Internships provide students with opportunities to practice career skills in a real-world employment setting and are content-based, skills development experiences that provide positive vocational training beneficial to all students. In many cases, undergraduate internship experiences lead to successful career outcomes and jumpstart many careers upon a student’s graduation. Many USF academic programs require one or more internships as a degree requirement; other academic programs offer optional internships for credit. Academically substantive in nature, internship experiences are integral to the integration and growth of academic skills and career competencies and can lead to future job opportunities with internship-sponsoring organizations. Internships may be on or off campus and paid or unpaid, as stipulated by the academic department and/or the internship site. A faculty supervisor, collaborating with an internship supervisor on site, will monitor and supervise student skills development together with the site-based internship supervisor. Internship evaluations are completed by students, site-based internship supervisors and faculty internship supervisors.
Once the student has selected and been accepted to an internship site (in partnership with their faculty advisor, internship supervisor and/or staff from the Academic and Career Development Center), the student must register for academic internship experience prior to participation. The Internship, Apprenticeship and Practicum Registration form on Form Central on MCC must be completed by the student and verified and approved by the student’s Faculty Advisor before the internship course will be added to the student’s course schedule.
USF Academic Advisors and the Academic & Career Development Center can answer questions about the process for registering for an internship and can help students with the internship search and registration process.