Internship and Career Resources

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Supply Chain Management Internship Requirement

 

Four Step Process

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1

Find and Receive an Offer

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2

Complete Internship Approval Form

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3

Complete Internship

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4

Complete SCM 489

Undergraduate supply chain management majors must seek out, apply for, and obtain an internship or co-op to complete their degree. The Haslam College of Business offers support to help students find the right opportunity.

For extra guidance before you start your search, make an appointment with Tyler Orr, SCM career coordinator, by emailing scminternship@utk.edu. SCM students should also follow the checklist to learn about and prepare for internship opportunities.

  • Meet with SCM career staff to prepare your resume and other application materials, learn about internship search strategies and resources, and identify areas of interest.
  • Access Handshake. This database will help you schedule meetings with career staff and find jobs. It also allows employers to find you based on your major, graduation date, and interests.
  • Create a LinkedIn account. This professional networking platform will enable you to find internships and interact with supply chain and other business professionals, including UT Knoxville alums.
  • Join the Tennessee Association of Supply Chain (TASC) and/or Supply Chain Automation and Robotics (SCAR). These student groups create opportunities to meet with industry leaders, form closer relationships with faculty and classmates, and get critical hands-on learning experience.
  • Attend recruiting events like the SCM Career Expo and the Job and Internship Fair. 
  • Explore additional resources from UT’s Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration, including information on internships and co-ops.

Contact Haslam’s International Programs & Study Abroad Office or visit UT’s Programs Abroad for international opportunities.

Internship Spotlights

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“I spent three months learning directly from top industry-leading professionals, analyzing supply chain health, and developing my skill set in programs like Excel, Power BI, Snowflake, and Business Objects. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and highly recommend pursuing an internship with the same end-to-end supply chain experience.”

Gabrielle McEwen

Supply Chain Planning Intern, Tractor Supply Company

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“I could not have felt more welcomed throughout my summer with WestRock. I was able to work on meaningful, value-adding projects with teams that supported my curiosity and growth. Not only did they encourage my input and ideas, l felt like part of the team.”

Ella Uehling

Mill Procurement Operations Intern, WestRock

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“My time at Philips gave me unique insights into the end-to-end processes encompassing medical systems within the healthcare industry. The experience has reinforced the importance of an integrated supply chain and lean operations, which creates the ability to maximize best-in-class practices.”

Nicholas Cunningham

Order Management Specialist Intern, Philips

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“I’ve always been able to learn a lot from internships. This one was no different. I learned so many new skills, from personal relationships to querying languages. Seeing concepts from class in action is an incredible way to keep learning about the industry I’m entering. It makes these internships invaluable.”

Nicole Carvagno

Supply Network Operations Intern, Procter & Gamble

Fast Facts about SCM Internships

  • SCM majors who enrolled at UT Knoxville during the Fall 2021 semester or later must complete and report at least one internship or equivalent experience.
  • Most majors complete 1-2 internships. Completing at least two internships helps students prepare for full-time opportunities in the industry.
  • Internships typically occur during the summers before students’ junior and senior years. 
  • Beyond traditional summer internships, students can participate in co-ops (4-6 month opportunities that involve taking a semester off) or part-time internships during the academic year.
  • Median intern pay for majors is approximately $20/hour.
  • Students are encouraged to look throughout Tennessee and the United States for opportunities. Many companies will assist with housing expenses for students who must relocate for their position. The Haslam College of Business also offers a housing scholarship to a limited number of students yearly.

 

 

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Career Outcomes

By the Numbers

2022-2023 average salary: $61,795

2022-2023 average salary for Scholars of Distinction: $74,115

74% of 2022-2023 undergrads secured a full-time job or began a graduate program within 6 months of graduation.

 

 

Top 20 Employers Hiring SCM Graduates 2022–2023

(ordered by most hires)

  • PepsiCo/Frito-Lay
  • Axle Logistics
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Total Quality Logistics
  • Amazon
  • JEAR Logistics
  • Dell
  • GEODIS
  • Leidos
  • Clayton Homes
  • The Clorox Company
  • Dollar General Corporation
  • International Paper
  • Manhattan Associates
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Ryder System, Inc.
  • Bridgestone Americas
  • IBM
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Procter & Gamble

What Types of Roles do SCM Majors Get When They Graduate?

  • Area manager for Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Capacity sourcing analyst for Axle Logistics
  • Supply chain rotational program for Bridgestone Americas
  • Leadership development program for Chick-fil-A
  • Supply chain leadership development program for The Clorox Company
  • Project manager for Dell
  • Associate revenue analyst for FedEx
  • Business consultant for Genpact
  • Client portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs
  • Procurement specialist for IBM
  • Transportation analyst for Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Associate buyer for Leidos
  • Corporate supply chain analyst for PepsiCo/FritoLay, Inc.
  • Order management specialist for Philips
  • Logistics specialist for Pilot Flying J
  • Product specialist for Porsche
  • Digital capability leader for Procter & Gamble