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Entrepreneurial Internship Program

The Entrepreneurial Internship program at Fox is available to all students throughout the Business School. We provide a structured environment that enriches students’ internship experience while at the same time assuring the highest value to participating sponsor companies. As part of the program we help match creative, proactive business school students with internships at entrepreneurial, high-growth, or innovation-focused organizations. During the internship experience, students are engaged in high-impact activities, receive direct mentoring from leaders in sponsoring companies, and are managed throughout the process by instructors that are experienced executive coaches in their own right.

  • If you are an organization and would like to participate in our internship program by sponsoring interns please click here.
  • If you are a Temple student and are interested in internships please email Jane Frankel with your first and second choice to start the process of being matched with an internship and signing up for SGM 3685.

The core of this program is our Entrepreneurial Internship course (SGM 3685) which includes a 100 hour onsite internship (typically unpaid). This course is required of all entrepreneurship majors and can be taken as a business or free elective for other majors throughout Fox (the course can also be taken multiple times by students). The course is designed to help students get the most out of either position-based or project-based internships. Position-based internships are functional are organized around a department or role of the intern. Project-based internships have a specific project and deliverable that will be completed during the period of the internship (typically 10 to 15 weeks).

Pre-Internship Procedures (for Students):

In order for you to benefit from this program and have a great internship experience, it is recommended that you start planning for your internship far in advance. Students cannot self-register for the course so it is important that you complete all registration procedures prior to the start of the semester (Note: the process of finding and getting approval for the internship can take a month or more – don’t leave things till the last minute).

  1. You need to develop an action plan that includes but not limited to the following:
    1. Goals for the internship (what do you hope to get out of this experience)
    2. What type of venture you would like to start?
    3. What industry are you interested in working in?
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to work on their own to identify a company that they would like to intern at.
    1. Start networking early. Attend business events so that you can meet successful entrepreneurs 
in the Philadelphia area who might be of interest to you. The Entrepreneurial Student Association (ESA) and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) provide events with wonderful opportunities for this networking.
    2. Conduct research on companies and the industry associated with your long term goal of starting a 
business venture. Narrow it down to top three and send out emails / letters of inquiry regarding an internship. Note: Sometimes it can give you a different perspective if you work in a different part of the industry you would like to start a venture in (e.g., if you want to open a restaurant you may learn a great deal working at a local food distributor / wholesaler).
  3. The IEI provides a limited number of internships each semester and in the summer
    1. If you cannot find a company for your internship the Instructor will work with you to find one.
    2. Students that would like to be matched up with an internship need to fill out this internship application form and provide a copy of their resume.
    3. This is a competitive process and you are more likely to be accepted into the best internship opportunities if you provide move information and show why you are better / different than other candidates.
  4. Once you have identified a company and secured an internship, you need to fill out an internship 
application so that it can be reviewed and approved by the instructor.
  5. If approved, your application will be forwarded to the SGM department so that you can be registered in the course.

Prerequisites:

  • You need to complete SGM 3501 prior to enrolling in SGM 3685.

Course Requirements:

This course involves a 100 hour onsite internship as well as in-class sessions, weekly assignments, and a final project. This format is designed to help you get the most out of your internship, however, as is the case with all classes–the more you put into the class / internship the more you will get out of it. If you have questions or would like a copy of the syllabus for the course please contact the course instructor listed below.

Contact Instructor:

Jane H. Frankel
Email: janehf@temple.edu
Tel: 215-813-4879

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