Internships

Management students are encouraged to complete one or more internships before graduating. Students can earn academic credit, which will count as a Management elective, by completing MGT 494: Management Internship or MGT 495: Human Resources Management Internship.

Internship for credit courses in the management program provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply their management coursework in a real business setting.  The objective of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to develop and apply management skills in an organizational setting. The internship experience offers students the opportunity to synthesize classroom theory and real-life experience. 

Requirements of an internship for credit course include:

  • a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher prior to the start of the internship.
  • junior standing or permission of the internship coordinator
  • completion and submission of the Management Internship application materials to the Management Internship Coordinator
  • approval of the application prior to the start of the internship.
  • registration for course credit for the semester in which the internship hours are completed.
  • a minimum of 200 hours of work experience during the internship experience.
  • a performance evaluation by the intern’s immediate supervisor done prior to the end of the internship, and submitted to the Management Internship Coordinator
  • a detailed activity log and weekly journal compiled by the student during the internship
  • a final written paper based on the internship experience, and
  • participation in an exit interview with the Management Faculty Internship Coordinator.

Please contact the Management Internship Coordinator, if you have questions:

Mr. Dan Zisk
ziskds@jmu.edu
540-568-3077

Course Activities and Events
  • Compete in a case competition co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting in the Management of Innovation and Technology course
  • Work in teams to complete client based consulting projects in the Business Analysis and Consulting course
  • Learn to use project management software in the Project Management course
  • Form teams and develop viable business ventures that compete for start-up capital in the New Venture Creation course
  • Use business analytics to identify problems and support solutions for business clients in the Evidence Based Decision Making course
Extracurricular Learning Opportunities
  • Interact with executives, employer representatives, and alumni at department sponsored networking activities 
  • Attend guest speaker events and panel discussions
  • Participate in case competitions sponsored by companies such as Deloitte and Target, or by professional organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Get involved in community service through membership in one of the Management related student organizations
  • Take COB 300 in Antwerp, Belgium, or attend one of many other study abroad programs offered by the Office of International Programs
Competitions

Students have an opportunity to participate in numerous competitions throughout the academic year.  A couple examples are as follows:

SHRM Regional Case Competition and Career Summit

Management students collaborate with peers at nearby Bridgewater College (BC) for the Human Resources Case Competition held at JMU. Unlike many competitions where schools compete against one another, this competition encourages students across campuses to meet prior to the competition to share ideas and develop innovative strategies to solve a given business problem. Teams then present these plans to a panel of industry professionals serving as judges.

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Community Bank Case Competition

JMU management and finance majors participate with student teams from across the country in the Community Bank Case Competition sponsored by the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. Students prepare a 25-page interdisciplinary case study that evaluates bank leadership succession planning and produce a 10-minute video about the financial performance and HR management strategies of a local community bank. Teams compete for a chance to get their work published in an academic journal, an opportunity to attend the fifth annual CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research Conference, and an academic scholarship.

Other competitions recently included Target Case Competition and FBLA.

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