Internship FAQs

Explore the topics below to find answers to commonly asked questions about student internships.

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity for you to gain hands-on work experience related to your major or career interests. During an internship, you can have the chance to work alongside industry professionals in the real world, make connections with local community members, and potentially find a future employer.

What are the benefits of an internship?

Nearly all employers today expect applicants to have experience, and internships can help provide you with the necessary skills and tools to stand out among the competition. Internships allow you to learn, explore career options and grow professionally before you join the workforce.

Students who complete internships will also nearly double their chances of securing employment after graduation and earn a higher starting wage than applicants without an internship or field experience.

One of the other great perks? You can even gain college credit for internships!

How can I earn college credits for internship work?

Career Services is here to help you find an internship, but if you are completing one for credit, you need to work with your professor to ensure you will meet academic requirements.

We highly recommend that you look into your options and plan your academic schedule in advance. If you are interested in earning credit for an internship, please consult your program’s faculty internship coordinator for more information on how to begin the process.

Programs that Require an Internship

The following programs at USFSM require a for-credit internship to graduate:

Programs with Elective or Independent Study Internships

The following programs allow you to take a for-credit internship or independent study:

Co-Curricular Internship

Are you seeking an internship even if you won’t earn college credit?

Any student, regardless of their major, can take a co-curricular internship at any time. If you wish to complete a co-curricular internship, please review the Co-Curricular Internship Program information and contact Ben Heins (Internship Coordinator, Career Services) at heins@sar.usf.edu or (941) 359-4357.