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Aspire FAQ


  • Employers tell us most graduates are unprepared for professional careers. To address this need, Aspire starts with a special course, giving you direction to define your career and improve the personal, interpersonal, managerial, and technical skills most requested by employers.

     

    After passing the class with a B or better, Aspire students are invited to the Marketing Advisory Council (MAC) meetings (two per semester) and are eligible for case projects and internships.

  • Most likely not. Aspire is designed to use electives that qualify as part of the standard marketing major. Only three hours are used in Aspire. However, to be sure, check with your advisor.

  • There are no application or acceptance fees for the Aspire Initiative. Most of the funding comes from the Coggin College of Business and the Marketing Advisory Council

    There may be small costs ($20 to $30) for assessments during the required Aspire class, but that is the extent of the costs of either program option.

  • Since Aspire has no requirements beyond the class, once you are accepted and complete the three-hour class, you have met the requirements and other activities such as MAC meetings, case projects, service, and internships are available to you but are optional.

  • We’ve had several students who take four or five classes and work about 20 hours a week and still have been successful. Once you pass the Aspire class, all other activities are optional, and you can incorporate as many as your schedule allows.

     

  • You must be a marketing major, or dual major with marketing, or declare a marketing major on acceptance to Aspire, you must have passed (or about to pass the semester you apply) Principles of Marketing (MAR 3023 or equivalent) with a “B” or better. You also must have at least a 3.2 UNF GPA with at least 12 UNF hours to apply.

  • Yes. Aspire is closely linked with the MAC, UNF’s council representing area marketing employers. As an Aspire student, you’ll be invited to attend once you have passed the Aspire course with a B or better.

  • The optional internship is an approved, paid, professional marketing position (of at least 200 hours) designed to build your resume. Though an internship is not required, Aspire sets these standards to protect you from opportunist companies that lead students on about “internships” that really won’t help your career or resume. If you do an internship and sign up for the internship class, Aspire will approve the internship for you and notify the Career Center.

     

    While Aspire doesn’t guarantee an internship, having contact with MAC members (many of whom offer internships) and more awareness of your career goals help you focus on opportunities that meet your needs. Note: there is currently a Covid waiver allowing non-paid internships.

  • No. If the internship meets Aspire’s requirements, it can be done at any company in the world.

  • No. The only requirements are that the internship needs to be at least 200 hours (many students choose to do more), consist of professional marketing activities, and be paid (there is currently a Covid waiver allowing non-paid internships).

  • To build your skills and resume, and give back to the community, we encourage students to seek out marketing activities at not-for-profits. We also have relationships with several local not-for-profits, and there are several on the MAC who offer volunteer opportunities. Students often think 100 hours is a lot, but over the course of a year, it’s about two hours a week. Some students do it all in a few weeks during the summer.

     

    While service is an optional activity for Aspire students, this is a great way for you to build your resume and network.

  • International students at UNF are typically here on F-1 Visas, which allows you to work off campus after the first year if the work is related to your course of study. Aspire offers a designated three-credit internship class. This should meet the requirements to work under the F-1 Visa. However, your internship will be approved (or recommendation to adjust it for approval) by the “SEVIS Designated Official” in UNF’s International Center.

     

    US Government information is here:

    Student Visas

    Students and Employment