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TERM:2021-22 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 489
COURSE TITLE: Internship Preparation
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Tetyana Khramova
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 1(1.5-0-0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides students with the preparatory tools, guidance, knowledge and skills to successfully seek, secure, and engage in their internships. Students will develop their internship learning plans and internship search portfolio. As well, students will attend industry forums and interview field practitioners to familiarize themselves with opportunities and challenges of working in various industries and professional fields. Students will use these knowledge and skills to seek, secure, and engage in internships that will enhance their business/management skills as well as provide them with genuine career opportunities.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 2 years of the Commerce Program and permission from the Internship Coordinator or Academic Supervisor.
  • No required textbook.
  • The recommended online book “Advanced Techniques for Work Search” is available here for free.
  • All assignment/report guidelines and relevant forms will be made available from the course site on Moodle.
  • Course presentations and helpful links will be posted on Moodle site as well.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Attendance and Participation 10%
Assignment 1: Career Exploration Report30%
Assignment 2: My Portfolio 30%
Assignment 3: Internship Learning Plan
30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The main objective of the course is to ensure that internship candidates are well prepared to:
  • Recognize what competencies and skills to focus on building through the internship experience
  • Understand the internship projects and activities deemed academically appropriate
  • Understand what employers/internship supervisors expect from interns
  • Present what is appropriate and relevant in job and internship search and selection
  • Understand both academic and professional obligations
  • Consider the impact of faith on career and work choices
OUTLINE:Part 1: Career Exploration
The main objective of this part is to collect the information about different careers in business and based on it choose one (or two) directions for your internship.
  • Course Intro. Start Exploring Business Careers
  • Guest Speaker Witty Sandle “Your Internship: Discerning Your Vocation”
  • Assignment 1: Career Exploration Report, due by Oct 1
October 2020
Part 2: My Portfolio
The main objective of this part is to understand the concept of portfolio, then start developing your own portfolio including resume and cover letter, LinkedIn profile, get some reference letters, and tape a short self introduction video.
  • Portfolio. First Version of the Resume
  • One-on-one Meeting with the Academic Supervisor/Internship Coordinator: resume review. Schedule your resume review on one of the following dates: Oct. 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, or 21.
  • How to Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Business Social Media Profile and Videos
  • Assignment 2: My Portfolio, due by Nov 12
November 2020
Part 3: Internship Kickoff
The main objective of this part is to learn more about the summer students hiring process as well as to summarise all of the knowledge obtained in the final paper “Preliminary Internship Learning Plan”.
  • Interview Preparation
  • Group Mock Interview with HRs and Hiring Managers
  • How to Apply for Winter/Summer Jobs; Internship Planning
  • Assignment 3: Internship Learning Plan, due by Dec 10


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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