Course Syllabus

Academic Internship Course (BUS M 199R & 496R)

Congratulations on registering for a credit-bearing internship. Please read the following instructions carefully so you can receive the academic credit you have registered for.

Business Management 199R and 496R (PDF)

Course Requirements

  1. For one credit hour:
    • Complete at least 50 hours of work
    • Complete the Syllabus Quiz on Learning Suite
    • Submit interview question responses each week during the internship
    • Submit Intern Evaluation and Report Your Internship by the end of the internship
  2. For two credit hours:
    • Complete at least 100 hours of work
    • Complete the Syllabus Quiz on Learning Suite
    • Submit interview question responses each week during the internship
    • Schedule and complete your final presentation and mock interview
    • Submit Intern Evaluation and Report Your Internship by the end of the internship
  3. For three credit hours:
    • Complete at least 150 hours of work
    • Complete the Syllabus Quiz on Learning Suite
    • Submit interview question responses each week during the internship
    • Submit either Company Report (option 1) or Executive Interview Report (option 2) by the last day of classes
    • Schedule and complete your final presentation and mock interview
    • Submit Intern Evaluation and Report Your Internship by the end of the internship

All work must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Any work submitted the day after it is due will receive half credit. If an employer gives an unsatisfactory evaluation at the conclusion of the internship, the student’s grade will be evaluated and the student will be required to meet with the head of the internship department.

Please note: All grades are based on class work and not the work done for the internship. Please do not put off assignments because it will negatively impact your grade.

Syllabus Quiz

This quiz is meant to ensure students understand the requirements of this course. This quiz is due during the first week of your internship. This quiz is worth seventy points. You may refer to the syllabus during the quiz.

Weekly Assignments (1, 2, and 3 credit classes)

Students must complete interview assignments by the end of each week. Weekly assignments are due the following Monday at 11:55 p.m. MT. Assignments turned in on Monday should cover the previous week’s activity. Weekly interview assignments are to be completed on Learning Suite.

These assignments are to help students remember experiences that would be helpful in an interview setting. Each response should be at least one paragraph per question. Answer these questions like you would in an interview. Late assignments will lose half of the possible points.

Spring and summer: complete two questions per week.

Fall and winter: complete one question per week.

If your internship doesn’t start during the first week of class or if there is a break in your internship, please let your TA know through e-mail.

  • IMPORTANT: If a weekly assignment is missed, you must email the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement (msm_internship@byu.edu) immediately.

Report your hours

Students must report the number of hours worked every week with their weekly interview question assignment through Learning Suite.

Company Report: Mid-Point Paper Option 1 (3 credit)

The purpose of this paper is to help you gain a greater knowledge of your internship provider and to better prepare you for a more meaningful internship experience. It should also help solidify whether or not you would want to work for your internship provider after graduation.

Although you will be doing research on your company, this report must be your own work. Reports should be five to six pages double-spaced; graphs and photos may be included, but they will be deducted from the total page count. For each section of the paper, you are encouraged to use headings—preferably the appropriate headings we provide in the rubric below. Please submit your paper to the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement (msm_internship@byu.edu) before midnight on the last day of class.

Every student has different start and end dates; we only require that the mid-point paper be submitted by the last day of class. However, you may submit the paper sooner. We highly recommend that you finish this assignment and submit it halfway through the semester or term. This flexible deadline will accommodate our busy interns’ unpredictable schedules. Don’t use it as an excuse to procrastinate. This assignment is due on the last day of class for the term or semester enrolled.

*If you complete option 1, you may ignore option 2.

Company Report Grading Rubric
History/Background 10
Products/Services: Pricing
Products/Services: Promotion
10
10
Target Market 10
Financial Strength 10
Human Resources: Benefits
Human Resources: Career Opportunities
7.5
7.5
Company Organization 10
Future Plans 10
Conclusion 10
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling 5
TOTAL POINT VALUE 100

Executive Interview Report: Mid-Point Paper Option 2 (3 credit)

This assignment should be a detailed review of one or more visits with a company executive. Students should prepare an outline of questions to discuss in the interview. Questions should pertain to the executive’s career path, business philosophy, advice for achieving success, critical decisions or actions that made a difference in the company, advice for balancing family life and business, leadership styles, and future plans for the company. Discuss their successes, failures, and insights from these experiences.

This paper is to be written in your own words, not a list of questions and answers. At least half of the report should be your own reflections and thoughts about what you learned from the executive interview and how it may be helpful in your professional career. Reports should be three to four pages double-spaced. For each section of the paper you are encouraged to use headings. Please submit paper using the Turnit-In system found under the “Reports” tab in Learning Suite. Naming conventions are irrelevant. Please submit your paper to the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement (msm_internship@byu.edu) before midnight on the last day of class.

This paper is due by the last day of class for the semester or term in which you are enrolled. You are strongly encouraged not to procrastinate this assignment. It is not the responsibility of the TA to remind you to complete this assignment. 

*If you complete option 2, you may ignore option 1.

Executive Interview Report Grading Rubric
Growth and Knowledge Gained 25
Skills Learned 25
Classroom Knowledge to Workplace Application 25
Readability 15
Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling 10
TOTAL POINT VALUE 100

Final Presentation and Interview (2 and 3 credit)

This presentation and interview are the equivalent of your final exam for this class.

This PowerPoint presentation should focus on one of your projects, or a compilation of projects, you were assigned during your internship. Include comments about knowledge and skills you gained from the internship, and your application of on-the-job and classroom learning.

The PowerPoint presentation should be ten minutes in length. Practice your presentation in advance to make sure that you can cover all the required material in a timely manner. Please contact the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement (msm_internship@byu.edu) to schedule a presentation time.

After the presentation you will have a short interview with an internship advisor with questions from your weekly assignment question bank. This is a chance to practice applying your recent experiences in an interview setting. Students who are working out of state will email their presentation and schedule a phone interview.

Project Report Grading Rubric
Growth and Knowledge Gained 20
Skills Learned 20
Classroom Knowledge to Workplace Application 20
Interview 40
TOTAL POINT VALUE 100

Intern Evaluation

At the end of your internship, assume responsibility for having your supervisor complete the Intern Evaluation Form.

Plagiarism

Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable. Any papers found to be plagiarized will result in a failing grade for the course. Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one’s own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, or footnote. Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but not deliberate, use of another’s words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Inadvertent plagiarism usually results from an ignorant failure to follow established rules for documenting sources or from simply being insufficiently careful in research and writing. Although not a violation of the Honor Code, inadvertent plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct for which an instructor can impose appropriate academic sanctions. Students who are in doubt as to whether they are providing proper attribution have the responsibility to consult with their instructor and obtain guidance.

TA

Email: msm_internship@byu.edu
Office: 460 TNRB
Phone: (801) 422-4573
Fax: (801) 422-0492

Grading

Grades will be determined by total percentage of points earned, according to the grading scale listed below:

BUS M 199R   BUS M 496R  
95 – 100  Pass (P) 95 – 100 A
90 – 94.9   90 – 94.9 A-
85 – 89.9   85 – 89.9 B+
80 – 84.9   80 – 84.9 B
75 – 79.9   75 – 79.9 B-
70 – 74.9   70 – 74.9 C+
65 – 69.9  Fail (E) 65 – 69.9 C
60 – 64.9   60 – 64.9 C-
55 – 59.9   55 – 59.9 D+
50 – 54.9   50 – 54.9 D
45 – 49.9   45 – 49.9 D-
0 – 44.9   0 – 44.9 E