Finding an Internship and Getting Experience

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Get the experience you need with an Internship.

What better way to learn about a prospective field or career than to do an internship? What better way is there to get some experience that will beef up a resume for that real job someday? Obviously, I am a big believer in internships. It allows students to learn, but it also helps them decide if that is actually the career for them. Internships help them figure out, while still in school, whether the career they envisioned for themselves all along may (or may not) be just what they wanted?  The question is how to find one.

I’m not going to lie….if you know someone, now might be the time to put the word out there that your student is looking. Internships, full or part-time, in just the right field, can be difficult to find. If it is possible, tell your student to offer to work for the semester or summer without pay. Their experience is their paycheck and can be worth far more when they are looking for a job after college. Don’t worry; many internships do pay.

UCF offers a service called Handshake where students can search for internships and jobs, sign up for events and interviews, and receive career counseling. In addition, they run various career and internship fairs throughout the school year. These are a great resource. Check out the next one on February 13, 2019, at 10 am in the Pegasus Ballroom.  Professional attire for these fairs is recommended.

There are also many websites that list potential internships. Internships.com, as most of the sites do, allows students to put in their city and field of choice and even whether or not they are looking for paid and/or unpaid internships. From there a proper cover letter and resume would be the next step. Occasionally a skype interview may be requested. Using sites like Indeed or SimplyHired may be worth a try, but spending a lot of time on these to simply hit the “apply” button and having their resume sent into a black hole generally doesn’t prove too successful as most of these positions get filled by students with a more personal connection.

UCF also partners with The Washington Center (TWC) for internships in Washington, DC.

Some websites, like Internmatch.com, allow students to sign up to get daily notifications for new postings about jobs that may be of interest to them. Glassdoor.com and YouTern.com are also useful websites to find an internship. FindSpark.com is better known for its more creative internships and entry-level jobs in NYC.

LinkedIn can be an excellent resource. Perhaps your student saw a position at a company they are interested in one of the above sites and then by scouring LinkedIn they can make a connection. To search for internship listings, be sure to have a detailed and updated LinkedIn page ready to go, then go to the jobs tab at the top of the page and put “internship” in the search box. Refine your search by filling in the boxes on the left side of the page.

Finally, many students are creating their own videos or websites to show off all they have done and are capable of. It can be better than a long portfolio that may exceed the amount of space for uploaded information. These are generally used for more majors like graphic design or advertising, and not finance. Websites can be created on Wix, GoDaddy, WordPress, and many others. Prices vary with many starting at $5/month.

Here are a few new internships we recently uncovered:

Valtech: This internship is looking for junior or senior-level college students to assist with research, correspondence, and some content production for their RETHINK Retail magazine and social media for their brand. The internship is 12-weeks and unpaid internship. Students must commit up to 20 hours per week and college credit is available. Students can pick their own schedule and be able to work from home. Students interested in applying must be studying communications, journalism, marketing or any other relevant fields. Submissions must be sent with a writing sample and resume to Kirah.bradley@valtech.com

Inside The Magic – This internship with Disney theme parks is looking for a student for their video editor internship. To apply, submit a reel or video clips to sean@insidethemagic.net.

DIA Sports Performance: This internship is searching for 1-2 undergraduate students to take on the role of the videographer(s). Contact Chad at chad.herring@Knights.ucf.edu if interested. Lockheed Martin: This internship is looking for a student for their part-time Communications Specialist role. The intern will work with the Talent and Organizational Capability team in driving participation for training and development. For more information.

DasFlow Athleisure Apparel – looking for an intern to apply for the social media internship. This involves publications on the industry, festivals, retail, etc. more information can be found here.

Matooki LLC: This internship will work with Healthcare Organizations and Human Resource Leaders to improve healthcare outcomes. The company is looking for

Graphic Design – printing materials, creating websites, and presentation enhancement

Resourceful use of technology – setting up customer management software, automating content distributions and outreach messaging.

Social Media Promotion

Identifying Conferences and other organizations. For more information. Interested please contact Rachel Scheinberg at rachel494@yahoo.com.

AceApplications: This internship is looking for a PAID Marketing & Inside Sales Representative. Interns will work with both Marketing and Inside Sales duties. For more information, students can log in to their Handshake account and search “Marketing & Inside Sales Representative Intern” in the Jobs section of Handshake.

Students are able to intern within the Legislative Scholars Program. They are looking for 20 students to intern in Tallahassee for the 2020 legislative session. This program is a scholarship/paid internship program. It includes a $3,000 scholarship and free housing! Students who are interdisciplinary studies, political science, public administration, criminal justice, or legal studies then this is a great opportunity. Students must email nassc@ucf.edu for more information. The deadline is September 15.

WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITY- Experiential Learning is hiring for a Student Assistant to support the job shadow program. This is a Federal Work Study position and students must be awarded work study (through their financial aid package). To apply:

Email a copy of your resume and work study award (2019-2020 school year) to vrhaniku.haynes@ucf.edu

Architecture Co-op –  Woolpert, Inc.

 Graphics and Animation Intern – Onsite in Tallahassee, Orlando, Gainesville offices or remote work option – Enfoglobe, LLC. 

Web Content Development InternEducation Guru LLC

Graphic Design Intern – BioSchwartz

Special Events Intern City of Longwood

Hospitality Ambassador Internship Fall 2019Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Front Office Operations Intern – Fall SemesterHilton Grand Vacations

Children’s Safety Village Internship – Marketing, Advertising & PR opportunity at Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida

Social Media & Digital Marketing Intern Fountainhead Commercial Capital

Digital Marketing Fall Internship Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando 

LSQ Copywriter/Editor Internship – LSQ Funding

J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Coordinator/Intern – Westgate Resorts

Graphic/Web Intern – Selah Freedom


Should your internship take you out of state, click here to learn about housing options.

Good to know…

A select number of majors at UCF are eligible to receive internship credits ranging from 1-6 credit hours per semester.  Students should speak to their advisor and fill out an internship form by their employer and academic advisor BEFORE the first week of the fall semester. The last day to submit these documents is August 22nd at 3:00 pm.

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