In addition to supporting businesses with recruitment services, we also offer our students opportunities to learn more about supply chain companies, network with industry professionals and enhance their résumés and interview skills with internships, honors programs and career-focused workshops and events. Our goal is to equip SCM students to be ready to take on the depth and breadth of any supply chain.
Supply Chain Management Internships
Undergraduate SCM students are required to seek out, apply for and obtain an internship or co-op in order to complete their degree. Haslam offers support to help students find the right opportunity for them.
To begin your search, make an appointment with Tyler Orr, SCM career coordinator, to learn about existing opportunities, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SCM students should also follow the checklist provided to learn about and prepare for internship opportunities.
- Meet with a Career Coach (schedule through Handshake) 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 find jobs, as well as allow employers to find you more easily based on your major, graduation date and interests.
- LinkedIn – this professional social media platform will enable you to find internships and network with supply chain and other business professionals, including UT Knoxville alumni.
- Join the student chapters of CSCMP, NeXxus, and/or SCAR and attend their meetings. These groups create opportunities for students to meet and learn from industry leaders and get hands-on learning in supply chain, operations and automation and robotics.
- CSCMP also has an online Career Center with job and internship opportunities available to members.
- Attend SCM Career Fairs. Find out about upcoming fairs on the GSCI recruitment page.
- Explore additional resources and insights on the UT Knoxville Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration webpage for supply chain management.
- For those interested in international internships, reach out to Haslam’s International Programs & Study Abroad Office at email@example.com, or visit Programs Abroad.
SCM Scholars of Distinction
An undergraduate honors program for top-performing supply chain management students across all academic years. While in the program, scholars receive individualized career development assistance and access to unique professional development and networking opportunities through various events and workshops specific to this program.
NeXxus: Connecting Women in Supply Chain
NeXxus: Connecting Women in Supply Chain is a student-led organization focused on networking, mentoring and empowering women in supply chain management.
Supply Chain Automation & Robotics (SCAR)
A student organization dedicated to building scaled components of a supply chain using robotics/automation, coding and applying supply chain principles like collaboration and data collection for process improvements. SCAR focuses on applied learning opportunities, including completing real-world projects with companies and organizing site visits to local operations and manufacturing facilities.
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Student Organization
UT hosts a student chapter of CSCMP, an international association focused on providing supply chain management professionals with career support through networking opportunities, information, research, educational workshops and conferences.
Haslam has many other student programs and organizations highly relevant to the supply chain field. Many students seek a global perspective through Global Leadership Scholars, study abroad opportunities, or by joining the International Business Club. Some students also join the Integrated Business and Engineering Program to enhance their understanding of engineering mindsets.
Employer of the Day (EOD)
Learn more about top hiring supply chain companies at the booth in the Haslam College of Business atrium. Find upcoming featured employers by going to the Events tab in Handshake and searching “Haslam Employer of the Day.” This will include information about both in-person and virtual (Zoom) opportunities.
This bi-yearly event gives students opportunities to attend interactive sessions alongside supply chain professionals and corporate executives giving them a unique opportunity to network with industry leaders. There will also be a speed networking event at the spring 2022 Supply Chain Forum for students. Contact Cole Burns for more information.
SC Summer Workshop
A summer workshop for rising seniors concentrated on preparing them for the workforce with tangible supply chain skills. Workshop topics vary, but in the past have included presentation and communication skills, résumé work with a career development professional and earning LinkedIn learning certifications in Ariba, SAP, Tableau, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, SQL, R, Python, C++, Ruby, Data Integration Specialist (Via AWS). If you are interested in participating, email Cole Burns.
Student organizations like CSCMP, Nexxus and SCAR host topical events throughout the year. Handshake also lists other upcoming employer events.
Job and Internship Fairs
Meet employers from across industries to learn about their companies and current opportunities for jobs and internships. Come ready with a résumé and an idea of the type of roles you’d like to learn more about.
This small career fair is open to all UT students interested in pursuing supply chain management roles. It is a unique opportunity to interact with supply chain companies and learn more about their organizations and opportunities.
Engineering/STEM Job and Internship Virtual Fair
In our evolving digital world stem and engineering students are needed in almost every industry. Learn about and meet directly with potential employers looking for engineering and STEM students to join their companies.
Meet with the hiring teams at 20+ supply chain companies looking for students to join their workforce. Previous companies that have attended include PepsiCo, Dell Technologies, Amazon, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Walmart Corporate, Eastman, Smith+Nephew, Tractor Supply Company, and Kimberly-Clark.
Business/Retail/Government Job and Internship Virtual Fair
Get facetime with some of the largest companies in the business, retail, and government space to share your résumé and get your professional questions answered.
By the Numbers
2021 average salary: $55,391
2021 average salary for Scholars of Distinction: $64,000
96% of 2020-2021 undergrads secured a full-time job or began a graduate program within 6 months of graduation.
Top 20 Employers Hiring Supply Chain Management Students 2020-2021
(ordered by most hires)
- Amazon.com, Inc.
- DHL Supply Chain
- J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
- PepsiCo/Frito Lay, Inc.
- Pilot Flying J
- Total Quality Logistics
- Axle Logistics
- Dell Technologies
- Smithfield Foods, Inc.
- General Motors
- Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
- Manhattan Associates
- Boeing Company
- International Paper
- Lockheed Martin
- Medline Industries
What Types of Roles Do SCM Majors Get When They Graduate?
- Operations Area Manager
- Transportation Analyst
- Material Group Leader
- Supply Chain Analyst
- Procurement Professional/Buyer
- IT Consultant
- Demand Planning – SC Leadership Development Program
- Corporate Strategy Analyst
- Rotational Development Program
- Merchandise Development/Solutions
All About SCM Internships
- SCM students who started at UT Knoxville in Fall 2021 and later are required to complete and report at least one internship or equivalent experience.
- Most SCM students at UTK complete 1-2 internships before graduation. We recommend completing at least two to set yourself up well for full-time opportunities.
- Internships occur primarily over the two summers between your sophomore and senior years.
- There are excellent options outside of the traditional summer internship, including co-ops (4-6 month opportunity that involves taking a semester off for great experience) or part-time internships (spanning anywhere from a few weeks to a few years while you go to school).
- SCM majors earn anywhere from $12-34/hr while on internships, with an average of $19.50/hr.
- You can look anywhere in the U.S. for opportunities – many companies will help cover housing expenses if you are required to move to the internship location.
What Types of Internships Do SCM Majors Complete?
- Operations/Fulfillment Internship with wine distillery and distributor
- Supply Chain Internship with healthcare purchasing company
- Area Manager Internship with Fortune 10 e-commerce company
- Operations Internship with third-party logistics company (3PL)
- Warehouse/Distribution Center Internship with sports equipment distributor
- Supply Chain Operations Internship with Fortune 10 retail corporation
- Supply Chain Internship with mid-size boat engineering and manufacturing company
- Supply Chain Internship with oil and gas company
- Supply Chain Internship with global leader in food distribution and marketing
- Import Operations Internship with customs brokerage
- Supply Chain, Warehousing, and Logistics Internship with auto manufacturing company
- Contract Administration Internship with Department of Defense support agency
- Logistics and Customer Service Co-op at consumer products manufacturing company
- Supply Chain Internship with aerospace company
- Supply Chain Internship with large food and beverage manufacturing company