Internships are a crucial part of experiential education — giving you the exposure, training, and mentorship necessary for a successful career in a highly competitive job market.
Internships incorporate knowledge and theory from the classroom with practical application and employability skill development in a professional setting. Internships can be completed for academic credit or for experience. Additionally, internships may be paid or unpaid.
Experiential learning takes many forms so try not to get caught up in the job title. Whether it is called a co-op, internship, volunteer experience, professional observation opportunity, field study, research assistant, part-time job, or clinicals, many of these opportunities will provide comprable benefits and may qualify as an internship for academic credit.
To participate in an internship for academic credit, you must:
All information above is subject to change and represent minimum eligibility criteria. Certain departments have additional requirements beyond those listed above. Final eligibility is determined by your internship coordinator.
Find forms to report your internships, part-time jobs, volunteer experiences, etc.
We offer specialized guidance services for students pursuing a major, minor, or graduate program in the School of Business and Free Enterprise.
These services include individualized career and internship advising, internship and professional development courses, resume critique, mock interviews, career-related events, and networking opportunities. These services help students develop the critical skills that will prepare them for the workforce and/or graduate school.
This class is designed to prepare students for professional internships and employment opportunities through the development of essential career planning/management skills.
This is a required class for all majors within the Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. It is recommended that students complete this course before their first internship experience. Students may register within the Portal for either a fall or spring class session.
Undergraduate students in the Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise are required to complete an internship or research project for academic credit before graduation. Although students should strive to complete multiple internship experiences prior to graduation, not all internships must be completed for academic credit. Many students will participate in additional internship without enrolling in an internship course.
For those students who wish to enroll in an internship course, the following eligibility requirements apply:
Graduate students interested in receiving academic credit for an internship are encouraged to contact Kristen Fowler for additional information.
Kristen Fowler is the Career and Internship Coordinator for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. In this role, she manages the for-credit internship program for business students, provides career and internship coaching, teaches Professional Development courses, and collects and analyzes first destination data for business school graduates. Kristen has worked in higher education since 2012, and is an alumna of the University of Central Florida and the University of Oklahoma.
Some departments have a specialized internship coordinator while others may work with a variety of faculty in their department.
Lauren Albaum, firstname.lastname@example.org
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Bruce Anderson, email@example.com
Jeffrey Benatar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deah Quinlivan, email@example.com
Kristen Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Johnson, email@example.com
Malcolm Manners, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Risko, email@example.com
Judy Senzamici, firstname.lastname@example.org
Risdon Slate, email@example.com
Sara Terrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Trice, email@example.com
For all other programs, please contact Mary Crowe, firstname.lastname@example.org, or your faculty advisor for more information.