MSA Internships

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Gain practical experience

MSA 690 Internship

The MSA 690 Internship is a 300-hour internship experience. As part of this opportunity, you'll work with an institutional supervisor at your internship location and document your participation by submitting a weekly log to your internship coordinator. A reflective paper may also be required as part of your final portfolio.

The internship is a vital part of the academic program and provides you with a consolidated period of time to relate and apply what you have learned in the classroom to a project within an organization. It provides an introduction to the daily activities of management and administration, also granting you an organizational setting for your capstone research project.

The MSA 690 internship is not intended for you if you're already employed in administrative positions. Students who are employed full-time in a non-administrative position may do the internship under the following conditions: 1) The internship opportunity constitutes 300 hours outside of the student's normal job assignment and, 2) The internship opportunity meets the objectives for an internship as specified on in the internship guidelines. The MSA 690 instructor will determine if this opportunity meets the objectives.

The objectives of the internship are to be achieved in a general way for all interns. It should be tailored to your interests and professional needs. You'll be expected to develop written objectives for your MSA 690 instructor, and then with your institutional supervisor. If you have special personal or professional needs that should be considered during the internship, these will be communicated from the faculty and/or advisor to the institutional supervisor.

The objectives of the internship are:

  • To observe and study the role, functions, and style of management and administration.
  • To understand the goals and planning processes of the organization, how they are determined and to understand the organization's priorities and how/why they are selected.
  • To analyze a decision-making process at different levels of the organization, including the responsibilities, function and organization of the governing board, the management staff, the administrative staff, as well as other staff units, and other key departments.
  • To understand the dynamics of relationships:

    1. Between the administrative staff and the departments.
    2. Among departments.
    3. Among governance, management, administration, and other staff units.
    4. Within specialized staff units.
  • To understand the operational effectiveness of the organization.
  • To enhance the intern's understanding of the organizational structure, the organization's place within the system, and the organization's relationship with other institutions.
  • To provide an environment to enhance the understanding and the controlled application and testing of skills, theories, and concepts presented during the intern's academic preparation.
  • To strengthen judgment, decisiveness, and related administrative skills in the functional service environment.
  • To develop an appreciation of the need for a code of ethics, a philosophy, and a dedication to the high ideals and standards of administrative organizations.
  • To provide an evaluation of the intern in relation to his/her needs for professional development and potential for a career in the specified area of concentration.
  • To study an organizational problem and develop recommendations to management by means of the capstone research project.

To begin looking for internship opportunities visit CMU Career Services*

*They will also provide resume assistance and Mock Interview assistance.

You MUST submit an Internship Proposal to your Academic Advisor.

Internship Handbook  (Be sure to follow the Internship Checklist to complete all steps.)

Prior to starting your internship, these items must be turned in:

  • Proposal (page 10) (first step to get advisor approval).
  • Agreement with Internship description (page 12) (affiliation agreement if needed, to be determined by MSA advisor).
  • Career Services form (page 11) and two resumes.
  • Pre-evaluation (self-evaluation).
  • International Students must have CPT approval (see MSA advisor).

*Internship agreements and paperwork MUST be in place by the following deadlines:

  • July 15 for the Fall semester
  • Oct. 15 for the Spring Semester
  • March 15 for the Summer semester

Review the Internship Checklist to get started and help you with your initial paperwork!

Download the Internship Checklist

Internship Handbook for Employers

**MSA 690 is ONLY available to main campus students.

Opportunities are available for international students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

General Information

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 students is intended to provide hands-on, practical work experience in situations where the work serves as an integral part of a student's academic program and is prior to completion of that program. Students that have been in F-1 status for one academic year may apply to participate in this type of training. Students who have received one year or more of full-time CPT at an academic level are ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in that same academic level.

To be eligible for curricular practical training, you must have a job offer, as the employment authorization will be employer-specific. In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • Your academic program requires employment in the field of study as a condition of graduation. In this case, CPT does not need to be credit-bearing.
  • Your academic program offers credit-bearing training opportunities that are an important, but optional part of the program of study.

For more information on CPT, visit the Office of Global Engagement website.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

General information

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is defined as: "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study."

OPT may be authorized to an F-1 student who has lawfully enrolled in an academic program on a full-time basis for one full academic year. The student may apply for OPT employment authorization for work that is directly related to his or her area of study. It is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complementary to the student's academic program. English language training students are not eligible for OPT.

There are three types of OPT available to eligible F-1 students:

  • Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training.
  • Post-Completion Optional Practical Training.
  • 24-month STEM OPT Extension.

For more information on OPT, visit the Office of Global Engagement website.