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Atlanta Internship Experience

  • Downtown Atlanta
  • Centennial Park
  • Peachtree Street

In today's global marketplace, employers can choose the most gifted candidates from anywhere on earth, and even graduate degrees no longer guarantee prime positions. One old adage stills seems to hold true: "You can't get a job without experience, but you won't gain experience until you have a job."

About the Program

The Atlanta Internship Experience – a combination of work and study – coordinates a cohort of University of Mississippi students each summer to gain professional experience in their field of study.  Students search for an internship that meets their career goals, but that also fits with their academic and workplace experience.  The fifth largest city in the U.S. is vibrant and international, offering students in all majors exceptional internship opportunities. International corporations, media and communications, hospitality management, the arts, finance, and the sciences are just a few of the areas of interest in which students can find internships.

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?

Students who…

  • 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:

Academic Component

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.

ISS 490 Internship in Intelligence & Security Studies
AH 308 Art History Internship
ART 410 Art Internship
BUS 500 Business Internship
CHEM 459 Forensic Science Internship
CINE 397 Internship in Cinema
CSCI 495 Undergraduate Computer Science Internship
CSCI 595 Graduate Computer Science Internship
ECON 389 Internship (Economics)
ENGL 300 Internship in English
ENVS 385 Environmental Studies Internship
FIN 445 Internship in Insurance & Risk Management
G ST 497 Internship in Gender Studies
HP 627 Internship in Health Promotion
ES 493 Internship (Exercise Science)
ES 610 Internship in Exercise Science
IMC 395 IMC Internship I
IMC 495 IMC Internship II
INST 385 Internship in International Studies
JOUR 395 Journalism Internship
JOUR 495 Journalism Practicum
CJ 490 Criminal Justice Internship
LA 495 Internship (Legal Studies)
NHM 481 Merchandising Internship
NHM 484 Internship in Hospitality
POL 389 Internship in Government
PSY 401 Undergraduate Internship in Psychology
PPL 499 Internship (Public Policy Leadership)
SRA 401 Internship in Recreation Management
SRA 627 Internship (Recreation Management)
REL 380 Community-Based Internship
S ST 603 Internship (Southern Studies)
TC 330 Internship in Telecommunications
WWIRR 499 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.


Housing details will be updated mid-October.  Students will live with their fellow Atlanta IE participants in coordinated housing arrangements.


Atlanta IE Program Dates: late-May to mid-August, 2018
Application Deadline: November 30, 2017
Scholarship Application Deadline: November 30, 2017
Participation Packet Deadline (if accepted): January 22, 2018

Application Process

Click here to learn about the application process and download necessary forms.


2018 Fees TBA

Application fee:
The Atlanta IE program fee is TBD.  It will cover pre-departure activities, furnished housing in Atlanta, Atlanta IE group activities during "welcome week," and farewell dinner. Costs that will not be 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.

Financial aid questions?

Dana Requet
Financial Aid Office
(662) 915-5546

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AIE Contact Information

Kristina Philips

Kristina Phillips, Assistant Director
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite H
P.O. Box 1848
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-2746
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Laura Antonow

Laura Antonow, Director
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite H
P.O. Box 1848
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-6511
Fax: (662) 915-5138

AIE Forms (download .pdf)