Students Seeking Internships
There are two types of internships in the Coggin College of Business: Academic and Non-Academic. For both types, it is the student's responsibility to find and secure their own internship.
Internships: Not For Academic Credit
Non-Academic internships are essentially the same experience as an academic internship but without the academic credit component. The internship timeline, pay and job requirements are all determined by the student and the employer.
Internships: For Academic Credit
Students may be able to receive academic credit for an internship that is directly related to their major. Each major has a different criteria for what is requested in order for the student to receive credit for the internship. Please read over the specific guidelines for your major (found below, within the "Majors Information" tab). With a few minor exceptions, all academic internships must be paid.
Dee Dee Wyckoff, M.Ed
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Spring 2019: Friday, January 11 by 3:00pm
Summer 2019 Term C ONLY: Tuesday, May 14 by 3:00pm
Internship or Part-Time Job?
Internships are usually formal programs within organizations whose primary purpose is to offer practical work experience. Internships improve resumes by giving students opportunities to gain professional skills and explore new industries. Would-be interns should evaluate internship programs carefully, to see if those programs offer the training they desire.
The main difference between an internship and a part-time job is that internships include specific learning objectives. In other words, a student is deliberately seeking new knowledge or skills in a particular industry. The internship ought to enhance one’s career objective.
If you have further questions about whether or not your position qualifies as an internship, please contact Dee Dee Wyckoff, Employer Relations Coordinator.
Please note if you do not meet any of the pre-req’s for your academic major internship, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with an academic advisor to determine if a Waiver of College Policy is applicable for your situation.
Please review the internship guide for your specific major. Please note the pay/compensation, supervised hours’ requirement, and learning objectives requirement for the internship.
The Career Management Center manages the internship application and approval process for the following majors: Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship minor, International Business, Management majors/minors, and Marketing major/minors.
Transportation and Logistics majors contact the chair of the Transportation and Logistics department to discuss the approval and registration process for the internship (TRA 4945).
Congratulations on securing an internship! Once the offer has been accepted, the Career Management Center must verify important details about the internship through the Employer Verification Letter. The Employer Verification Letter is different than an employer offer letter. A verification letter verifies key internship components which may not be contained in your offer letter. If you offer letter does not contain all of the information listed below, you must obtain a separate verification letter for your employer (on the company’s letterhead) confirming the details below:
- Dates of the Internship. Identify both a start date and an end date.
- Expected work hours. The employer MUST confirm you are working the required number of hours as indicated on your major’s internship guide (refer to the Major Information tab for individual guides). Request that the employer state how many hours you expect to work each week or confirm the total number of hours you will complete over the course of the internship.
- Internship Responsibilities. Request the employer provide details regarding your key responsibilities. What work does your employer anticipate you completing during the internship?
- Supervisor Contact Information. Letter should include your supervisor’s name, office address, email, and phone number.
Request company letterhead. The information outlined above should be provided on the company's letterhead.
To avoid enrollment delays and late registration fees ensure that each of the bullet points below have been reviewed and completed before completing an internship application.
- Academic Requirements. Review your respective Internship Guide to ensure that you meet the academic pre-requisites for your major/minor internship course (see Internship Criteria for Internship Guides). If you do not meet the academic pre-requisites, you will need to contact the Coggin College of Business Academic Advising office to determine if you can submit a Waiver of College Policy.
- Internship Dates vs. UNF Academic Dates. If your last day as an intern is after the last day of regular UNF classes (the Friday before finals week), you will need to speak with your supervisor to ensure that the necessary coursework is submitted by 11:59pm pm the last day of regular UNF classes. Review the course assignments and speak to your supervisor about the deadlines.
- Tuition, Fees, and Grades. ACG 4941, FIN 4941, GEB 3361, GEB 4942, MAN 4942, and MAR 4941 are 3 credit academic courses. Regular UNF tuition and fees are applied. Letter Grades (i.e. A, B, C, etc.) are not assigned to this course; it is a P/F (S/U) course. If your assignments are disorganized, lack quality content, are submitted late, and/or do not reflect college level thought and analysis, you could earn a ‘U’ grade and must retake the course. The academic internship course is a real course, so apply yourself.
Please read the following instructions carefully. Incomplete internship applications will not be reviewed for the designated term. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and the necessary documents are uploaded and attached to the application in Handshake or have been emailed to the Career Management Center.
To avoid an issues and frustration, have the following items ready and available before you begin the application process in Handshake:
- Internship Information: Company name, address (physical address including city/state), phone number, and Supervisor contact information (Name & Email).
- Employer Verification Letter
- Academic Verification Letter
- International Verification Letter (if applicable)
- Waiver of College Policy (if applicable)