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Weeklong event emphasizes value of internships

Jan 24, 2018

The College of Business has a weeklong slate of activities planned during Internship Emphasis Week, Feb. 12-16. Coordinators have designed the newly created program to encourage students to take advantage of one of many internship opportunities available to them through the college.

Internships provide students on-the-job training and networking opportunities with professionals in their fields before joining the workforce. Students learn about their strengths, interests, problem-solving skills and their ability to deal with clients and work under pressure. Many students also garner job offers from the companies they intern with.

These kinds of benefits prompted coordinators to put together a program that informs students about how to find the right employer, how to present themselves in the most professional manner, what employer expectations are, how to add value to employers and how to get the most out of the internship experience. 

While some majors at FSU require an internship, other majors encourage students to complete an internship as part of their education. This past summer, more than 420 students interned at 340 companies, earning academic credit along the way. Other students opted to participate in non-credit earning internships, while also gaining experience that enhances their resumes and builds their confidence. During the past school year, the college processed more than 600 internships for students across a variety of industries.

Throughout Internship Emphasis Week, students can connect with representatives from the college’s Internship & Career Services Office who can help them find an internship, provide qualification information, and walk students though the process of enrolling in the internship course for academic credit.

A highlight of the week will be a panel discussion featuring employers who will offer advice and answer questions on a myriad of internship-related topics. Some of the employers who will be participating in the panel include:

  • Heather Suber, director of Recruitment and Development, Northwestern Mutual
  • Sharon Gallagher, intern and ARU program manager, All Risks Ltd.
  • Christina Casey, senior human resource manager, Danfoss
  • Allison J. Harrell, shareholder, Assurance Services Department, Thomas, Howell, Ferguson

“Employers are interested in students who are well-prepared and present themselves in a professional manner,” said Kawana Johnson, director of the college’s Office of Internships and Career Services. “The value of internships cannot be overstated. Not only do students get to know professionals in their field, but they also become known to these same people. Students also have a chance to ‘test drive’ careers, and decide if they’re on the right path or if they need to change direction.” 

For employers who want to explore the benefits of participating in the College of Business internship program, information is available on our website. Visit the Employer Internship page under the Recruiter navigation button to learn how to hire College of Business interns for your company or contact Alex Massey, corporate relations coordinator, at amassey@business.fsu.edu. 

By Barbara Ash





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