What is an internship?
An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or your career interest. It can be paid or unpaid and held during throughout the academic year. The College of Business has seven (7) majors, and they all have the opportunity to offer “Internships for Credit.” Student are not required to utilize internships as credit, but is encouraged.
What are the benefits of an internship?
An internship gives you the opportunity to:
- Gain valuable work experience before you graduate;
- Develop new skills and refine others;
- Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations;
- Reality-test tentative career choices;
- Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking;
- Experience new work environments;
- Earn money for tuition and expenses.
When should I start looking for an internship?
It is never too early to start looking, but be sure to give yourself time to adjust to the rigors of life at the UCF College of Business. Then, depending on your major, GPA and course load requirements, you may be ready to intern. Remember that your academic work is always your first priority.
Did you know the Employer Relations Team receives internship listings continually on Knightline, UCF College of Business’s exclusive job board? Begin your internship search at least the semester prior to your desired placement. When doing so, you’ll have time to respond to listed positions and initiate contacts on your own. Lead time can give you a competitive edge when it comes to composing an effective cover letter or tailoring your resume to a desired internship.
What if I am an international student?
Review the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) section and feel free to set up a meeting to speak with a UCF Global representative for more information.
Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Yes, although students are not required to utilize internships as credit, this is encouraged if you meet the minimum qualifications outlined in the All About Internships section.
How can I get a job or internship if I have no experience?
Employers value skills developed through academic work, volunteer experiences, extracurricular experiences or other experiences that demonstrate skills useful in work. Not all of these skills are job type specific; some of these skills are general, such as communication skills and analytical skills, and can transfer to different settings. Routine types of student jobs can demonstrate to employers that you have been a successful employee. Obtaining internships is another great way to bridge this gap.
If a job does require some very specific experience, you might consider finding a more routine position in a setting similar to where you would eventually like to hold a job with greater responsibilities.
What can I do to increase my chances of finding a job upon graduation?
In addition to looking at the job listings on Knightline, network with people who may have contact suggestions for you; approach employers of interest to you;put your best effort into writing your resume and be prepared to handle interview questions well. Consider being more flexible if you are having difficulty. For a summer position, could you consider other geographical areas? Would you be able to work part-time year-round since these positions are easier to find than summer only positions? Be sure to look at our Job Search information. Talk to one of our Employer Relations Team members if you need additional help with your job search. If a job does require some very specific experience, you might consider finding a LyndaCampus course to supplement your experience and add the certification to your LinkedIn and resume.
What are some benefits of internships and student work experience?
In addition to potential wages earned, student work and internship experience is valuable for exploring fields of work you may wish to enter after graduation. Experience develops new skills and strengthens existing skills. Work experience helps you establish professional contacts in a potential field of interest. You will be able to demonstrate work-setting accomplishments in your resume.
What if my question isn’t answered?
One of the most effective ways to get answers and plan for your internship search is to meet with an Employer Relations Team member in person. We offer 30-minute appointments. To make an appointment for general or career field-specific internship counseling, sign up through myKnight Star.