The Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems provides academic credit for one term of supervised work experience as an intern. Students must enroll in the applicable course number to receive credit for the experience, and must meet course prerequisites and gain faculty approval to participate. A variety of travel-study and study-abroad opportunities are also available to students through the UT Martin Center for International Education. Students are encouraged to participate in these programs to broaden their understanding of the global nature of business. Those enrolling in travel opportunities may be eligible for departmental or university stipends to pay part of the expenses.
Internships are typically arranged by the student and approved by the associated department faculty member. Previous interns have spent time in public and private industries both on and off campus. Examples of internship hosts are listed below. Please contact your departmental faculty adviser for more information.
Students seeking an internship in management must have the following skillsets
- Familiarity with basic management/business concepts in the following areas
- Human Resources
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior
- Familiarity with basic computer applications (MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
- Have an understanding of basic economic principles
- The ability to interpret accounting reports
Students seeking an internship in business communication information systems must have the following skillsets
- Writing skills (letters, memos, emails, guidelines, resumes, speech outlines, newsletters, agendas and research-based APA reports)
- Speaking skills, including conducting meetings, giving informal and formal presentations (both with and without presentation aides and utilizing extemporaneous and impromptu methods)
- Technology skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, social media skills and internet research
Students seeking an internship in management information systems must have the following skillsets
Basic Skill Set
- An understanding of basic hardware and software concepts
- An understanding of basic operating system concepts
- An understanding of the overall concept and purpose of information systems within organizations
- Mastery of common office software including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software
- Basic understanding of programming concepts (after completing the CS programming sequence)
Advanced Skill Set
The following skill sets are dependent on courses taken: most students take these courses during their junior and senior years.
- Exposure to the Linux operating system
- Basic understanding of networking
- Basic understanding of web development
- Basic understanding of database
- Basic understanding of systems analysis and design
- Basic understanding of information systems security
Examples of MMIS-related internships
Final Flight Outfitters (Union City, TN)
Interns were taught skills in areas of advertising, brand promotion, personal sales, social media, customer service, inventory management and overall retail skills.
Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)
Interns were expected to complete four specific projects: deployment of an external college website implemented in a new CMS platform; implementation of a new Library Information Systems, WMS by OCLC; digital asset management-collection of small projects in the area of DAM and Digital Scholarship; and installation of a new computer lab designed around virtual desktops (VMWare View).
Sodexo-UT Martin Dining Services (Martin, TN)
The intern’s primary role was to support strategy, implement tactics and track the achievement of three key pillars: increasing profitable sales growth year-over-year, increasing customer satisfaction and ensuring client retention.
Saudi Transport & Investment Company (Saudi Arabia)
Interns were responsible for recruitment: studying organization plan and objectives and meeting with managers to discuss needs and to establish recruiting requirements; manpower planning: overseeing development of human expertise in the organization to improve productivity and efficiency; and government relations: coordinating and interacting with government agencies and preparing correspondence.
Discovery Park of America (Union City, TN)
Interns were expected to assist the marketing director and the assistant of marketing with tasks including advertising upcoming events, taking photos for social media, communicating with customers and booking groups.
Annual short-term experiences through the sport-business program
Golf Week Amateur Tour National Championships (Hilton Head, SC)
Contact Dr. Dexter Davis, assistant professor of sport business, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students manage the registration process, assist with the tour’s Stand Up to Cancer fundraising activities, manage the pre-event skins game and the in-event skins game, manage the round-by-round scoring processes for each flight, and manage the course for each round.
Students work directly with NFL personnel from the NFL’s On Location Experiences offices to manage player appearances for the events leading up to the Super Bowl, assist with post-game activities and assist participants in “on field” post-game festivities. This experience requires completion of a competitive application process, and participants are chosen by the faculty.
MLB Spring Training, Roger Dean Stadium (Jupiter, FL)
Students work with stadium and team personnel (Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) to ensure successful execution of spring training games, with duties ranging from assisting with stadium operations (parking, security and ticketing) to assisting with on-field in-game promotions.
Examples of previous sport business internship hosts
RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, Hilton Head SC
Manage the pro-am event prior to PGA event, assist with corporate sponsorship activation and fulfillment, and pre-event ticket sales.
Jackson Generals (AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners)
Game day promotions, group sales and event fulfillment, special event development, ticket sales and community relations activities (church, school, community organization outreach programs)
Nashville Sounds (AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics)
Game day promotions, sponsorship sales, activation and fulfillment
Game day promotions, ticket sales, team operations (football and equestrian), and budget development.
A Game Athletics, Brentwood, TN
Event marketing and management (largest youth volleyball and girls basketball events in the Midsouth)
Event security, game day promotions, and community relations and communications.