OLPD 4496 Applied Experience Guidelines for Undergraduate Students
Submit Spring portfolios to the course Moodle site by:
December 13 for Fall term
May 4 for Spring term
Reminder: You must have your applied experience approved by the course instructor prior to starting.
OLPD 4496, the undergraduate internship course, is designed as a culminating learning experience for students nearing graduation. It affords students an opportunity to seek out practical work experience related to their chosen major of business and marketing education. An essential part of the applied experience is the opportunity to use knowledge acquired in the classroom in practical applications in the workplace. Problem solving and creative thinking in the workplace improves the retention and mastery of information gained in the classroom.
To be successful, the applied experience should focus on a specific project or task that lends itself to analysis and resolution over a short period. A typical applied experience involves 180 hours of work for 4 credits during a single semester (45 hours of work per credit). Students can carry out this work in industry, for-profit or non-profit organizations, or government.
The applied experience is not "credit for work." Students must be engaged in specific assignments related to the discipline of business and marketing education. The student and the applied experience supervisor will be asked to sign a contract stipulating to that assignment. The applied experience contract must also be approved by the course instructor.
There are prerequisites that students must meet in order to be eligible to register for this course:
- Be an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota who has already been accepted to the B.S. in business and marketing education.
- Have completed 90 credits (not counting "in progress" credits) including at least three of the following: OLPD 3401, OLPD 3424, OLPD 3318, and OLPD 4426.
By the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Apply for and obtain an undergraduate applied experience related to sales and/or marketing.
- Document their work hours and products.
- Obtain a written evaluation of their work, as assessed by their applied experience supervisor.
- Critically reflect on and write about theory-practice linkages in their field.
- Create a visually attractive, well-organized portfolio of their applied experience work.
We do not meet together in a traditional classroom, with a group of students and an instructor. Instead, the work for this course is conducted individually and through consultation with your course instructor.
Hours and Tasks
For this course, a semester credit hour is earned by completing 45 hours on the job. Experience shows that 4 semester credits, amounting to 180 hours of work, is a manageable semester load. Undergraduate students can take anywhere from 1 to 4 credits total.
- Students must read and study the content of these guidelines. Students are responsible for all details mentioned in this document, including all deadlines.
- Students register for the course – OLPD 4496– for the semester during which they will be carrying out the applied experience hours.
- Students obtain their own applied experience.
- Students complete and submit a draft contract to the course instructor, via email. The contract must be in Microsoft Word format. ALL contracts must be received and approved by the course instructor within the first 2 weeks of employment. Failure to meet this requirement will results in lost work hours that cannot be counted towards the total required hours.
- Once the contract has been approved by the course instructor, students obtain all necessary signatures and provide a final, hard copy of the contract to the course instructor.
- Students begin working at the applied experience position.
- Students submit an portfolio to the course Moodle site with all required items (see list below) for the course instructor. It is recommended that you keep a separate copy of the portfolio for your own purposes.
OLPD 4496 is an S/N course. To earn a satisfactory (S) grade students must successfully complete the following items and submit a portfolio via Moodle by the assigned due date:
- Cover Page. This should include student's full name, the current date, the semester registered, and the number of credits.
- Contract. A copy of the signed applied experience contract should be included in the portfolio. This should be placed among the first few pages of the portfolio.
- Supervisor's Letter of Evaluation. This is a one-page letter from the applied experience supervisor. It must be written by that individual and printed on company letterhead, with the supervisor's signature at the bottom of the document. In 2 or 3 paragraphs, the supervisor should comment on the tasks that the student carried out and his/her overall performance. Please see Fact Sheet for Site Supervisors for more information.
- Daily Log. Students must maintain a daily log of activities during the applied experience. This log should include the date, a brief phrase describing the activities accomplished that day, and a running total of all hours worked for the applied experience position.
- Formal Evidence of Hours Worked. Students must submit formal evidence of hours worked. Copies of pay stubs or time sheets are acceptable.
- Written Analysis of Applied Experience. Students must write and submit a paper analyzing the applied experience. This report should be 5 pages, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced. References should be cited in APA format. The paper must address the following:
- Project: General background information including the name of organization, a brief description of the industry, the organization's products or services, and how the organization fits within the industry.
- Process: Process: A brief description of the student's experience in the applied experience position. How was the applied experience obtained? What was the student's position within the organizational structure, i.e. what department, division or program did the student serve? What duties were carried out? Did original duties change, and if so, in what manner?
- Theory/practice linkage: Choose at least three theories or models from BME coursework. Analyze the hands-on, real-work applied experience against these models and present conclusions. Please note that descriptions of the actual theories should be limited to a few phrases or sentences at most. The analysis of the theory in a real life setting is the real heart of this report. This section should include the results of your work and the extent to which objectives were achieved.
- Conclusions: Share some of your personal learning, either about individual growth, work style or habits, or about the industry and future career aspirations.
- Developed Materials. Copies of relevant materials developed as part of the applied experience duties should be included in the portfolio. Examples include any documents that were created, including memos, reports, lesson plans, training materials, Power Point presentations, surveys, and any other work "product" that the student authored.
Please note that the course instructor is available to both the student and the work supervisor for consultation and problem-solving during the applied experience. If the intern runs into any challenges, it is best to contact the course instructor as soon as possible.
Students are generally expected to complete an applied experience during a single semester. Incompletes will only be granted in extremely rare circumstances. The student must contact the course instructor as soon as possible, and will need to provide documentation of the emergency situation. If the student fails to contact the course instructor by the last day of instruction, that student will receive an "N"; or "not satisfactory" grade for the course.
Revised September 6, 2017