Meet Your Program Champion
As you proceed through your second year in the Marketing track, you will meet Emory Serviss, your program champion and an accomplished marketing professional who previously served as Vice President and Retail Product Manager for Cadence Bank, an $8.3 billion bank headquartered in Birmingham, AL. A veteran market researcher and digital strategist, Mr. Serviss has extensive experience working at companies such as Copperwing Design, SouthTrust Bank, and at Birmingham’s PRADCO Outdoor Brands (an arm of EBSCO Industries).
This initial meeting with Mr. Serviss works to ensure that your prospective internship will align with your career goals and that the internship fulfills the ‘course requirements’ outlined by the Marketing major. In addition, you, along with your program champion, will collaborate and consult with the Academic Advising and the Office of Professional and Career Development to find the internship most meaningful to you. You will also be notified of other potential opportunities periodically throughout your stint at Harbert that will help you succeed while here on campus and upon graduation.
In order to complete an internship for course credit, you must first:
- Be a junior or senior Marketing major or minor with a 2.0 GPA or better
- Passed the course “Principles of Marketing” with a “C” or better
- Have completed
- Familiarizing yourself with the baseline syllabus for marketing internships
- The Student Information Form for internships
- A Request for a Marketing Internship form
You must also locate a potential internship, provide a written description of that internship from the potential employer or supervisor, and study the syllabus (paying special attention to the expectations, requirements, and deliverables) prior to making an appointment with Mr. Serviss.
- Make an appointment with Mr. Emory Serviss (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the potential internship. Remember to bring the completed forms (see above), internship description, and other materials to the meeting.
- Discuss the potential internship with Mr. Serviss. If he approves, an individual syllabus will be printed for you. A copy of the syllabus and the request for the marketing internship—with all signatures, including Mr. Serviss’—will be provided for your records. A copy will also be kept in the departmental office. The Marketing department office will register you for the course.
Please Note:The Department must approve an internship before it starts. It’s worth mentioning that some potential internships fail to comply with standards put forth by the Department. Internships should cultivate adequate skill development, help you obtain opportunities for future employment, or otherwise aid your long-term career goals, whether they are academic or professional.
More details are provided in the syllabus.