Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Business and Entrepreneurship > Department of Management and Marketing > Hands-On Learning
At FHSU, we don’t expect you to learn by just going to class, taking tests and completing assignments. Rather, learn by rolling up your sleeves and jumping in! Apply your classroom knowledge, gain real-world experience and build your resume so that when you graduate, you’re ready for the professional world.
While some degree programs, like Tourism and Hospitality Management, require an internship to graduate, completing a summer or semester-long internship is an excellent way for any student to learn more about potential careers. Interns are able to gain practical experience and network with industry professionals. Experiences like these will help prepare you for graduation and what lies ahead. Department of Management and Marketing faculty have strong industry contacts that will help you find the internship that is right for you.
Guidelines for Internship and Mentor Programs
Some classes get you into the business community, such as Customer Service Management course. In the spring of 2009 and 2010, the Customer Service & Relationship Management class completed a project where they were given power tools and then attempted to return those tools to the manufacturers. Through this process, students were given the opportunity to interact with a large company and apply what they learned in class. Customer Service Management students are not the only ones to participate in service learning; many of our faculty members develop projects that allow students to apply their knowledge in a practical sense, as well as leaving a positive imprint on the community.
The world is getting smaller every day, and particularly in the world of business, international experience goes a long way. Does a semester in England, a summer in China, or a year in France sounds appealing? How about a semester at an American university in another part of the country? The FHSU Study Abroad office can help you find a national or international exchange experience to help you broaden your horizons and build your resume.
Business Tours and Guest Speakers
Many courses in the Department of Management and Marketing allow the students to experience the ‘real world’ through other avenues. Whether it is taking the classroom to a local business or bringing the professional experience to you, students are given insight into career opportunities and learn how the business world actually works. Student organizations, like the Marketing Management Association, also offer students opportunities to experience the real world through annual trips to exciting cities for competition. These students compete in the International Career Development Conference through Collegiate DECA. Collegiate DECA participants have been to cities like Anaheim, Louisville, and Orlando.