Fieldwork in Management
The Fieldwork in Management is a dynamic partnership between a student, the UCR School of Business and an employer. The experience you gain from your fieldwork helps you to build your resume with MBA-level work experience and challenges you to apply knowledge gained from your MBA coursework.
Fieldwork in Management Application
This form is filled out by the student to apply for the Fieldwork in Management Program. Students who submit this form must also:
- Provide a detailed statement of the scope of duties to be performed during your fieldwork and a copy of the job description.
- Describe the academic knowledge and skills you have acquired in your MBA coursework that will be applied during this fieldwork.
- Provide a description of the research paper/project to be produced and submitted to your academic supervisor and the AGSM Career Development Center.
- Specify what type of regular interaction you will have with your academic supervisor during the fieldwork period.
The internship project should be comprised of meaningful responsibilities that challenge students to grow in their skill sets and produce tangible results. No more than 20% of an intern’s duties should be clerical.
- The length of an internship is a minimum of 120 hours of work over a period of at least 5 weeks. Most internships take place over a period of 8-12 weeks.
This form is only for international students working in paid fieldwork. It allows international students to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) if the work experience is an integral part of the degree program.
Fieldwork Project Outline
As part of the fieldwork project, you will be expected to complete a report detailing your project and research. The following guidelines will help you present a thorough report:
- The report should be a minimum of 10-20 pages. The title page should follow School of Business style guidelines. A sample is available here.
- The table of contents should list the major sections of your report, including appendices with page numbers.
- The executive summary outlines your fieldwork experience and how it relates to your academic learning. This section holds the major findings and implications of the project.
- The company profile should include relevant literature and information used to complete your research or project.
The description of the project/research conducted should include the following information:
- The overall purpose, objective, aim, goal, etc. of the report.
- An overview of the company (without divulging trade information).
- The importance of the project to the company, including the benefits of your recommendations and clear steps for implementation.
- All relevant documentation to support implementation, decision alternatives and their merits.
- The background/history of the situation, including organizational goals, structure and environment.
- The report should also feature recommended improvements.
The faculty advisor will provide guidelines for the substance and format of your paper.
Format for Final Paper
- Typeface — should be at least 10 point type.
- Margins — should be 1" on the top, bottom, left, and right margins.
- Spacing — use double spaces between lines for easier reading.
- Page number — should be clearly marked on appendices as well as body of report.
- Visual cues — (e.g. headings, bullets, underlines) should be used consistently throughout the paper for clarity of presentation.
- Charts and tables — should be clearly labeled on all axes, including names and units, with titles and any secondary sources cited below. Charts and tables should be strong elements of your story that break up the written page, creating interest and variety.
- Citations — data sources should be cited when mentioned. For example, if you state that "60% of all internet users are male," you must cite where the data came from and the date of the report.
- Spell check! — Avoid typographic and grammatical errors — they create a highly unprofessional document.
Submitting the Report
You must submit all of the following at the completion of your fieldwork:
- One copy of the final written product to the academic supervisor.
- One copy of the final written product to the director of career services.
- A one-page summary of your fieldwork experience.
The paper should be turned in by end of the quarter of completion.
This form is for employers to evaluate the performance of student interns during and after the fieldwork period.
Find a Faculty Advisor
A faculty advisor is required to oversee the work and deliverable items of each student's internship projects. See the list of faculty for available advisors.
International Student Information
International students with questions regarding internships and employment while in the US should visit the UCR International Student Resource Center.
Executive Mentor Network
The Executive Mentor Network (EMN) has been designed to engage graduate students with business professionals, who are either Junior, Mid-Level, or Senior Executives working in the private, public or non-profit sectors. The Mentor-Mentee partnership will enable first-year and second-year graduate business students to obtain coaching and guidance from their designated Mentor as they explore career opportunities during their academic studies at AGSM. Due to the limited number of Mentors available in the EMN, not all students will be matched to a Mentor.
Eligibility: The Executive Mentor Network will be open to all AGSM students who are in the MBA, Professional MBA, MPAc, and MFin programs and in good standing. The Mentor-Mentee partnership will involve various opportunities to engage with each other from January to March.
Please apply today to become a Mentee. Deadline to apply each year is November 1st.