According to a 2017 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) study, today’s employers expect students to be “employment ready” upon college graduation. Typically, students learn hard skills in the classroom, but soft “people" skills such as the ability to communicate, work as part of a team, solve problems, plan, organize, prioritize, and process information are learned through interpersonal collaboration with others. The NACE study concluded that the immersion experience of internships allows students to connect classroom and workplace by requiring students to integrate and refine both hard and soft skills. Participation in the Atlanta Internship Experience provides such an immersion experience.
Who should apply for the Atlanta Internship Experience?
- are degree-seeking University of Mississippi students interested in expanding their marketability upon graduation.
- have a strong resumé highlighting academic excellence and work experience.
- are knowledgeable and articulate about their major, internship goals, and career interests.
- have volunteer experience, leadership skills, and self-motivation.
- are mature, reliable, and have a strong work ethic.
- want to experience a professional environment and begin to build a professional network.
- want to serve as an ambassador for the University and the State of Mississippi.
- have a sense of adventure and don't mind getting outside of their comfort zone.
- can succeed in the competitive internship environment in Atlanta.
Students work to secure their own internships in Atlanta, with assistance from Internship Experience program staff, the UM Career Center, and UM alumni contacts in Atlanta.
Additionally, students should make use of online internship search engines. Below are some that students have found useful:
Students accepted into the summer cohort of the Atlanta Internship Experience are required to take an internship preparation course offered by the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.
This course offers Internship Experience participants opportunities to effectively and efficiently
research internships; to improve critical internship application materials; to discuss diversity and
intercultural competence; to navigate networking, social media, and professional etiquette; to
clarify professional and personal career goals; and to foster skills of problem-solving and
During the Internship:
Atlanta IE participants must receive academic credit for their internship. Students can also take additional course work through Ole Miss Online or iStudy.
Below is a list of internship courses from the University of Mississippi academic catalog.* If an internship for your major is not listed below, you may be able to receive academic credit via an independent or self-directed study course in your department. Some internship courses have pre-requisites or other requirements that might impact whether you can earn credit for the Atlanta Internship Experience. Contact your academic advisor to find out about your department's policies and your eligibility to earn internship credit.
||Internship in Intelligence & Security Studies
||Art History Internship
||Forensic Science Internship
||Internship in Cinema
||Undergraduate Computer Science Internship
||Graduate Computer Science Internship
||Internship in English
||Environmental Studies Internship
||Internship in Insurance & Risk Management
|G ST 497
||Internship in Gender Studies
||Internship in Health Promotion
||Internship (Exercise Science)
||Internship in Exercise Science
||IMC Internship I
||IMC Internship II
||Internship in International Studies
||Criminal Justice Internship
||Internship (Legal Studies)
||Internship in Hospitality
||Internship in Government
||Undergraduate Internship in Psychology
||Internship (Public Policy Leadership)
||Internship in Recreation Management
||Internship (Recreation Management)
|S ST 603
||Internship (Southern Studies)
||Internship in Telecommunications
||Internship (William Winter Institute on Racial Reconciliation)
*Inclusion on this list does not guarantee that the course can be used for academic credit in the Atlanta Internship Experience program. Confirm all requirements with your academic advisor.
Students live with their fellow Atlanta IE participants in a Georgia Tech intern housing complex in Midtown Atlanta. Rooms are fully furnished with Internet access and cable TV.
Atlanta IE Program Dates: May 19 - August 2, 2019
Application Deadline: November 9, 2018
Scholarship Application Deadline: November 9, 2019
Participation Packet Deadline (if accepted): January 21, 2019
Click here to learn about the application process and to start your on-line application.
2019 Fees TBA
The Atlanta IE application fee is $50 and will be charged to your bursar account. This fee is not refundable.
|Tuition (3 credits)
|Summer Tuition Fees TBD
The Atlanta IE fee cover pre-departure activities, furnished housing in Atlanta, Atlanta IE group activities during "welcome week," and farewell dinner. Not included in the Atlanta IE fee are tuition, travel to/from Atlanta, daily meals, ground transportation, and personal spending money. If students elect to take additional coursework through Ole Miss Online or iStudy, they are responsible for additional tuition costs.
Students with a FAFSA on file can apply for a limited number of Atlanta IE scholarships.
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