The University of Tennessee at Martin is dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities where students can gain real-world work experience in their chosen areas of study. This would not be possible without the cooperation of outside companies and corporations willing to teach students the “tricks of the trade.”

If you are associated with a company that would like to receive student interns from UT Martin, please navigate through the links provided to find contact information, student capabilities and other guidelines for each academic area.

UT Martin is divided into five colleges which house the various academic majors and concentrations. Areas of study are divided as follows:

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources


Agricultural Business – Students have general knowledge and skills in agricultural economics, management, marketing, sales and policy.

Contact: Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, 731-881-7275,

Agricultural Engineering Technology – Students have general knowledge and skills in precision agriculture; agricultural construction, manufacturing and processing; and geospatial technologies.

Contact: Dr. Sandy Mehlhorn, 731-881-7253,

Agricultural Sciences (production, education, communications) – Students have a general knowledge of agricultural production, including education and communication.

Contact: Dr. Wes Totten, 731-881-7936,

Animal Science – Students have a general knowledge of animal husbandry, nutrition, reproduction, health (primarily livestock), breeding and genetics.

Contact: Dr. Craig Darroch, 731-881-7259,

Crop and Soil Management (agronomy) – Students have general knowledge and skills in row crop production and management.

Contact: Dr. Barbara Darroch, 731-881-7279,

Golf Course and Landscape Management – Students have general knowledge and skills in turf and golf course management and landscape design and management.

Contact: Dr. Wes Totten, 731-881-7936,

Veterinary Science – Students have general knowledge and skills in animal husbandry, nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and health (livestock, lab, and companion animals).

Contact: Dr. Jason Roberts, 731-881-7952,


Geography – Students have general knowledge and skills in cartography, demographics, and geospatial technologies and information systems.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Rogers, 731-881-7442,

Geology – Students have general knowledge and skills in geology, hydrology, petrology, sedimentology, paleontology and related geosciences.

Contact: Dr. Stan Dunagan, 731-881-7437,

Meteorology – Students have general knowledge and skills in atmospheric science, weather and climatology.

Contact: Dr. Chris Karmosky, 731-881-7438,

Natural Resources Management

Environmental Management; Soil and Water Conservation – Students have general knowledge and skills in soil and water management, reclamation and remediation.

Contact: Dr. Paula Gale, 731-881-7326,

Park Management – Students have general knowledge and skills in park administration and management, including interpretation and natural resources management skills.

Contact: Dr. Philip Smartt, 731-881-7954,

Wildlife Science – Students have general knowledge and skills in wildlife habitat management.

Contact: Dr. Eric Pelren, 731-881-7263,

Family and Consumer Sciences

Child and Family Studies – Students have basic knowledge and skills in child development, family relationships, parenting, developmental disabilities and life span development.

Contact: Dr. Keith Dooley, 731-881-7112,

Dietetics; Food and Nutrition – Students have basic knowledge and skills in nutrition, food science and food systems management.

Contact: Amy Richards, 731-881-7742,

Family and Consumer Sciences Education – Students have basic knowledge and skills in child and family studies, nutrition and foods, consumer resources management, textiles and clothing.

Contact: Dr. Lisa LeBleu, 731-881-7116,

Fashion Merchandising – Student have basic knowledge and skills in visual merchandising and fashion buying, design, trends, history and promotion.

Contact: Dr. Lisa LeBleu, 731-881-7116,

Gerontology – Students have basic knowledge and skills in adult development, family relationships, aging, death and dying, elder care and health, education and resources, societal issues and public policy.

Contact: Dr. Keith Dooley, 731-881-7112,

Hospitality and Food Services Management – Students have basic knowledge and skills in food service systems, quantity food management, food and beverage management, sanitation, management and marketing, event planning and culinary arts.

Contact: Lori Littleton, 731-881-7107,

Dietetics (graduate program)

Students have basic knowledge and skills in nutrition, food science and food systems management.

Contact: Amy Richards, 731-881-7742,

Military Science and Leadership

Students in this department participate in the UT Martin Reserved Officers Training Corps, known as Skyhawk Battalion, and complete all related internship and experiential learning opportunities through U.S. Army programs. For more information on Skyhawk Battalion or ROTC, contact Lt. Col. Lowell Howard at 731-881-7153 or by email at

College of Business and Global Affairs

Accounting, Finance, Economics and Political Science

Contact the department main office at 731-881-7226.


Students in the account major have the following skill sets:

  • Knowledge of the accounting information system and the accounting cycle
  • Preparation of journal entries for a wide variety of transactions
  • Preparation of adjusting and closing entries
  • Preparation of basic financial statements
  • Inventory-related calculations, e.g., FIFO, LIFO weighted average, dollar-value LIFO
  • Fixed asset related calculations related to acquisition, use and disposal
  • Depreciation calculations for a variety of methods
  • Basic payroll calculations and journal entries
  • Preparation of journal entries for both accounts receivable and accounts payable


Students in the economics major have the following skill sets:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Some level of analytical reasoning ability (particularly on economic topics)
  • Some level of data analysis/interpretation
  • Knowledge of economic terminology
  • An understanding of economic policy formulation


Students in the finance major have the following skill sets:

  • Basic knowledge of spreadsheets and database applications
  • Basic quantitative and analytical skills
  • Basic understanding of financial statements and financial statement analysis
  • Basic understanding of security valuation and portfolio management

Political Science/Public Administration

Students in the political science and public administration majors have the following skill sets:

  • Basic knowledge of American government and the policymaking process at all levels (e.g., completion of POSC 220)
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to interact with constituents in a cordial and professional manner; in person and via telephone and e-mail
  • Ability to review and summarize information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced office environment
Management, Marketing and Information Systems

Contact the department main office at 731-881-7238.

Management – Students are familiar with basic management/business concepts in human resources, operations, leadership and organizational behavior, and strategy. Students are also familiar with basic computer applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite, understand basic economic principles and can interpret accounting reports.

Marketing – Students are familiar with basic research methods and other processes for understanding customer needs; they are familiar with the processes involved in creating and delivering goods and services; and they understand basic promotional methods and strategic marketing processes (segmentation, targeting, positioning, and development of product, price, promotion and place strategies). Students have good written and verbal communication skills, can employ search engine and landing page optimization, and can use Google Analytics and other “big data” tools. Students are also familiar with social media marketing strategies, Google AdWords, email and mobile marketing tools, and the Microsoft Office Suite of applications.

College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral Sciences

Criminal Justice

Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and senior standing
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Abstract thinking and problem-assessment skills
  • Analyze data and organize material
  • Written and oral presentation sills
  • Service-oriented, patriotic, loyal, honest, have integrity
  • Understanding of philosophies and processes of criminal justice as an intellectual discipline
  • Familiar with the nature and extent of crime, criminal law and due process, and the interrelated nature of the police, courts and corrections
  • Familiar with basic methods of social research and data analytic techniques

Main campus contact: Dr. Donna Massey, 731-881-7511,

Extended campus contact: Dr. Cindy Boyles, 731-425-9296 or 407-579-3438,


Students in this discipline have the following skill sets:

  • General knowledge of mental health diagnoses
  • Eager for internship experiences (i.e. are highly motivated)
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of statistical methods, which could assist in assessing program outcomes
  • Good track record of "work" behavior in the classroom – good attendance, professional demeanor, etc.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Generally aware of treatments for mental health issues
  • Good problem-solvers
  • Comfortable with computer programs for statistical analysis
  • Able to work independently, but seek supervision as-needed
  • Working on and completing projects
  • Strong interpersonal relations
  • Accept supervision and feedback on work
  • Familiarity and acceptance of working with special populations

Contact: Denise Connell, 731-881-7540,

Social Work

Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Interviewing individuals for social histories and other applications
  • Observing and recording behaviors
  • Interpersonal and interactional skills related to the ability to relate meaningfully and comfortably with others
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Knowledge related to changing behavior and enhancing emotional and social growth
  • Consultation and teamwork
  • Knowledge of social work problem-solving and intervention
  • Advocating on behalf of client populations
  • Recognizing the importance of research and practice evaluation
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Implications of social welfare policies
  • Knowledge of theories of human behavior, human development and systems
  • Understanding of the human condition and how various systems impact behavior

Contact: Alicia Maya Donaldson, 731-881-7521,


Students in this area have the following skill sets:

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Understand global and cultural perspectives
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Think from a holistic social perspective
  • Familiar with statistical, qualitative and theoretical methods to become both civic and global learners
  • Can understand and interact with diverse populations
  • Can understand the macro causes and effects of social problems
  • Analyze information for message, meaning and impact
  • Well-rounded individuals

Contact: Dr. Lindsay Anderson, 731-881-7523,

Educational Studies

Students in the department of educational studies complete student teaching hours in a variety of grade levels and school types. They are also available for a variety of additional services, including:

  • Tutoring – individuals or small groups
  • Test preparation – ACT for high school students
  • Homework help – individuals or small groups
  • Mother’s Morning Out – early childhood or elementary education students
  • Childcare of special needs children – special education majors
  • Before or after-school program assistance

If you would like to receive help from an educational studies student, or would like to become a cooperating school or teacher in the student teacher program, contact Donna Neblett at 731-881-7686 or by email at

Health and Human Performance

Students enrolled in this department’s internship course must complete one semester of work experience with a cooperating agency. Applications must be approved and liability insurance purchased before students may register for the course. This internship is intended to provide students with the opportunity to put educational theories and classroom skills into practice.

Contact: Dr. Deborah Gibson, 731-881-7311,; Dr. Todd Sherman, 731-881-7314,

Objectives of the internship

  • To apply theory in a practical environment
  • To further develop professional knowledge, skills, and abilities defined by appropriate professional organizations
  • To establish groundwork and provide networking for professional development and growth in a career
  • To further help students recognize their own strengths and weaknesses both personally and professionally
  • To facilitate students as they assess personal ambitions in their chosen field
  • To prepare students for employment or graduate education

General course objectives – The student will…

  • Create a professional resume while exploring important characteristics for job attainment
  • Value individual differences inherent within the setting, emphasizing ethnic and multicultural diversity
  • Apply psychomotor skills acquired in formal education to the tasks at the internship site
  • Apply cognitive skills acquired in formal education to the tasks at the internship site
  • Examine all areas of the work environment to broaden his or her scope of understanding of the organization
  • Utilize this opportunity to explore the professional environment and function as if in full time employment
  • Evaluation professional readiness through the acquisition and application of skills in the real world setting
  • Maintain a weekly log of hours using the PerfectForm available in Blackboard.

Site supervisors will evaluate each intern on the following criteria:

  1. Internship Knowledge - Consideration of the overall current knowledge in techniques, equipment, skills, procedures and/or materials to perform the job.
  2. Quality of Work - Consideration given to freedom from errors and mistakes, neatness, general quality of work and accuracy.
  3. Quantity of Work - Consideration given to actual accomplishment of work in relation to the expected outcome and speed of performance.
  4. Initiative - Consideration given to degree of self-motivation, making of constructive suggestions and contributing ideas, completion of given assignments.
  5. Ability to Learn - Consideration given to the speed at which an intern masters new methods and tasks, grasps concepts and explanations, retention and knowledge.
  6. Judgment - Consideration to degree in which intern shows good common sense and thinks while making decisions or before acting. Intern considers implications and consequences.
  7. Interpersonal Relations - Consideration of courtesy to public and coworkers, tactfulness, how the intern presents self, skills in work-group and interpersonal situations, proper interactions with supervisors.
  8. Professional Ethics - Consideration of ability to recognize moral dilemmas, awareness to ethics, applies rational decision making, takes care in making ethical decisions.
  9. Communication - Consideration of the degree to which the intern effectively expresses her/himself orally and in writing and use of technology. Professional tone with communication.
  10. Work Habits - Consideration of the degree to which intern's work habits exhibit neatness, safe working procedures, proper care and efficient use of equipment and supplies, punctuality, conformation to work schedule.
  11. Policy Compliance - Consideration of the degree to which intern accepts and follows organization policies and procedures.
  12. Personal Appearance - Consideration of the intern's neatness, hygiene and appropriateness of dress on the job.

The site supervisor uses the following scale to rate the intern: 4 = exceeds expectations, 3 = meets expectations, 2 = meets some but not all expectations, 1 - needs improvement, 0 not observed/not applicable. There are a total of 48 possible points. The percentage score will be entered into Blackboard. If a case exists where an item is not applicable, or not observed, the total possible points will be adjusted.

Internships should include the following features:

  • The intern is expected to have an opportunity to practice all the responsibilities of the professional environment as allowed by the supervisor.
  • The intern may be given a stipend for the internship experience, but it is not expected. If the internship is to be completed in a location where the student is simultaneously employed, the internship must provide him/her with a full range of work experiences outside their current scope of practice (i.e. not what they are currently doing in their job).
  • The internship experience should include general responsibilities of the environment, management and administration of the facilities, learning the programming software necessary for the job and general requirements of employment.
  • Where permitted, interns should observe, study and assist in carrying out the facility’s practices and policies, help design and implement program activities, help with facility maintenance and operation and assist with specialized duties of the supervisor or his/her co-workers.
  • The university internship coordinator will keep in touch in person, by phone, or email with the internship supervisor at least twice during the internship. Depending on the proximity, the internship coordinator may make personal visits to the internship site.

Characteristics of a host organization

  • The organization is expected to provide a helpful array of work experience for each intern, which will play a role in his/her professional development and growth.
  • The organization must have sufficient resources to supply the intern with a suitable experience.
  • The organization must employ the person who serves as the internship supervisor. It is expected that the supervisor is competent in fulfilling the objectives outlined below and be an employee who is committed to helping student interns develop and grow into professionals.

Responsibilities of the organization supervisor

  • To provide the organization’s communication between the university and organization employees.
  • To create a job environment to facilitate the intern’s growth and development in their responsibilities and duties.
  • After gaining approval for an internship program, to communicate the goals of the specific internship experience to the appropriate body, which has committed to the internship program.
  • To introduce the intern to the organization’s staff and assist the intern to have appropriate interaction with the staff.
  • To aid the intern in understanding their work duties and responsibilities as it correlates with the organization and its clients.
  • To outline the responsibilities of the intern and assist their development and growth by:
    • setting appropriate goals and objectives with the intern
    • meeting regularly to discuss operational methods, problems and leadership techniques and additional issues that will facilitate the intern in meeting his/her internship goals
    • keeping the intern up to date on all regulations and rules
    • assisting the intern in the selection of an appropriate internship project that would be beneficial to the agency
  • The intern will be evaluated by the internship supervisor through the following:
    • planned and unplanned meetings with the intern
    • planned meetings with the university internship coordinator via electronic means or in person
    • provide oral review and feedback of the intern’s work during the internship
    • completion of the mid-term and final evaluation forms and discussion with the intern
    • seventy percent of the internship grade is from the final evaluation of the internship supervisor

Responsibilities of university supervisor

  • To be accountable for the university’s communication end of the internship
  • To continue to update database of possible internship sites and supervisors to provide currency and the best opportunities for our interns when consulted about internship placement
  • To provide support and advice to the student
  • To oversee arrangements for and endorse internship contracts
  • To maintain lines of communication with the internship supervisor
  • To be available for consultation if necessary and act as a resource for the student and organization internship supervisor
  • To assess internship reports and the performance of the student – the final grade is given by the internship coordinator using the final evaluation of the organization’s internship supervisor and additional assignments completed by the student.

Responsibilities of student intern

  1. To select the placement of the internship site, establish initial communication with the organization, outline the internship agreement and gain final approval from the faculty internship coordinator for the internship experience
  2. Obtain the required professional liability insurance
  3. Students must complete all assignments and requirements by the dates assigned.

For a list of different internship types and areas of specialization, visit


Students in the Department of Nursing complete clinical experiences at a variety of hospital and healthcare settings throughout West Tennessee. Students are also available to perform community services such as basic health screenings (V/S, blood glucose, physical exams) and overall health education on virtually any topic.

Contact: Dr. Mary Radford, 731-881-7140,

College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Biological Sciences

Students in the Department of Biological Sciences are familiar with standard research techniques, the scientific process and common laboratory procedures and equipment. They can serve as research assistants or laboratory analysts, and are encouraged to obtain internships to help further their research experience.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Greenwood at 731-881-7194 or by email at to obtain an intern or assistant.

Chemistry and Physics

Students in the Department of Chemistry and Physics are not required to complete internship experience in order to graduate. However, they are encouraged to take opportunities as they may arise. Students are familiar with laboratory techniques and analysis, and have experience operating chemical instrumentation and a fundamental knowledge of chemistry.

Contact Lana Ferrell at 731-881-7450 or by email at if you would like to recruit a student intern from this department.

Computer Science

Students in the Department of Computer Science are familiar with common computer systems and coding programs.

Contact Dr. Joshua Guerin at 731-881-7246 or by email at for more information.


The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Engineering cooperative education and internship programs are designed to provide the services of young men and women committed to pursuing careers in engineering to regional, national and international engineering firms. Productive, practical engineering work experience is a fundamental part of a student's education. This concept recognizes the value of the three-way partnership between the UT Martin Department of Engineering, the employer and the student. The engineering co-op and internship programs are administered by the office of the dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

All engineering students are required to complete an internship program, or may complete a co-op program in lieu of the internship program. Students have the following two options:

  1. Complete at least a one-semester internship, during which the student works full time under the direct supervision of an engineer for at least 10 consecutive weeks. The internship is normally scheduled after the student has reached junior classification, and is normally fulfilled during the summer between their junior and senior years.
  2. Complete three semesters in a co-op program. A co-op program normally begins at the end of the student's freshman year, provided the student’s grade point average is 2.5 or above. A co-op student normally works three consecutive summers for the same employer, each summer working full time under the direct supervision of an engineer for at least 10 weeks. An employer may prefer that the co-op student work three consecutive co-op periods for a total of one full year. The third co-op work period will substitute for the required internship program. Students who co-op for a full year will receive one year’s work experience toward the four-year work experience requirement for the Professional Engineers Examination.

Cooperative Education and Internship Employer Procedures

A firm seeking to participate in the co-op or internship programs should contact the UT Martin College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Contact information is:

Tammy Hall, CAP
College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (731) 881-7380
Fax: (731) 881-7375

Normally, students who plan to complete an internship begin seeking opportunities early in the spring semester. A firm may contact the office late in the fall semester to seek an intern for the following year, and can have the position description posted on a website maintained by UT Martin. The students seeking internships will have their resumes made available to interested firms, which can either contact the student directly or have the college notify selected applicants. If the firm would rather interview applicants on campus, the college office will coordinate these visits.

The goals of the co-op and internship programs are to provide creative, motivated engineering students to assist the employer during the work period, and to develop prospective engineering employees who understand the company and its organization, products and procedures. No employer is under any obligation to offer permanent employment to the co-op or internship student upon graduation, but many companies find co-op/internship positions to be valuable recruiting tools.

Co-op/internship positions must be supervised by an engineer. The supervising engineer is required to complete an evaluation form at the end of each summer or semester work period to assess the student’s progress and abilities. Students are required to submit bi-weekly reports to the dean’s office throughout the experience, as well as a final report at the end of the summer or semester work period.

Rate of pay depends on the responsibilities of the student. The pay rate for most positions ranges from $13-20 per hour. To receive degree credit for the course, students are required to register for the course, pay applicable fees and work full time under the supervision of an engineer for a minimum of 10 weeks. Since the student is working full time, he or she should not plan to take any courses at UT Martin during the experience.

Once a student has an offer of employment for a co-op or internship position, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences representative will:

  1. Confirm the employment offer with the employer and ensure the work assignment meets the requirements of the program, and
  2. Communicate with the supervisor to ensure that the student will be evaluated at the end of each work period. The student will not receive credit for the internship or co-op course until the final employer evaluation is received by the college office.

To view the guidelines for student internship employees, visit

Mathematics and Statistics

Students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are available for private or small-group tutoring and could serve as teaching assistants in mathematics-based courses. They are familiar with mathematics research techniques and could also fill positions as research assistants.

For more information, contact Thomas Eskew at 731-881-7360 or by email at for more information.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts


The Department of Communications offers concentrations in public relations, media design, broadcasting and news editorial. All students are required to complete internship hours, and contacts with outside agencies and businesses are welcomed.

Students in the public relations sequence can work in non-profit and for-profit organizations and at public relations firms and agencies of all sizes. These students have strong written and oral communications skills, are familiar with social media and basic marketing strategies, have been exposed to event planning and can draft basic media campaigns.

Students in the media design sequence can work in traditional or online news formats, with an ad agency or public relations firm, and in any capacity that requires visual media design skills. Skill sets include web design, photojournalism and familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite of programs.

Broadcasting students are familiar with basic radio and television editing techniques and equipment, have written and oral communications skills and have been trained in public speaking.

News-editorial students have strong written skills, are familiar with layout programs such as Adobe InDesign, have strong interpersonal skills and are trained to ask questions and “get the whole story.”

Contacts by area

Public Relations: Dr. Robert Nanney, 831-881-7546,

Media Design: Dr. Tracy Rutledge, 731-881-7554,

Broadcasting: Dr. Richard Robinson, 731-881-7555, or Rodney Freed, 731-881-7532,

News-editorial: Tomi Parrish, 731-881-7558,

English and Modern Foreign Languages

English majors are available for internships and to perform services in transcription, business writing (brochures, manuals, proposals, etc.), journalism, creative writing, tutoring and editing (manuscripts, business documents, journals, etc.). Students can also serve as teaching assistants in writing-intensive courses or as research assistants. Students are familiar with standard research practices, are able to review and summarize large amounts of information, and can assist with digital and hard copy archival work.

UT Martin offers foreign language study in Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Students in these courses can serve as foreign language tutors or translators and can be helpful as teaching assistants in language courses.

Contact Dr. David Carithers at 731-881-7278 or by email at to recruit a student intern.

History and Philosophy

History majors are able to fill positions at museums, historical sites (parks, monuments, etc.), participate in reenactments, and as library and research assistants, especially in archives. They are familiar with common research practices and are able to organize and summarize large amounts of information. Philosophy majors are able to fill positions in libraries and research institutions, especially in archives.

Contact Dr. David Coffey at 731-881-7342 or by email at for more information on obtaining a history intern.


Music majors are able to perform services in instrument repair, video editing and social media promotions in the music field. They can also serve as music teachers or tutors, assist with educational programming and fill positions in museums, particularly as it relates to the history of music and musical styles. Students can also create recordings and perform individually or in groups for special events.

Visual and Theatre Arts

The Department of Visual and Theatre Arts includes concentrations in graphic design, theatre and visual art. Graphic design majors can assist with web design and pre-press design, and are familiar with Adobe Creative Suite software. They can fill positions at advertisement agencies, public relations agencies, museums, art studios, printing companies and a variety of other areas. Theatre majors can fill positions at theatres and museums and participate in historical reenactments. Visual art majors are familiar with all forms of 2D and 3D artistic media and can assist with community art projects, art education projects, museum and gallery displays, and gallery management.

Contact Dr. Doug Cook at 731-881-7406 or by email at for more information on theatre or graphic design interns.

UT Martin REED Center

The UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center’s Career Development Program provides students with supervised practical experience related to their field of study. Programs are geared toward majors in the College of Business and Global Affairs, but other concentrations may find positions as well, depending on which businesses are recruiting at any particular time.

The center serves as a liaison between businesses and the campus to recruit highly-qualified students as temporary employees to complete special projects and assignments. Obtaining a student intern also gives business hosts the opportunity to evaluate the qualifications and skills of potential future employees.

Businesses interested in filling internship positions through the UT Martin REED Center should contact Landy Fuqua, director, at 731-587-7333 or by email at

The UT Martin Career Development Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from The Hamilton-Ryker Company.