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School of Management Internship

Spring 2007 Syllabus

MAS 8V00
Faculty: Dr. Steve Perkins, Associate Dean, School of Management 972-883-6789 SM 4.620

Coordinator: Judy Guyer, Director, SOM Career Management Center 972-883-6832 SM 2.301

Course Documentation: Gaby Perkowski, Program Assistant, SOM Career Management Center 972-883-6816 SM 2.301

Contact information for Career Management Center

School of Management Room 2.301 FAX 972-883-6917
or mailing address: Attn: Gaby Perkowski
University of Texas at Dallas
P.O. Box 830688 SM25
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

• Graduate students must have completed 18 hours of management courses before
registering for this internship.

• Graduate students can earn up to 3 (Pass/Fail) credit hours (maximum of 3 semesters

per degree level) of Internship/Co-op credit towards graduation if elective credits are
available on the student’s degree plan. A job description must be on file verifying key
management responsibilities demonstrating graduate level skills.
¾ Graduate students may enroll for the internship a maximum of 3
semesters. Typical end of the semester deliverables:
o First semester – presentation
o Second semester – paper
o Third semester – project
¾ Credit hours granted are based on minimum number of hours worked on
internship. Students may enroll for fewer credit hours if desired.
o 1 Credit Hour (80-159 work hours)
o 2 Credit Hours (160-239 work hours)
o 3 Credit Hours (240+ work hours)
¾ Students currently employed full-time seeking to obtain credit via the
internship program need to receive PRIOR APPROVAL to enroll. A
document identifying the scope of a new learning project must be
submitted to Judy Guyer and Steve Perkins per the Special Project rules
outlined below.
¾ In exceptional circumstances, a student may qualify for additional credit
up to 3 credit hours if stringent guidelines are met. PRIOR APPROVAL
is required.

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Course Description
• Class participants must register with UTDCareerWorks database:
• One class meeting will be held to discuss course requirements:
o Attendance Mandatory for 1st Time Students (Later registrants must connect with
Gaby Perkowski)
• Post a new resume on CareerWorks which includes your internship.
• Turn in a job description (during the first two weeks to Gaby Perkowski) outlining the
graduate level skills you will be using and enhancing during your internship.
• Write a one page paper (due the same day as the presentations below) explaining how the
internship employed and improved the graduate level skills stated in the job description.
• Additional course assignments differ according to the number of times you have taken
the internship course. These are explained on the following pages.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

1. Construct a set of goals and objectives to accomplish during the internship
2. Describe in writing your progress each month
3. Synthesize the internship experience in an oral presentation or written document,
assessing what was learned from the position
4. Evaluate and self-identify areas for personal development and future career growth

Grading Policy
Submit goals, monthly work report and evaluations on time. “Goals” forms supplied at end of
syllabus. Turn in presentation or paper on time. Attend the presentation if required for your
internship. Turn in course evaluations, provided by office 2 weeks prior to close of semester.

The presentations will be Tuesday, April 17th & Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 from 4-6pm
and 6-8pm. You will receive an email later in the semester asking you to schedule your exact
two hour presentation session. To pass, students must attend for an entire 2 hour session,
no exceptions. If your internship is outside of the DFW area, you will be required to write a
research paper.

Course & Instructor Policies

Keep in touch with Gaby Perkowski. Let her know any issues or problems as soon as possible.

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Assignments -
Students taking the internship course for the first time (for 1 - 3 credits)
1. Complete 3 specific goals & objectives within the first 2 weeks: see attached
form at the end of the syllabus. Due 2 weeks after start of job. Form must be signed
by Supervisor. To meet deadline, the goals may be e-mailed to Gaby Perkowski by
the due date, but a hard copy with supervisor signature must also be submitted to the
Career Management Center (CMC).

2. Submit a work report every four weeks of the semester: These reports should
be faxed or emailed. Each report should document the dates covered, number of
hours worked during each time period, and a brief statement regarding progress
against goals & objectives. (A half-page report is adequate)

3. Participate in site visit: Judy Guyer may schedule a brief visit with your
supervisor (@ work location) during the semester to discuss your work experience. It
is your responsibility to insure our office has the correct contact information, and to
assist in arranging for a visit with your supervisor.

4. Final Project: internship presentation: This 10 minute oral PowerPoint

presentation will give you the opportunity to reflect on your internship, followed by a
5 minute question and answer session. The focus of your presentation should be on
your specific assignment and your experiences. Address the following:
A) Internship Overview – 2 minutes
¾ List your goals and objectives
¾ State how well those goals and objectives have been met
B) Company Overview – 3 minutes
¾ The products and/or services your company offers are….
¾ The major competitors of my company and their strengths are….
¾ The role my department plays in the success of the company is…
¾ The specific project or assignment I worked on was…
C) Internship Assignment – 5 minutes
¾ The single most important thing I learned from my internship was….
¾ The best suggestion I have for improving this company is…
¾ The (a specific UTD class) that helped me the most was…(state reason)
¾ The biggest problem that I faced, and addressed, was…
¾ The main thing I could have done to improve my performance was…
¾ The internship has helped me determine my long-term career goals by…
C) Question and answer – 4-5 minutes (from audience)

Deadlines: E-mail a copy of your PowerPoint presentation to Judy Guyer by the end of day, Friday, April 13, 2007.

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For students taking the internship course for the second time
Or first time students working out of the area.
Students registered for 1-2 credit hours complete assignments 1-3 listed below;
Students registered for 3 credit hours complete assignments 1-4 listed below.

1. Complete 3 specific Goals & Objectives within the first 2 weeks: see attached form.
Due Date: 2 weeks after start of job. Form must be signed by Supervisor. To meet deadline,
the goals may be e-mailed to Gaby Perkowski by the due date, but a hard copy (see attached)
with supervisor signature must be submitted to the Career Management Center (CMC).

2. Submit a work report every four weeks of the semester: These reports should
be faxed or emailed. Each work report should document the dates covered,
number of hours worked* during each time period, and a brief statement
regarding progress against goals & objectives. (A half-page report is adequate)

3. Research Paper : 2 parts - 10 pages total

Part A: Career Path Opportunities

1. What job would you like to have upon completion of your current studies?
2. How do you see this work experience preparing you for that role?
3. Interview someone who holds the job you would like to have upon graduation, or
after attaining 5 more years experience. Discuss interview in your paper.
4. Research the availability and location of these jobs.
5. Briefly describe the major competitors in this industry.
6. What skills do you need to develop to prepare yourself for the anticipated job?
7. What can you do to make yourself more marketable in terms of experience?
8. Can you identify a mentor in your chosen career field?
9. Map a plan for job progression for the next 5 years.
10. What local professional organizations support your area of interest? Specialized
publications available in this field?

Part B: What I learned from this internship

1. The single most important thing I learned from my internship was…
2. The best suggestion I have for improving this company is…
3. The reason I found (a specific UTD class) the class that helped me the most was…
4. The biggest problem that I faced, and addressed was…
5. The main thing I could have done to improve my performance was…

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4. Understanding the organization (students registered for 3 credit hours)

A. Include an organizational chart, with the names of the key divisions/individuals in

your company. Try to give us a clear picture of your company structure.

B. Identify key individuals in your company and areas they work in: your supervisor,
your supervisor’s manager, the head of your division, etc. and include the president or
CEO. Identify the head of the HR division and/or the person who arranged
your hiring or interviewed you.

C. Identify UTD alums at your company (minimum of 3). As an alternative, see if you can
identify individuals willing to serve as student mentors or speakers at UTD. Please note
their area of specialty.

D. Identify at least 3 other people you have interviewed at the company to develop
information for all of the above: include name, title, phone number and email. Please note
if you prefer this remain confidential

E. Identify management (BA or MBA level) job openings with your company in the DFW
area including job requirements.

Deadlines: E-mail a copy of your paper to Gaby Perkowski,, by the

end of day, Friday, April 13, 2007.


For students taking the internship course for the third time

In order to receive 1 - 3 credit hours, you should identify new learning and skills you will develop during
this semester. Before enrolling you should develop a proposal for a special project or research topic and
have it approved by Judy Guyer and Steve Perkins. Graduate students may enroll for the internship a
maximum of 3 semesters.

Your proposal should outline in one page the scope of the new learning and your goals for undertaking
this project or research. The proposal should also outline your suggested format of your final deliverable
for the class: presentation or paper. Presentation option depends on availability. Topic of final
paper/presentation should address:

¾ Impact and analysis of your special project across the corporation

¾ Assess and evaluate impact of your special project on your career

We also ask that your employment supervisor submit a brief statement confirming that you are taking on
new responsibilities. We expect that you will dedicate at least 40 work hours to this effort for each
academic credit hour (1 credit hour = 40 work hours, 3 credit hours = 120 work hours). There will be an
on-site employment meeting to may be scheduled discuss your progress during the semester.

Deadlines: E-mail a copy of your paper to Gaby Perkowski,, by the

end of day, Friday, April 13, 2007.

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Field Trip Policies
Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities
Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and
University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information
regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address Additional information is
available from the office of the school dean. Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-
related activity associated with this course.

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations
for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and
each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern
student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained
in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of
recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and
Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and
in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating
Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the
Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and
regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship.
He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules,
university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the
standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or
criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because
the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the
student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual
honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to
applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or
material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the
following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students
suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other
source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see
general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the
web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

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Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between
faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues
concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university
encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email
address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a
UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the
identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD
furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with
university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method
for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses.
These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures
must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any
class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork
to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the
class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities,
of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments
of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to
resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the
grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain
primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at
that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the
respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the
respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not
resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of
Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic
Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic
appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and

Incomplete Grade Policy

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at
the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade
must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the
required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the
specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

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Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities
equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the
Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688
(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments
necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary
to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for
students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example,
a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes
enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities.
The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or
mobility assistance.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an
accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members
to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special
accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for
the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are
exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding
the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to
take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period
equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the
instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A
student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a
failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of
observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has
been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the
student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or
his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative
intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief
executive officer or designee.

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

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University of Texas at Dallas
Student Goals Plan

School of Management Internship/Co-op class Instructor: Dr. Steve Perkins

Spring 2007 Director: Judy Guyer

Student Name: ____________________________ Phone (______)_______________(H)

Email: _________________________________ (______)_______________(W)
Degree: ____________________________ Grad Date: _________________

Site Supervisor Name ______________________ Phone (______)_______________

Title: ________________________________ email: _____________________

FAX _______________________

Work Site: ___________________________________________________________

(complete name of employer/company)

Location Address: _____________________________________________________________

Street City, State, Zip
1. After discussion with your supervisor, fill out the second page (goals).
2. Type your answers.
3. Obtain the required signatures, indicating your supervisor’s approval of Objectives
4. Student should submit by due date to the CMC office, Attn: Gaby Perkowski,
Fax: 972-883-6917, Ph: 972-883-6816,

I have reviewed the Goals and Objectives as stated on the following form. I agree to participate
in a site visit this semester to discuss this student’s work plan, and to complete a performance
appraisal (form will be provided) at the conclusion of this semester.

__________________________________________________ ________________
Signature of Site Supervisor Date

__________________________________________________ ________________
Signature of Student Intern/Co-op Date

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University of Texas at Dallas
Co-op / Internship Goals/Objectives and Expectations for:
Student ________________________________________

Employer _______________________________________

List at least 3 specific learning objectives for the semester:

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