships
dixonfowlerh@appstate.edu

Tim Huelsman – I/O HRM
huelsmantj@appstate.edu

Marketing

Bonnie Guy- Sales and Sales Management Internships
guybs@appstate.edu

David Shows- Marketing Internships
showsgd@appstate.edu 

Risk Management and Insurance

Karen Epermanis
epermanisk@appstate.edu

Supply Chain Management

Dinesh Dave
daveds@appstate.edu

Internships Not for Academic Credit

The center works with employers helping to structure meaningful internship experience which will not earn academic credit. We advise employers that an internship differs from part-time/full-time employment of volunteer work and can be identified in the following ways:

  • Intentional "learning agenda" is structured into the experience.
  • The intern is mentored by a professional who will serve as a resource for answering questions, explaining how the organization is managed, and exposing the intern to different facets of and individuals within the organization.
  • An effort is made to establish a reasonable balance between the intern's learning goals and the specific work an organization needs done.
  • May be part-time or full-time and usually occur during the summer months.
  • May be paid or non-paid.
  • Internships promote academic, career and/or personal development.