Employer & Student Guide

MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP - MGT480H GENERAL OVERVIEW

GENERAL OVERVIEW

MGT480 is an elective course offered to interested candidates in the Management Programs or the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga. The course is open on a first-come basis to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more may apply. Students must attend a mandatory orientation on Friday, September 22nd.

Goals of the Course

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to apply-in a practical setting-the management experience they have gained through previous course work. This is accomplished through work placements, or "internships." The internship provides students with a valuable opportunity to make personal contacts in the public or private sector. The course is also intended to help students to bridge the gap between graduation and full-time employment. Therefore, attention is paid to helping students acquire practical skills that will serve them well in their job search and eventually, in the workplace. 

What is an Internship?

Students work as interns applying management expertise during the work placement. The internships are unpaid.

The internships take a variety of forms. In some cases, the "employer" may ask the student to complete an individual research project. In other cases, the student may be asked to join an existing project team. To successfully complete the internship, the student is required to fulfill a work commitment of 110 unpaid hours, which is approximately 8-1/2 hours a day for 13 weeks. The scheduling of the work commitment is completely flexible, and is to be worked out by mutual agreement between the student and the employer. For example, one day per week throughout the semester, two half-days per week, four days per month are possible arrangements.

What does U of T Expect of the Employer?

Our expectation of the employer is that he or she will provide the student with a project to work on. The project will focus on a particular problem or opportunity - and one which can reasonably be completed during the internship. The project might be specifically designed for the individual student, or the student might be given a role in an ongoing project. We expect that the student will be given "real" work to do, rather than "busy" work. In some cases the employer will need to provide a physical place for the student work (an office or a desk). In all cases, the employer will need to spend some time orienting the student to the nature and requirements of the project, and monitoring the student's efforts.

Once an employer has agreed to provide a placement, he or she will be asked to submit a brief project and job description. This will include a description of the job or project and a list of the skills required for the job (both academic skills and practical skills, such as writing or communication). The employer will also be asked to sign a workplace agreement form, so that students receive the appropriate insurance coverage while on the job. The cost and administration of insurance is covered by the University and by the Ministry of Education and Training. At the end of the school year, the employer will be asked to complete a brief form assessing the student's performance on the job; this will provide part of the student's mark for the course. The employer will be invited and encouraged to attend the end-of-year presentations by student interns.

What are the Benefits to the Employer?

In exchange for the commitment to provide a project and a work environment for the student, the employer will receive 110 hours of work from a University of Toronto undergraduate student specializing either in the Management or the Commerce Program. We hope that students will use these hours to make a real contribution to the ongoing work of the organization. Employers will also have an opportunity to assess the qualifications of University of Toronto near-graduates. The University of Toronto at Mississauga is very interested in fostering working relationships with members of our community outside academia; there are many potential mutual benefits to such relationships.

What does U of T Expect of the Student?

The student is expected to fulfill a 110-hour work commitment, according to a schedule mutually accepted by the student and the employer. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workplace. Every effort will be made to accommodate students' needs with regard to the work location, but there are no guarantees.

Students' work will be monitored by the faculty coordinator through phone calls, e-mail, periodic meetings, and if necessary, site visits. Students are expected to attend all course meetings.

Students are sent to MGT480H internships as "ambassadors" from the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Their work in these internships is representative of the work of all other U of T students. We hope and expect that our students will act as professionals at all times. We know that they will be reliable, cooperative, and punctual. We believe that they will impress their employers not only with their existing skills and background preparation, but also with their intelligence and willingness to learn new skills.

What are the Benefits to the Students?

Management students, as well as Commerce students will fulfill a program requirement with the successful completion of this course. In general, students gain valuable work experience from the course. The internship can be listed on a student's résumé as an example of relevant work experience. The practical sessions are designed to inform students about current issues of importance in the business industry. Through the internships, students will gain a number of practical workplace skills, including communication (written and oral); job search and resume-writing skills; interpersonal and teamwork skills; issue identification and analysis; and project management. Finally, some students will be lucky enough to gain valuable personal contacts and perhaps even employment in the business industry.

What is Expected of U of T and the Course Coordinator?

The University of Toronto is responsible for the cost and administration of insurance coverage for students involved in practical work as a component of their course work. Students who are working for an organization which has Workers Compensation Board coverage for their own employees are eligible for WCB coverage, handled by the University through the workplace-education agreement with the Ministry of Education and Training. Students who are completing their internship at an organization which does not provide WCB coverage for their own employees are still covered under the University's comprehensive liability policy, through ITT Hartford. U of T will provide workplace education agreement forms to be signed by the employer, the student, and the faculty course coordinator.

Additionally, the role of the faculty member will be to coordinate course activities. This includes monitoring the student's progress and to act as a mediator between the student and the employer, in case any problems arise. At the end of the school year, it will be the faculty member's responsibility to gather all of the components of the course assessment and provide a course mark for the student.

Procedures:

Sign up for the course on ROSI but don't forget to sign up for another course in case you don't get in. (Students must be registered for the course or on the waitlist by August 31st)

Attend the mandatory orientation on Friday, September 22nd. Attendance at this session is MANDATORY for ALL potential students, both registered and on the wait list. Students who do not attend will be ineligible for the course. (Register on the PSDP website)

Complete the MGT 480 Internship application (Link to the application will be distributed at the mandatory orientation).