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Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantships for the 2021-2022 academic year (fall 2021 and spring 2022) have been awarded.  Please check this website in January 2022 for the 2022-2023 (fall 2022 and spring 2023) graduate assistantship application form and instructions.

For details on GA Contracts please visit the Graduate Student Union website.

Human Resource Administration Students

Certification to Credit Information: 

MSA 690 Internship

The MSA 690, Internship, is a 300-hour internship experience. The student will work with an institutional supervisor as part of the 300-hour internship experience. Students submit a log to the internship coordinator weekly, in order to document the 300 internship hours. A reflective paper may also be required as part of a final portfolio.

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

The MSA 690 internship is not intended for students who are already employed in administrative positions. Students who are employed full-time in 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 the internship opportunity meets the objectives.

The objectives of the internship are to be achieved in a general way for all interns. The internship should be tailored to the interests and professional needs of the interns. The intern is expected to develop written objectives for his/her MSA 690 instructor, and then with his/her institutional supervisor. When interns have special personal/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 and how they are determined and to understand the priorities of the organization 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, and
    • 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 of, 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 Proposal.pdf

Internship Handbook for Students (Revised 2016) Internship Handbook 2016.pdf  (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
          October 15 for the Spring Semester
          March 15 for the Summer semester

Checklist to get started.pdf - This checklist is helpful to turn in with your initial paperwork!

Internship Handbook for Employers (Revised 2016)  Internship Handbook for Supervisors 2016.pdf

**MSA 690 is ONLY available to Main Campus 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 in 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 click here.


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:

For more information on OPT click here.

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