An optional internship provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with professionals and get an insider’s view of the industry. Students apply classroom learning and prepare for the transition from school to full-time MM employment.

Students seeking credit for the internship are expected to find employment that primarily draws upon the intern’s academic knowledge in management level tasks, and allows for new learning in these areas.

Note: It is acceptable to design a credit-bearing internship if you are already employed in an MM-related job that is not an internship, per se. For this kind of MM internship, submit a proposal that summarizes duties that will enable you to apply your coursework to develop new skills and abilities, and obtain your employer’s approval for these duties.


  • 45 semester credits completed
  • Admitted to the MM major or certificate


1. Identify your goals. Which particular manufacturing operations management area interests you most? Many students use this step as an opportunity to build a résumé with a highlighted focus.

2. Secure the position (if needed), using the following suggested resources:

3. Obtain an internship job description (if available) for attachment to the Internship Agreement form.

4. Locate a member of the faculty and obtain his or her agreement to work with you. Your faculty adviser will assist you in completing the Internship Agreement form: credit load, learning objectives, and deliverables. If your internship is occurring in a job you currently hold, your adviser is essential in helping you determine the nature and scope of your internship.

5. Contact the MM internship coordinator, Lynn Cross, at