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Supervisor Kathleen and intern Nicki at ASG

Here’s what Kathleen Childs, owner of Administrative Solutions Group, HR and Payroll solutions in Dahlonega, GA said about her intern sponsorship experience:

“I am happy to report life here at ASG would not be the same without Nicki (Parham). She is a tremendous asset to our firm and has a VERY bright future ahead of her. I am honored to be a part of her ‘training’ for such a future. After observing her work habits and attention to detail, I have made Nicki my protégé… I look forward to learning of her accomplishments in future years as she takes on corporate America…and my goodness, will she ever!!”

In the Mike Cottrell College of Business, students are challenged to think critically, analyze data, evaluate business cases, and communicate effectively, all to prepare them to compete in today’s business world. Experiential learning through internship opportunities is emphasized, where our students apply and expand their academic learning in a real-world work experience. Through the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, students are connected with regional and international organizations for internships in various capacities. The internship program enables students to enter the business marketplace with real-world experience, ready to add immediate value to your organization.

How Do Internships Benefit Employers?


  • Create the opportunity to evaluate prospective employees and to recruit future employees.
  • Garner quality, motivated candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and short-term projects.
  • Function as flexible, cost-effective work force without long-term commitments.
  • Free up professional staff to pursue more creative projects.
  • Bring new and innovative ideas to an employer.
  • Strengthen the bond with the university, and the visibility of your organization is increased on campus.
  • Allow the employer the opportunity to have an impact on molding the lives of students.

Why Mike Cottrell College of Business Students?

  • Junior and senior business majors must complete 60 hours of coursework to be eligible for an internship placement. Our students major in Accounting, Computer Science Information Systems, Finance, Management, and Marketing, with specializations within their major fields of study.
  • Students are known individually by our faculty, who have a genuine interest in their success. Students are prepared for their internships both academically, and by strategic programming opportunities designed to help them develop professionally.
  • The Mike Cottrell College of Business is AACSB accredited. (AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.)
  • During their internship, student interns receive ongoing mentoring in professionalism and career-readiness by their faculty mentor and internship coordinator.

What Does Hosting an Intern from the Mike Cottrell College of Business Typically Look Like?

  • Internships span an academic semester (spring, summer, or fall).
  • Interns work an average of 10-20 hours per week.
  • Interns work with a specific company supervisor and allocated resources. 
  • Internships target a specific function that matches the company’s needs and the student’s academic focus.
  • Many internships work well when structured as a project with specified objectives.

What is the Commitment?

Experiences should have material relevancy to the academic discipline. Students should be expected to use a variety of skills and have an assigned on-site mentor. They should be given qual­ity experiences involving increasing responsibilities and learning opportunities to develop their skills as independent thinkers and to actively prepare for post-graduate opportunities.

What is the Process?

1.  Determine the need for an intern:

  • What duties will the intern fulfill?
  • What resources will be allocated to the intern?  (Paid or unpaid? Computer/work station?)
  • Who will supervise/mentor the intern?

 2.  Recruit your student intern

  • Have a student pre-selected
  • Recruit student
  • Placement of student by CFNG

 3.  Documentation:

  • Letter from company with details of duties
  • Site supervisor signs off on Student agreement
    • Details of job description, pay rate, start date

 4.  Student starts Internship

 5.  Determine if student has been successful

  • Performance Evaluation
  • Exit interview with CFNG

For more information on how to recruit interns, build strategic partnerships, or develop an internship program, contact Ruben Boling with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at 706-867-2505, or

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