Beyond the Classroom

U N E Business Administration major Anna Pomerleau in front of a desk and W E X sign
Anna Pomerleau, a Business Administration major, interns at Wex, a national fleet card pioneer based in South Portland, Maine.

Internships

Internships are an essential part of the learning experience you enjoy in our Department of Business.

Business Administration

As a major in Business Administration, you complete at least one internship prior to graduation, and more are encouraged. Internships provide opportunities to apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to real world settings. You develop your skills as you interact with professionals in the field. Through this process, you build confidence, network in your field, explore career options, and gain the perspective to successfully transition into the workforce upon graduation.  

Internships for Business Administration majors are available with local companies, major industries, nonprofit organizations, government offices, newspapers and magazines, television stations, human resources departments, insurance agencies, banks, retail companies, and multinational corporations, among others. You might follow in the footsteps of UNE interns before you who have: learned the ins and outs of municipal administration while interning at Biddeford City Hall; faced the challenges of revitalizing a downtown business district with the Heart of Biddeford; learned to promote small business at the Saco-Biddeford Chamber of Commerce; gained valuable sales experience in the advertising office of UNE’s student newspaper, The Nor’easter News; and promoted educational theater through internships with UNE’s Add Verb Productions. You also have the option to propose your own internship back home over the summer, overseas, or during the semester in our local community.

As a Business Administration major, you receive guidance from the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office as you research, apply for, and complete internships that count for course credit. The semester before your intended internship, contact the CAS Internship Office for help preparing and getting started.

Sport Management

As a Sport and Recreation Management major, you fulfill a significant number of contact hours in experiential learning through one or more internships after your junior year. These experiences allow you to gain pre-professional experience in the field. You might research and analyze current trends in the industry, work to develop a marketing plan, participate in a fundraising campaign, coordinate and promote a special event, make a professional presentation, or provide a case study of a particular sport management discipline.

Many of the internship positions you find available as a Sport and Recreation Management major are based right on campus in the UNE Athletics Department. These include positions in the management, marketing, promotion and game-day operations of UNE’s 15 varsity teams, which play in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and ECAC East.

We also enjoy relationships with several professional teams in and around Portland, and the facilities they use. You might follow previous UNE Sport and Recreation Management majors into an internship position with the Maine Red Claws, Portland Pirates, Portland Sea Dogs, Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, USSA Major League Soccer or the Portland Ice Arena. Additionally, past students of ours have interned with the Dan Duquette Sports Academy, Cal Ripken, Jr.’s Ripken Baseball camp, and the Sugarloaf ski resort. We also work to staff more than a dozen local school departments and colleges with Sport and Recreation Management interns, so you find those sites available to you as well.

Global Opportunities

In an increasingly interconnected world, international experience can be an invaluable part of your education. Becoming familiar with another culture and developing the ability to work well with people from a broad range of backgrounds makes you a more well-rounded contributor to any company. As a Business student you enjoy opportunities to participate in a variety of different global learning experiences through UNE's robust Global Education Program. Two semester-long study abroad experiences in Tangier, Morocco and Seville, Spain offer humanities courses that fulfill your College of Arts and Sciences core requirements, and our partner university in Spain offers several unique business electives taught in English.

Other faculty-led short-term travel experiences are also available to you, including trips that allow you to complete your Citizenship requirement in countries such as Brazil and the Dominican Republic. To enroll in these courses, you must submit an application to the Global Education Program. You are encouraged to apply for a Global Education scholarship when applying to these courses.