The Business & Enterprise Management internship is designed to provide students the opportunity for a meaningful career-related experience in a variety of organizational settings.
The undergraduate school’s Business and Enterprise Management Internship program is designed to give students unique learning opportunities to gain valuable experience, apply their skills, and make business contacts. Students are expected to seize these opportunities and maximize the internship’s learning potential.
As envoys of Wake Forest, students must realize that their performance reflects on the University and the School of Business, and may affect availability of future internship opportunities. Your work ethic and professionalism will impact future Wake students for years to come. In accordance, students must act professionally, which includes being punctual, performing work effectively and efficiently, and demonstrating interest in the sponsoring company’s work. At the conclusion of your internship, we want your supervisor to say, “Send me another intern just like her/him. She/he was GREAT!”
The intern will assume both an employee and a student role simultaneously. As an employee, the intern must perform assigned duties satisfactorily. All company regulations, health and safety conditions, and legal requirements apply, and any company policy violations should be handled in the usual way. Also classified as a Wake Forest student, the intern is subject to all applicable university regulations.
- Students must be accepted BEM majors
- Students must complete 15 hours of undergraduate School of Business credit including BEM 211 and 287
Requirements for Internship Approval (BEFORE beginning work)
- Students seeking credit for BEM 389 must submit all required paperwork
- Gain approval for their internship
- Attend an Internship Orientation
Internship Requirements (during employment)
The student will:
- Work a minimum of 200 hours over a minimum of five weeks.
- Prepare job responsibilities and outcomes for the internship, which should be developed cooperatively with input from the Director of Internship Development and the Supervisor.
- Compile reports on a weekly basis (bi-weekly during a Fall or Spring semester) with a status report/journal.
- Compile a final report/narrative reflection.
- Prepare a professionally oriented Internship Portfolio that showcases their work.
- Maintain contact with the faculty member as appropriate, throughout the internship.
Note: No internship credit will be granted for work already in progress or completed.
The supervisor will:
- Approve job responsibilities and intended learning outcomes, which the intern has developed cooperatively with the faculty member, and the supervisor.
- Provide ongoing, informal feedback to the student about his/her work performance.
- Complete an initial and final evaluation of the student’s internship using a form provided by the School of Business. The evaluation should include a face-to-face meeting between the supervisor and the intern, and a copy of the evaluation form must be sent to the supervising faculty member.
To promote a mutually beneficial relationship, the student, the faculty member and the supervisor should maintain contact throughout the semester. If questions or concerns arise, the supervisor is urged to communicate with the Director of Internship Development. Such contact is welcomed and appreciated.
Once you have confirmed details for your proposed internship, fill in the form at the link below and hit Submit.
CLICK HERE to Submit Internship for Approval
- Are these internships paid?
The answer varies greatly by organization. Some internships are paid hourly while other organizations choose to provide a stipend for the full internship (amounts vary). Some organizations may provide housing and expenses, but the internship is unpaid. Some internships are completely unpaid. Approximately 25% of our students have indicated that they are only eligible for paid internships.
- What are the appropriate dates of the internship?
The dates vary significantly but generally fall in the late May to late August range.
- How will student housing and expenses be paid?
These arrangements are generally the responsibility of the student.
Employer Tips for Effective/Meaningful Internships
- Gone are the days of using interns as simple”go-fers.” Students have many talents and traits that benefit employers: enthusiasm, dedication to learning, and an eagerness to work and do a good job. A good internship program will ensure the assignment of challenging projects and tasks. Don’t underestimate their abilities.
- Effective assignments are coupled with adequate supervision so as to provide an information resource and to ensure interns are keeping pace. Use care in identifying a seasoned staff member who “buys in” to the importance of utilizing interns.
- Develop a detailed job description for the student intern. Involve the manager who will be responsible for supervising the student in the development process and discuss requirements with student intern.
- Ensure that infrastructure is in place to support the intern(s). Sufficient workspace (desk, computer workstation, access to phone and fax, company email if necessary, etc.)
- Discuss “learning objectives” with your interns and supervisors.
- Plan ongoing weekly meetings to stay up-to-date with the intern’s progress.
- Provide an orientation to your organization. Introduce the student to the organization, the employees, the physical layout, and the order of responsibility.
- If possible, have supervisors encourage students to participate in your organization’s training programs as well as cross-department assignments.
- Involve supervisors and students in a formal evaluation process. An evaluation form will be provided for you at the midpoint and the end of the internship. Take some time to review the evaluation with the student intern.
- Give the intern the opportunities to apply education and skills. Assign projects that include such elements as planning, designing, evaluating and researching.