Internships/Co-operative Education

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.  You can gain experience in a variety of ways including: full-time and part-time jobs, co-op (free elective experience program for credit administered by Career Services),  academic internships administered by academic departments, career internships, more informal experiences administered by an employer, volunteer experience, service learning, and class projects.  This page provides links to information for these options. 

Internship/Cooperative Education Course Information by UNF Colleges:


College of Arts And Sciences

 Brooks College of Health

College of Education and Human Services 

College of Computing Engineering and  Construction

Cooperative Education and Internships

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.

 

 

Comparison of Types of Work Experience
  Academic Internships Cooperative Education Career Internships
Definitions Students gain practical work experience relevant to major field of study over a period of one term. Students gain practical work experience relevant to major field of study over a period of multiple semesters. Students gain practical work experience relevant to major field of study or career goals, timeline determined by student and employer.
When to Apply Within the last year of their program of study*

Undergraduate: after the completion of 60 semester hours (transfer students must have one term at UNF)

 

Graduate: after one term at UNF

Anytime
GPA Eligibility Requirements Determined by each department

Undergraduate minimum: 2.5

 

Graduate minimum: 3.0

 

Determined by employer
Supervision Faculty and site supervisor Co-op coordinator and site supervisor Employer only
Grade Letter grade* Pass/Fail No grade
Academic Notation Shows on transcript Shows on transcript Not on transcript
Length One or more semesters One or more semesters No designated time frame
Total Hours Required Varies by department Varies by department Varies by employer
Work Schedule Flexible around classes Flexible around classes Flexible around classes
Compensation May or may not be paid Must be paid* May or may not be paid
For More Information Contact academic department for faculty internship coordinator Visit Career Services Visit Career Services

 

 

 

 

Other Work Experience Programs

Career Internships through Career Services
Non-structured, non-academic program.

College Work Study
A federally funded program where students are paid through UNF Financial Aid office and do not receive academic credit.

Volunteer
Non-academic, non paid programs available through the UNF Volunteer Center.

 

University of North Florida Academic Internships and Resources

Structured, academic programs set up through Academic Departments where a student can earn academic credit if internship is required by the degree program.

Coggin College of Business Internship Information Page
Coggin College of Business Accounting and Finance: Procedures and Criteria
Coggin College of Business Entrepreneurship Internship Guide
Coggin College of Business: International Business Internship Guide
Coggin College of Business: Management Internship Guide
Coggin College of Business: Marketing Internship Guide
Coggin College of Business: Transportation and Logistics Internship Guide
Journalism Club- Journalism Internships
UNF Honors and Scholars Internships
UNF Environmental Center Internships
Internship Opportunities in U.S. Government
Internship Opportunities in Washington, DC
Washington Center Internships
Community Based Apprenticeships and Internships
Department of Construction Management:  Internship Manual
Computing: Co-op Application Form:  
Engineering: Co-op Application Form:
 

Volunteer

 

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.

 

http://www.orangutanproject.com-  The Great Oranguan Project- volunteer organization working for better of our oranguatans and local people of Sarawak
 

Internships

NYC Internships- initiative of King's College in Manhatten, is designed to help graduate and college students find affordable and convenient housing during summer internships in New York City.
InternU-  professional services consulting firm bringing students into paid internship and professional mentoring program

http://www.jobsearchusa.org/jobs/entry-level-internships/internship

http://www.granted.com/jobs?q=internships&I=
http://internships.lazyzach.com
http://www.internships.com -
http://www.urbanemploy.com -
http://www.charleskochinstitute.org -  The program is designed to develop young professionals by giving them real, hands-on experience with a free-market public policy organization. The application deadline is August 1st, 2013; the internship will run from September 9th- December 6th, and pays $10/hour.
http://www.charleskochinstitute.org/liberty-at-work/  is a full-time job and professional education program for individuals who want to be advocates for economic freedom at the state level. The application deadline is May 1st, 2013; the program will run from July 29th, 2013 to May 9th, 2014. 

International Internships

 

http://www.globalplacement.com - interactive platform for international internships