DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
At the completion of the second and the third grades, there is a 20 working days (a total of 60 working days) summer internship requirement. The purpose of the summer internship is to provide the students with the opportunity to see the real-life applications of the theoretical knowledge they obtain at the university, and to provide an easier adaptation to the business environment in their careers after graduation. In the first half of the internship, the students are expected to work in two of the principal departments (finance, marketing and production) of the organization to become acquainted with these functions; whereas, in the second half of the internship, they are expected to specifically work in departments where the international aspects of the business take place. The intern student is obliged to make a direct contribution in the tasks given to him/her in the organization.
II. RULES, METHOD AND EVALUATION
1. In order to graduate from the Department of International Trade, every student should have completed the 20-day summer internship requirements at the end of both the sophomore and the junior years (in total, there should be 60 working days of internship).
2. The students who have not fulfilled their summer internship requirements are not allowed to register to the department again, even if they have successfully completed the number of course credits needed for graduation. These students are obliged to complete their internship requirements during the first semester following the completion of their course credits.
3. To start the internship, regular students should have completed four semesters and irregular students should have completed three semesters. According to this rule, in a case a student fails all his courses, he can start the internship at end of his third or forth semester that he has registered.
4. Students complete their internship in a three-step process:
(1) The application for internship and to start the internship according to the Internship Information Form approved by the Internship Committee.
· The organization for the internship is determined by the approval of the Department of International Trade. If the organization doesn’t satisfy the internship criteria; this internship will not be valid.
· Intern applications are made in spring semester.
· For insurance procedures, students must hand-in the Internship Information Forms to the Department of International Trade at least 15-20 days before the internship starts (If internship will be in July, third week of May; if internship will be in August, third week of June, at the latest.) The Department of International Trade gives the information of the internship organization for each student to the Accounting Office. Foreign students should learn their ID numbers from the Accounting Office.
· The insurance is only responsible for the work accidents during internship period.
· The internship can be performed in either Turkey or in a foreign country.
· The intern should not be a relative in the first degree of the owner of the organization of internship. In that case, the internship will be considered as void.
(2) Preparation of the Internship Notebook and the Submission of the Internship Notebook to the Department of the International Trade.
· By the end of the internship period, every student is obliged to prepare an internship notebook about the internship organization and activities. The Department of International Trade internship notebook is available in the attachment and should be completed in line with the format of the notebook.
· The internship notebook should include (1) a general report, (2) weekly summaries and (3) an evaluation.
Weekly Summaries: They should include the details, such as, date, job performed, and department worked-in. If necessary, the printed materials, such as forms and brochures, used during the activities of the job, can be added by explaining their usage. Useless repetitions should be avoided and all the jobs performed should be written in detail.
General Report: It covers theoretical and practical information about the activities of the job. This report should also describe the internship organization, the structure of the department worked-in, the management style, the responsibilities of the people in the department and their job descriptions. If present, the bibliography of the sources of this information is included.
Evaluation: Here, the intern judges the contribution of this internship to his/her education and the applicability of course material to the real world.
· The Intern Evaluation Form should be completed by the authorized person of the department in which the internship is conducted. The student should give this form - in an envelope sealed by the organization - to the department together with the Internship Booklet. The Internship Organization Evaluation Form is filled by the student in order to evaluate the organization; the student should give this form to the department directly. Finally, every page of the internship notebook should be sealed by the internship organization; moreover, the weekly summaries and the daily records should be approved and signed by the authorized person of the related department.
· Internship Notebook, a document showing how many days the student works (together with start and finish dates), and The Internship Organization Evaluation Form should be completed and handed in to the Department of International Trade on 30th of November, at the latest for summer internships. For winter internships, the deadline is the first week of April. There should not be at more than six months between the last day of the internship period and the day the internship notebook is submitted.
(3) The Evaluation of the Internship Notebook by the Internship Committee and Taking the Approval
· The evaluation of the internship rests on the internship notebook and the Intern Evaluation Form completed by the authorized person in the internship organization.
· The internship notebook is analyzed regarding its content, plan, and conformity with form. The internship commission can demand additional information material from the intern student if necessary.
· Internship grading is for no-credit, and is in the form of pass/fail (P\F), which is considered in the semester following the internship period.
They should learn their foreign ID numbers by the number in the first page of their residence certificates through the following web site:
Afterwards, they should go to the Director of Personnel Department with their foreign ID numbers and get their Social Security numbers.
Forms & Documents:
The Internship Information Form, Internship Notebook, The Intern Evaluation Form and The Internship Organization Evaluation Form of the Department of International Trade can be reached here.