Internships are a key part of experiential education because they allow students to apply in real-world situations what they are learning in the classroom. When hiring, employers today frequently look to see whether students have internship experience. Internships are so important for a student’s learning, FSC guarantees an internship to its incoming freshmen.

Katie Luecht PhotoThe FSC Career Center helps students connect with companies looking for temporary help while providing students with practical experience.

Students can also pursue internships through their academic departments, which frequently have connections to related industries. In the fall 2012 semester, more than 125 FSC students held internships for academic credit.

Meet Matt Geras

Matt Geras & Ron Paul Photo

Matt Geras shown with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, was given a Washington Center internship with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who represents South Florida. Among his duties were corresponding with constituents, guiding tours of the capitol, researching and writing about legislation, and editing the constituent database. He also has attended briefings and is taking a class taught by C-Span’s political editor, Steve Scully. After graduation, Matt hopes to earn his CPA license and eventually run for public office.

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Florida Southern has a partnership with The Washington Center, a highly respected educational organization that provides internships and seminars to college students.

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Here are just a few examples of some of the outstanding internships across the country Florida Southern students have completed.

Kianna Murphy

Kianna Murphy, Criminology and Sociology

Assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia, and she spent the first few weeks observing how the assistant attorneys and their paralegals prepare for their cases. Kianna hopes to go on to law school and become an Assistant U.S. Attorney herself.

Wesley Davis Jr.

Wesley Davis, Jr., Political Science

Received a summer internship this year with U.S. Rep. Bill Posey’s office in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included addressing constituent concerns, research legislation, writing correspondence, greeting visitors, and conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol Building. Wesley’s internship led to an election-season job with the College Republican National Committee, helping organize college Republican chapters in California.

Ryan Crilly

Ryan Crilly, Athletic Training

Interned with FSC Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Keith Berend ’92 at his renowned orthopedic medical practice at the New Albany Surgical Hospital in New Albany, Ohio.

Robbie Palmiotto

Robbie Palmiotto, Business Administration

Robbie was selected for the prestigious Robert R. and Peggy I. Sharp Fellowship in Business, which provides a $6,000 scholarship and a 150-hour internship with the AAA Auto Club South. Robbie was exposed to the three main aspects of AAA’s business — travel agency, insurance, and sales — and assisted in booking trips and helping auto travel customers with their itineraries. He previously interned with The Ruthvens, a warehouse leasing firm in Lakeland, and he said it was a great experience to see how different businesses are run. Robbie plans to work for a couple of years after graduation and then pursue an MBA.

Jasmine Childress

Jasmine Childress, Biology

Participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, studying the gray vireo, a threatened species of bird.

Sabab Osmani

Sabab Osmani, Business Administration

Sabab had a summer internship with Research In Motion, the company that makes the Blackberry, at their Product Development Center in Ft. Lauderdale. He was a Software Test Associate Intern and conducted suites of tests on the functions of the new Blackberry 10 and Playbook 2.1 platforms. The internship was highly technical, and Sabab says, “Technology has always been my passion.”

Alyssa Raiford

Alyssa Raiford, Business Administration

Interned in the Human Relations department of Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando, participating in several projects, including administration of annual employee surveys, managing the Hilton Grand Vacations Careers social media accounts, and drafting contracts between Hilton’s domestic vacation properties and local staffing agencies.

Adam Long

Adam Long, Athletic Training

Landed an internship with the Auburn University football program during their fall season. Adam says, “It’s our job to keep the players healthy and on the field, so it is the greatest feeling in the world knowing you did your job and got them to that point.”

Shem Opolot

Shem Opolot, Biology

Interned with FSC Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Keith Berend ’92 at his renowned orthopedic medical practice at the New Albany Surgical Hospital in New Albany, Ohio.

Laura Wichmann

Laura Wichmann, Communications

Interned for Dunkermotoren, a German company that manufactures a range of electric motors and gear drives, translating and producing manuals from German to English.

Matthew Cicanese

Matthew Cicanese, Environmental Studies

Matthew, a President’s Scholar at FSC, used his fabulous talent as a nature photographer to create a summer internship with the Duke University’s prestigious Lutzoni Laboratory. He was invited to join the laboratory team to prepare, photograph, and document lichen specimens in extreme close-ups. A few of his photographs (like the carnivorous pitcher plants) were also used on the website of Duke’s greenhouse, and eventually the photos will be published by the lab. Matthew hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in biology, specializing in the study of lichens.

Melissa Ziccardi

Melissa Ziccardi, Theater Arts

One of four wardrobe interns at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester, Va., last summer. She maintained and fixed costumes used during the shows and served as a dresser during the performances. She worked on four musicals over the summer, including Legally Blonde: The Musical, and was costume crew chief for one of the shows. After graduation, Melissa would like to build costumes for a professional theater.

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