April 29, 1998
BA 396: London Business Internship
London: June 6 - August 7, 1998
Instructor: Dr. Charles Kuehl St. Louis: Office: 481 SSB, UM-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121 Telephone: 314/516-6112; fax: 314/516-6420 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org This course will use a portfolio system of student evaluation. The purpose behind this is to let you take something tangible away from your internship indicating the nature of your experience. By building your portfolio you are cementing the learning experience you will have had over the summer into a cohesive and valuable tool for future use. One such use is to demonstrate in clear fashion, to prospective employers, the activities and projects you have engaged in. The portfolio should be built as you progress through your internship; that is, I urge you not to put off assembling your materials until your very last days in London or until you return. Timely attention not only will save you the anxiety and pressure accompanying last-minute projects, by spacing out the tasks during the period of your internship you will force yourself to consider what you are getting from the experience as it unfolds.
STUDENT GOAL STATEMENT This consists of two parts: the statement of your goals and the agreement between you and your supervisor at the host organization concerning your responsibilities.
WORK SAMPLES Included here will be memos, letters, reports, etc. that show the work you were asked to do. Also included here will be samples of analysis you conducted and/or projects you worked on.
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS During the summer you are to conduct at least one informational interview with a manager, other than your supervisor, within your host organization. The purpose of the interview is to gain insights about the role of the manager in the U.K. Among the topics covered during your conversation, then, are things such as educational background required for the job; typical career progression; compensation: pre and post tax; (don't make this personal by asking how much the individual makes and takes home, ask instead for ranges for jobs at about his/her level); how real is the threat of job loss (The British call it "being made redundant"); what protection is provided for the threat; what is the future of the U.K. as a competitor in the world market; what is that of the U.S. You will no doubt be able to formulate your own questions; keep in mind the goal is to understand what it is like to be a manager in London.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS I will ask your supervisor to fill out a performance appraisal form on two occasions; mid-way through your stay (about July 7) and at the conclusion. Both appraisals should be discussed with you and sent to me.
JUSTIFICATION LETTER In 2-3 pages you should discuss and evaluate your internship experience as a whole. Address your original learning goals and review what you have accomplished. You might include an example of an experience you had during your internship that you feel exemplifies or illustrates how you met your learning goals. This should be an essay justifying your experience to your advisor.
JOURNAL KEEP A JOURNAL! Making daily entries of a paragraph or two is a painless way of constructing a record of your days in London. Summarizing the events of the day requires a bit of diligence and discipline but pays off handsomely. Most of your writing will focus on your job, but some attention can, and should, be given to the cultural or social aspects of your experience. I am not suggesting that you include personal items, I'm simply saying that your journal need not be confined to work.
OTHER EVIDENCE OF LEARNING You may include anything in your portfolio that you feel reflects your experience of the summer. You may wish to seek letters of recommendation before you leave.
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