Internships - Get On the Job Experience

Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.

internship defined

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE)

The benefits of an internship include:

  • Learning new skills
  • Applying your skills in the community
  • Discovering new areas of interest
  • Boosting your resume for graduate school or a career
  • Networking
  • Earning credit

Where have New College students interned? Some internship sites include:

  • Ringling Museum
  • Sarasota Ballet
  • ALSO Youth
  • Realize Bradenton
  • Florida Dept of Children and Families Legal Services
  • WSLR + Fogartyville
  • Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners
  • Florida Policy Institute
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • MOTE Marine Lab and Aquarium
  • FIS Global
  • Economic Development of Sarasota County
  • And more!

Student Resources

Step 1: Schedule an appointment on Handshake with a career coach in the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) to explore options and create an internship search plan (i.e. Internships General Info or Internship Searching);

Step 2: Utilize the CEO to create competitive application materials and prepare for upcoming interviews (i.e. Resume/CV Writing or Review, Cover Letter Writing or Review, Mock Interview Session, Job/Internship Offer Evaluation & Salary Negotiation, etc.);

Step 3: Meet with your Faculty Advisor to discuss the possibility of adding an internship to your contract if you wish to receive academic credit.

The CEO has a Job & Internship Searching Checklist to help you utilize several search strategies during your internship search. Meet with a career coach to learn more.

Step 1: Once you have secured an internship, submit your experience in Handshake to be approved by your internship site supervisor and faculty sponsor;
Instructions for Students

Step 2: Add the internship as a tutorial on your e-contract, select internship as the objective, and submit to the Office of the Registrar for approval.

There are two options to earn credit for your summer internship or REU experience either by transferring credit as a summer ISP to New College or cross-registering for an internship course at a Cross College Alliance institution.

Option 1: 
Submit the Summer Independent Study Description form to the Office of the Registrar at New College and follow the steps to report/register your internship detailed above. A Summer ISP can be fulfilled only through transferable credit from an accredited college or university, with completion at that host institution of 4 or more semester credit hours (or 6 or more quarter credit hours) with grade(s) of C or better (or the equivalent).

Option 2: Cross-register at a Cross College Alliance institution. One option includes the flexible, self-guided, online internship course provided by USFSM. Follow the steps to report your internship with New College in Handshake detailed above.

The NCF Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity has partnered with the Parker Dewey platform to offer a new resource for students to search and apply for short-term, paid, professional projects (many of them offered as remote). Build and demonstrate your skills while also exploring a variety of career paths and expanding your professional connections!

Create a FREE account to get started and read more here.

Employer & Internship Site Resources

The Cross College Alliance developed a checklist to help employers either build a new high-quality internship program or assess their current internship program and identify areas of growth. This checklist includes best practices for developing an internship position description, internship project(s) and deliverable(s), and supervision.

Employer Internship Program Checklist

With the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations are having to alter their mode of work to a remote or work-from-home scenario. Employers can use this list of resources to help in developing and managing a virtual internship program.

CEIA Best Practices for Remote Internships

Parker Dewey Remote Internships 101

CareerEdge offers a first-of-its-kind internship program that helps students obtain the necessary skills required to succeed in today’s work environment, and it offers them supplemental income while they are enrolled in higher education institutions or if they have recently graduated. In addition, the program provides financial incentives for local employers to utilize interns in high demand industries in order to meet their workforce needs.

Funding will be awarded through grants offered by CareerEdge for Sarasota Chamber members once the internship experience is approved, satisfactory and completed, all feedback forms have been received, and proof of wages are submitted.

The NCF Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity has partnered with the Parker Dewey platform to offer a new resource for our employer partners to recruit top-talent from New College by posting short-term, paid, professional projects. Expand your recruiting pool, improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts, and receive immediate help on projects!

Create a FREE account to get started and read more here.

Stand-Alone Internship:
Stand-alone internships can be offered directly from the organization and advertised through our career management platform, Handshake. For-credit internships (12 hrs/wk for a full unit or 6 hrs/wk for a half unit) would require approval and a midpoint and final evaluation of the student learning.

Independent Study Project:
An ISP is a month-long period during January where students can complete individual projects and some choose to pursue a short-term internship experience (approx. 40 hrs/wk). Faculty can also offer an ISP for a small group of students that can include a community-based project in partnership with an organization. If you have a project in mind, this would be the perfect time to work with one of our students or collaborate with a faculty member for a group ISP.

Micro-Internship:
Micro-internships are short-term (typically 5-40 hours of work total), paid, professional projects that you can promote through the Parker-Dewey Micro-Internship site. If you need some immediate help on a short-term project, offering a micro-internship is a great option.

Course-Integrated Internship:
For a course-integrated internship, you can partner with a faculty member to integrate a project into the course curriculum (typically 6 hrs/wk). We can help to connect you to faculty that have relevant courses or research.

Faculty Resources

Help Students Report and Register a For-Credit Internship:

Step 1: Once your student has secured an internship, they should submit the experience in Handshake to be approved by the internship site supervisor and you, as the faculty sponsor;
Instructions for Faculty Sponsors

Step 2: Add the internship as a tutorial on your student’s e-contract, select internship as the objective, and submit to the Office of the Registrar for approval.

If you are interested in integrating an internship component (typically 6 hrs/wk as part of a full unit) into your course, the CEO can help! We can connect you with relevant organizations and assist with course content to prepare students for their experiential learning. Reach out to Maddie Typmanick at mpheath@ncf.edu to schedule a consultation.

Read about how a first-year student landed a 2,200-word byline article as a part of their internship for the Writing with Communities and Nonprofits course.