In today's competitive job market you will need to give yourself a competitive edge. Getting some type of hands-on experience related to your program of study will help you to stand out from the other candidates. Work experience enables you to try out your career choice, gain valuable skills, and to put theory into practice. The reasons for getting some type of work experience include:
Deciding if this is the right job or career. Doing the work and being exposed to your career environment will help you with important career decisions.
Get Experience: Classroom knowledge and theory is important, but practical knowledge in an industry is what employers look for. Who would you hire if you were the employer: a recent graduate with little to no experience or one with three or four related work experiences on their resume?
Getting a Competitive Edge in the Job Market: The experience you gain will make you marketable to employers when you start your job search. You will have concrete examples of work experience to discuss during your interview. Almost every interview includes a question about your work history and work experience.
Networking Opportunities: Doing an internship significantly increases your networking opportunities by connecting you with professionals in your chosen field. They also allow you to develop references who can speak to your skills and accomplishments.
Develop your Resume and Your Confidence: Work experiences help you build a strong resume and present well in interviews. Experience is ultimately what sets successful candidates apart in the job search process. When you discuss your knowledge, skills and abilities, you will speak from experience.
Undergraduate: after the completion of 60 semester hours (transfer students must have one term at UNF)
Graduate: after one term at UNF
Undergraduate minimum: 2.5
Graduate minimum: 3.0
Quick Links:IDS 3949 Student ApplicationIDS 3949 Employer Agreement FormIDS 3949 Student Employer Assignment Verification IDS 3949 Employer Internship Application
If your academic program of study allows you free elective credit hours, you can gain experience by enrolling in the IDS 3949 Internship Course which is coordinated by Career Services:
College of Arts and Sciences IDS 3949 Experiential Studies in Liberal Artsv. 0-3 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the COAS Internship Program. Students will
participate in supervised work experiences related to their major field of study. Students
may repeat this course for credit, up to a total of six credit hours.
Undergraduate: Must be admitted as a degree seeking studentMust have at least 60 credit hours at the time you begin your internship assignmentMust have a declared major (officially accepted into college)*If a transfer student, must have at least one semester of completed course work at UNF Must have at least one semester remaining in program of study*
Must have at least a 2.5 UNF undergraduate GPA
Internship assignments and tasks must relate to major
Must declare a career goal related to major
Graduate:Must be admitted as a degree seeking studentMust be enrolled in courses at the time of co-op* Must declare a career goal related to majorMust have one semester remaining in program of study*Must have at least a 3.0 UNF Graduate GPA
*Consult the Internship Program Coordinator for specific requirements by
individual departments*Important Note: International students must consult with the International
Center for eligibility requirements
Course FormatThis class does not meet in the traditional classroom setting. Instead, the activities
of the class will take place on the job, according to a schedule agreed upon by you,
the employer, and the designated faculty representative of your department.
Course Blackboard Site: This course is accompanied and supported by a Blackboard website. Each student
officially enrolled in the course will have access to this site. It is extremely important
that you know how to access the Blackboard site and familiarize yourself with its
content. LOG IN to the Blackboard® site by accessing http://blackboard.unf.edu
If you have questions, please contact the ITS Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 620-HELP (4357).
You must complete the required hours based on the number of credits you have
registered for each semester. Please note: If you register for 0 credit hours you must
complete a minimum of 100 hours/semester.
To Receive You Must Work Minimum of
3 Credit Hours 300 hours/semester2 Credit Hours 225 hours/semester
1 Credit Hours 150 hours/semester
0 Credit Hours 100 hours/semester minimum
Is designedto track the total hours of work performed by you at their Co-op job site.
You must complete the required hours based on the number of credits you have
registered for each semester.
See the course syllabus (link) for due dates for all of your assignments. NOTE: You
MUST submit all your assignments by the specified deadline or you risk failing
your Co-op course.
GRADING SYSTEM: You will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
A passing grade (P) is assigned if you receive a satisfactory evaluation on the
Mid-Term and Final Evaluation Forms, complete the required hours for credit and
you return all completed assignments to the Coordinator by the established due dates.
A failing grade (F) is assigned when you do not submit written assignments, receive
an unsatisfactory employer evaluations, or prematurely terminate your work assignment
without consultation and agreement from both the Co-op Coordinator and the employer.
An incomplete grade (I) may be given under special circumstances, which must be
discussed and agreed upon with the Co-op Coordinator. This incomplete grade will
revert to a failing grade if the matter is not resolved in a timely manner.
College of Arts And Sciences Brooks College of Health
Structured, academic programs set up through Academic Departments where a student can earn academic credit if internship is required by the degree program.
Communication Internship ProgramPolitical Science and Public Administration- MPA Internship Program
Political Science and Public Administration InternshipsCriminal Justice Internship ProgramCenter for Community Initiatives Internship ProgramPhysics Internship Program
Coastal Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Communication Department- Links To Employer Partners/Internship Sites
Political Science and Public Administration-Internship Sites
List of Employers Who Posted Internships in Career Wings (PDF File)
List of Employers Who HIred UNF Interns:
Advanced Environmental Laboratories, Inc.American Lung AssociationAmtech Computer Services Anheuser-Busch, Inc.Bank of AmericaBaptist MedicalBellSouthBest Buddies JacksonvilleBlue Cross/Blue Shield of FloridaChildren’s Home Society, Buckner DivisionCitiStreetCity of JacksonvilleClear Channel CommunicationsCommunity HospiceCongressman Ander CrenshawCSX TransportationEnterprise Rent-A-CarFlorida Department of Children and Families Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionFlorida Department of TransportationFlorida Times Union Information Display Systems, Inc.Jacksonville Chamber of CommerceJacksonville Economic Development CommissionJacksonville Electric AuthorityJacksonville Humane SocietyJacksonville JaguarsJacksonville Transportation AuthorityJohn Hancock Financial ServicesMalivai Washington Kids Foundation
The Mandarin NewsMayo ClinicMental Health Association of N. E. Florida NAS Naval Air DepotNational Park ServiceNortheast Florida Regional Planning CouncilPGA TourPrudential Insurance CompanySea Star LineSt. Johns River Water ManagementSt. Luke’s HospitalState Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial CircuitThe Dalton AgencyTimucuan Ecological & Historic PreserveU.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Air StationU.S. Naturalization & Immigration ServicesUniversity of North Florida VistakonWachovia
Walt Disney WorldWater Recovery, Inc.Water’s Edge MagazineWinn-DixieWilliams Earth SciencesWJKS Channel 17WJXT Channel 4WTLV Channel 12
Social Psychology Network- Internship Resources
Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates To Federal Careers-Internships
Service Internships: Global Directory of Service Internships for College Students
Boston University Summer Study Internship Program- http://www.bu.edu/summer/internship-
http://www.globalplacement.com - interactive platform for international internships
BUNAC - United Kingdom internships-- Bunac provides help and support applying for a UK visa.
http://www.EcoTeer.com- Volunteering website that offers the chance to volunteer in over 50 different countries at ecolodges, conservation, schools, orphanages, and community development projects.
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