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Christian NollnerChristian Nollner (BPS '08) successfully completed an unpaid internship at Vera Wang Maids, the bridesmaid showroom and companion to the Vera Wang Bridal House in New York City. She said, "I've always been interested in fashion. My first job was at a retail store." Nollner's eight week internship helped her better understand the fashion industry and the company. She is now a bridal stylist at the Vera Wang Bridal House. "I think it showed a lot of courage to actually move up to New York City from Memphis to do an unpaid internship. They didn't offer housing or board for me. That was a little tough, but I think it spoke volumes." The internship provided the perfect springboard for Nollner to land a full time position with the company.

—Christian Nollner

Interested in Sponsoring an Intern?

An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between the student, the University of Memphis, and a community partner. Each year more than 5,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Academic Credit- With an approves learning contract,students may elect to receive academic credit for an internship experience. We highly encourage students to consider taking an academic internship course in conjunction with the internship experience to assist in their degree completion, and provide additional faculty/staff support during the experience. 

Monetary Compensation- The potential to receive financial compensation varies with the organization and the academic discipline. Please review the Federal Labor Law regarding internships. 

Sponsoring an Intern can...

  • Bring fresh ideas, talents and skills to your organization.
  • Identify prospective employees to meet future staffing needs.
  • Provide cost-effective recruitment and training.
  • Enhance community/university relationships.
  • Encourage more practical training in the educational process.
  • Provide staff for special projects.
  • Contribute to the development of young professionals in our local and regional communities - help build the future of Memphis.

What type of activities are appropriate for internships?

  • Planning and Implementing Special Projects
  • Developing Reports
  • Conducting Research
  • Marketing
  • Website Construction/Maintenance
  • Social Networking

Through internships, the community offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance professional development with first hand experience in the world of work
  • Build an effective resume that results in better job offers after graduation
  • Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet career goals
  • Develop a network of professional contacts
  • Reinforce learning received in course work experience
  • Become familiar with future opportunities in Shelby County

Employers rate relevant work experience as the most important criteria during the job selection process. A high quality internship provides the key to a more meaningful education and a brighter future.

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