Center for Professional Success

About

The Center for Professional Success (CPS) provides programs, learning experiences and activities that complement classroom learning. Business students have access to exclusive support and resources through the center to ensure they define and achieve their professional goals before and after graduation. Alumni and the business community help further build students’ professionalism and careers through participation in various networking events and opportunities.

The center’s faculty and staff educate, coach and connect students as they pursue meaningful careers during and after their time at Florida State University. Our vision is to equip business students to become lifelong learners, who effectively manage their careers and achieve their goals.


Our Partner

The Center for Professional Success seeks to connect students to the vast resources at FSU and the College of Business that facilitate students’ academic and professional success. We work closely with the following partner to develop course content and supplemental workshops, and to make individualized referrals that connect students to campus resources.

FSU Career Center

The FSU Career Center is Florida State University’s centralized career and employment services unit, serving all FSU undergraduates, graduate students and alumni. The FSU Career Center provides comprehensive career services at every stage of the career search such as ideation and planning, resume writing, the job search process, interviewing and among others. The CPS staff works closely with the FSU Career Center’s College of Business liaisons to help students make the most of the center’s expertise and available services.


Contact Us

  Hours
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Location
222 RBB


Faculty
Luke Hopkins Associate Lecturer and Director of the Center for Professional Success and James M. Seneff Honors Program
Sarah Withers Director of the Professional Development Program and Associate Director of the Center for Professional Success
Patricia Shubrick Associate Lecturer and Advisor
Engagement Staff
Marissa Mainwood (117A RBB) Director of Student Engagement
Alex Massey Director of Employer Engagement
Internship Staff
Sherry Pappas Academic Program Specialist for Internships
Professional Development Course Facilitators
Janille Burton-Bernard Course Facilitator and Advisor
Jessica Webber Course Facilitator and Advisor
FSU Career Center Partners
Cameron Hatcher FSU Career Center Liaison

Instruction and Professional Development Coaching

 

INSTRUCTION

GEB 1030: Introduction to Professional Development for Business Careers
GEB 1030 is a one-credit hour, letter-graded course that introduces students to essential topics in professional development, including self-assessment: career/life planning, networking, professional communication, conflict resolution, stress management, workplace etiquette and others. This course is required for all undergraduate students pursuing a major in the College of Business at FSU; it should be completed by the end of the student’s fifth semester. See a sample syllabus for GEB 1030.


COACHING

The Center for Professional Success offers individualized advising services to College of Business students at any stage in their professional journey. The center uses a coaching model that is action-oriented, student-led and co-creative. Our advising sessions emphasize accountability and follow through. Some common topics of discussion include:

  • What should I do with my life?
  • How do I find a job I like?
  • How do I make professional contacts?
  • How can I make myself attractive to future employers?
  • What resources exist at Florida State and the College of Business to help me succeed professionally?

Undergraduate students in the College of Business can make an appointment to meet with a professional development coach through Campus Connect. To access Campus Connect, log in to your FSU portal (my.fsu.edu) and click on the CC icon. In Campus Connect, click on the blue "Get Advising" button and choose: Special Programs COB Center for Professional Success. Follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

If you are a graduate student in the College of Business and would like to meet with a professional development coach, please email CPS@business.fsu.edu to request an appointment.

To allow us to best prepare for your advising appointment, please take a moment to complete this short survey about your academic and professional interests.


WORKSHOPS

Level Up Series
Take your professional development to the next level by engaging in conversation with our professional development advisors, employers and guest speakers who will help you refine your soft skills and find your competitive edge!

Fall 2021 Dates

Oct. 6 - Level Up Workshop: Networking
Nov. 9 - Level Up Workshop: Public Speaking & Presentation
To learn more, please email CPS@business.fsu.edu

Internships

 

Virtual Internship Information For Students  



Student Internship Benefits

  • Combine knowledge gained in the classroom with practical skills used in the workforce
  • Obtain skills and knowledge that transfer across the industry to other employment settings
  • Reach clearly defined goals and objectives that relate your professional development
  • Supervision and feedback by a professional with expertise in the field of experience
  • Explore whether or not your chosen career path satisfies your particular needs, expectations and goals
  • Provide opportunity to apply interpersonal/communication skills and learn more about yourself in a work setting
  • Possess a new sense of motivation and maturity relative to your academic studies upon returning to school
  • Develop a network of professional contacts that includes both company, staff and other interns

How to Find an Internship

The Internship Program’s office sends College of Business students an electronic newsletter every Tuesday with new internship opportunities and other important career-related information. Make sure this information is not going to your spam/clutter folder and be sure to review carefully. If you are a business major, but have not received the newsletter, please email internships@business.fsu.edu. We will verify your status and add you to the distribution list. New opportunities are posted in the newsletter and on the internship bulletin board outside our office (RBB 329) every week.

The COB Job Board will allow you to search a growing list of internships, part time jobs, and full-time opportunities.

SeminoleLink powered by Handshake is the Career Center’s online system that you can use to make a lasting impression, gain experience, and conquer your future! Every FSU student has a SeminoleLink account. All you must do is log into your account, make any necessary updates, and start your search.


Identifying & Reporting Fraudulent Opportunities

The College of Business makes no recommendation regarding employers and makes every effort to promote legitimate job opportunities. While the College works diligently to monitor jobs, occasionally postings may occur that are fraudulent. Use extreme caution if you see something that looks suspicious.

Here are some good tips to identify a job that is probably a scam:

  • You must give your credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents - but you get nothing in writing.
  • You must send payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check.

If you view a job posting on one of our platforms that matches these characteristics, please contact the Internships & Career Services Office at 850-644-8295 or internships@business.fsu.edu.


Additional Resources for Your Internship Search

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Internship & Job Search Engines

Career Tools and Resources

  • CNN Money - 100 Best Companies to work for
  • Hoovers - Newsgroups for your career area and information on companies
  • Guide Star - Database of nonprofit organizations

International Internships & Jobs


Internship Guidelines and Requirements

The Florida State College of Business Internship Program is designed for students who are registered for an internship course and have paid the applicable tuition. Eligible students will be able to enroll in the internship course after successfully obtaining an internship and completing the internship application process. Credit will NOT be given for past internships (students must take the internship course concurrently with the internship). Students are eligible for up to three (3) credit hours toward their degree or their major as noted in the chart below. International internships are eligible for up to six (6) credit hours. Internship courses cannot be repeated. The only exception is GEB 4941. This is a variable credit hour course that can be taken for up to 6 credit hours.

All COB internship courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, the course will not affect your GPA, but will provide credit hours based on your enrollment. Each department and/or major varies with respect to the prerequisite requirements for the internship course. All internships must initially be approved by the internships and career services office or an academic department before being considered for academic credit. Students must work a minimum of 150 hours during the term. As mentioned earlier, GEB 4941 is the only variable credit hour internship course offered by the College of Business. It can be taken for 0 – 6 credit hours. Therefore, the work hour requirement will depend on the credit hours you select (see details in chart below). Students seeking 6 credit hours for one internship can do so by requesting enrollment in GEB 4941 for 6 credit hours or by requesting enrollment in two 3-credit hour internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 & GEB 4941). To learn more click here.

Swapping, Dropping, or Modifying Internship Course Enrollment After Drop/Add:
Internship courses cannot be swapped, dropped, or modified after drop/add. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the internship guidelines carefully prior to submitting your application in order to determine which course will meet your academic needs. Be reminded that each internship course has its own set of guidelines and requirements (e.g. some count as elective credit toward your major while other’s only count as general elective credit toward graduation hours). Therefore, please read the guidelines carefully and ask questions if you are unsure. The internship and career services office can clarify any questions you may have related to internship course enrollment; however, your academic advisor will be better able to inform you of other courses you will need in order to graduate, etc.

Note that penalties and fees set forth by the university may apply for swapping, dropping, or modifying an internship course after drop/add. Dean’s office approval may also be required for any course modification requested after drop/add.

**Once you have secured an internship and have read over the guidelines below, you must complete the the internship application process to apply for academic course credit.**

Formative Experience: All College of Business internship courses have been approved as a Liberal Studies Formative Experience and is thus designed to help you use and develop knowledge by engaging in a hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Formative Experiences provide an alternative way to fulfill one of the two required Scholarship in Practice courses. Students can meet one SIP requirement by completing a Formative Experience course. In order to fulfill the Formative Experiences requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better or an “S” in the course if taken on an “S/U” basis.


Individual Department Requirements for Internship Course Enrollment

Major Course # Requirements

Accounting

ACG 4941

  •  Students must have completed ACG 4632 (Auditing Theory and Application I) and Tax 4001 (Federal Tax Accounting I). 
  • Accounting internships do not count as elective credit within the Accounting major. They do, however, count toward the 30 hours of accounting required by the State of Florida for CPA licensure. 
  • All Accounting internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course.

Finance

FIN 4941

  •  Students must have completed FIN 3403 (Financial Management of the Firms) and FIN 3244 (Financial Markets, Institutions, and Intl. Finance Systems).
  • Finance internships do not count as elective credit within the Finance major. They do, however, count as general elective credit toward the 120 hours required for the degree. 
  • All Finance internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course. 

**General Business

GEB 4941

  • There are no course prerequisites for the General Business Internship course. 
  • General Business internships do not count as elective credit within a business major. They do, however, count as general elective credit toward hours required to graduate.
  • The General Business internship can be taken for variable credit (0-6) and is overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course. To receive your desired credit hours, you must meet the following work requirements:

    Credit Hours

    Minimum Work Hours

    0

    60 or more

    1

    90 or more

    2

    120 or more

    3

    150 or more

    4

    180 or more

    5

    210 or more

    6

    240 or more

  • This course can be taken by any student with a verified business related internship.

Graduate Business Internship

GEB 5944

  • There are no course prerequisites for the Graduate Business Internship. 
  • Students must be formally admitted to a graduate business program to receive up to 3 credit hours for an internship.

  • Special permission from your academic department may be required for some graduate programs. If unsure after reading the information below, contact the internship office at internships@business.fsu.edu or 850-644-8495.

MBA Guidelines

  • MBA internships count as elective credit within the MBA major.
  • Students may count only three (3) credit hours from internship toward completion of the MBA degree. 

  • The MBA Program Director will review all MBA internship applications to determine if the internship is substantive and worthy of approval.

  • The Internship Program’s Office will notify students of the decision and next steps, if applicable.

MAcc Guidelines

  • MAcc internships count only as non-accounting electives toward the MAcc degree.
  • Students may count up to six (6) credit hours from internship toward completion of the MAcc degree (e.g. Participate in two separate internships over the course of two semesters for 3 credit hours each or continue with the same internship into an additional semester for 3 credits each term.)
  • The Accounting department will review all MAcc internship requests to determine if the internship is substantive and eligible for approval. 
  • The Internship Program’s Office will notify students of the Accounting Department’s decision and next steps, if applicable.

All Graduate Business Internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through an online Canvas course.
 

Management

MAN 4941

  • Students must have completed 6 credit hours of Management, HR, or general business core courses including Organizational Behavior (MAN 3240). 
  • Management internships count as elective credit within the Management and HR majors. 
  • All Management internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course.

Management Information Systems

ISM 4941

  •  Students must have successfully completed ISM 4212 (Information for Operating Control and Data Management) prior to enrolling in the MIS internship course. 
  • MIS internships count as elective credit within the Management Information Systems majors. 
  • MIS internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course.

Marketing & Professional Sales

MAR 4941

  • Students must have completed 6 credit hours of Marketing/Sales courses. Those courses must include Basic Marketing Concepts (MAR 3023) and at least one other 3 credit hour general business core requirement course for sales/marketing majors. In addition, Professional Sales Majors must also have completed MAR 3400 (Professional Selling).
  • This course counts as elective credit within the Marketing major. It is a required course for students majoring in Professional Sales.  
  • All Marketing and Professional Sales internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course.

Real Estate

REE 4941

  • There are no course prerequisites for a Real Estate internship. 
  • Real Estate internships do not count as elective credit within the Real Estate major. They do, however, count as general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree.
  • Real Estate internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office.

Risk Management/Insurance

RMI 4941


How to Apply for Academic Internship Credit

Once you have secured an internship, you MUST receive approval from the COB Internship & Career Services Office before you can enroll in an internship course. Application instructions are listed below.

  1. Go to the Internship Guidelines and Requirements and read the information carefully to make sure you qualify for the course(s) you’d like to enroll. If you are interning abroad or are an international student, please make sure you read the additional guidelines outlined at the links provided.
  2. Complete the Internship Course Request and Agreement Form. As you complete, please read the information carefully to ensure that you select the appropriate options. Additional details concerning credit hours, financial aid, late registration, and course content/grading can be found at the links provided.

Once you submit your application, your supervisor will automatically receive an email that includes a link to our employer confirmation form. Therefore, it is imperative that you include the correct email address in your application to prevent delays in processing. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have not received follow-up from our office within a week. If the confirmation email needs to be resent to your supervisor, just let us know. If approved, you will be given appropriate instructions on how to enroll in your requested internship course(s).

Questions can be directed to internships@business.fsu.edu or 850-644-8495.

Disney College Program Internship
***Students requesting academic credit for an internship with the Disney College Program will only be eligible to request enrollment in the General Business Internship Course – GEB 4941.

Swapping, Dropping, or Modifying Internship Course Enrollment After Drop/Add
Internship courses cannot be swapped, dropped, or modified after drop/add. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the internship guidelines carefully prior to submitting your application in order to determine which course will meet your academic needs. Be reminded that each internship course has its own set of guidelines and requirements (e.g. some count as elective credit toward your major while other’s only count as general elective credit toward graduation hours). Therefore, please read the guidelines carefully and ask questions if you are unsure. The internship and career services office can clarify any questions you may have related to internship course enrollment; however, your academic advisor will be better able to inform you of classes you will need to take in order to graduate and etc.

Note that penalties and fees set forth by the university may apply for swapping, dropping, or modifying an internship course after drop/add. Dean’s office approval may also be required for any course modification requested after drop/add.

Interning Abroad
In accordance with the FSU policy for international experiences, all FSU students interning abroad must register with the appropriate office if:

  • You are using FSU funds, money, or scholarships
  • The experience is facilitated by an FSU faculty or staff member
  • You are receiving academic credit to be used toward research/fieldwork for your area of study, or to fulfill a degree requirement

Independent interns (students who have secured an international internship experience on their own) and students that have secured an international experience through the International Programs Office should register with the International Program’s Office in addition to the COB internship office. To learn more about this process, contact the international internship coordinator at IP-intern@fsu.edu and visit the following site before completing the College of Business internship application process. Failure to register with the FSU International Program’s Office at least 60 days prior to the start of your internship could result in late registration and penalty fees. Note that six (6) credit hours are required if the experience was obtained through the International Programs Office. Three credit hours are acceptable if the internship was secured independently.

In some cases, registration with the university travel office will be sufficient if you are not receiving academic credit. Check with the College of Business Internships and Career Services Office for further clarification and direction.

International Student Interns

  • International business students that secure an internship in the United States are required to complete a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application through the Center for Global Engagement. Details about this process can be found here. Note that our office will not be able to complete your CPT advisor form until you have completed the application process outlined by the College of Business.
  • International business students that are interning in another country (other than the home country) will need to register with the International Programs Office.
  • If you are an international student interning back in your home country and do not need/want the following:
    • to use FSU funds, money, or scholarships
    • the experience to be facilitated by an FSU faculty or staff member
    • to receive academic credit, to be used toward research/fieldwork for your area of study, or to fulfill a degree requirement
  • Then you are not required to register the experience with FSU. Otherwise, you should register with the FSU Travel Office and/or International Programs as mentioned above. Check with the Internships & Career Services Office to discuss your specific situation so that the appropriate referral can be made.

As always, please check with your International Advisor to stay abreast of your requirements. They are subject to change.

Credit Hours
Internship courses offered through the College of Business generally provide up to 3 credit hours for at least 150 hours of work. If your internship experience will last more than 240 hours, you may qualify to receive up to 6 credits. To do so, you must meet course prerequisites and your employer’s confirmation must verify the hours and duties as they relate to your major and the course(s) you requested. To achieve this, you can opt to apply for 6 credit hours of GEB 4941 or apply for enrollment in two internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 and GEB 4941). Once you begin the application process, you will be able to select the course(s) that you desire to enroll. Note that internship courses in the College of Business CANNOT be repeated.

Financial Aid, Tuition and Fees
Internship Courses are official, online FSU academic courses. Therefore, you will be required to pay the tuition and fees associated with your course enrollment. Tuition and fees are set by the university so you should check with the financial aid office to determine the specific amount that you will be assessed for your enrollment in your respective internship course(s). You will be required to pay for EACH credit hour in which you enroll. Internship courses are administered online; therefore, you will also be responsible for the additional online fees.
To avoid late registration fees, we encourage you to apply for your internship course(s) during your regular registration period and prior to the end of drop/add. Although we can perform a late course add, in certain circumstances, our office is not able to guarantee that you will not be assessed a late fee by the university. Therefore, it is to your advantage to apply and register early.

If you are enrolled in other FSU courses during the semester of your internship, you do not need credits, and you would like to have your internship documented (e.g. recognized/notated) on your official transcript, you may elect to enroll in GEB 4941 for zero “0” credit hours. However, students enrolling in a 0-credit hour internship as their only course during the semester will be charged tuition and fees for 1 credit hour. The zero-credit hour enrollment is also a good option for students that do not need credits but have been required by their internship organization to be enrolled at the university during the internship period in order to participate in the experience. Please check with the financial aid office for official financial aid rules and details – financialaid.fsu.edu or ofacs@admin.fsu.edu.

The GEB 4941 course is the only variable credit hour internship course offered by the College of Business. If the GEB 4941 course is taken for 0-credit hours, for whatever reason, note that the student would still be enrolled in an online course and be required to complete a modified set of course assignments to receive the satisfactory (S) grade.

Registration Deadline/Late Registration
We recommend that you apply and register for an internship course during the regular registration period prior to the semester you will be participating in an internship. If necessary, our office can also enroll you in an internship course during the week of drop/add for the semester you are interning. Late adds can be performed up to the 3rd week of each semester. Late registrations could result in a late registration fee.

Course Content & Grading
Internship courses are official FSU courses that include a syllabus and course assignments. We understand that your internship is the primary focus of your enrollment; however, the course is a supplement to your work and provides an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on your experience throughout the term. Assignments include, but are not limited to, learning objectives, evaluations, discussion board assignments, and quizzes. Internship courses administered through the COB Internship and Career services office are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) and provide the student with credit hours. The following undergraduate internship courses count as electives toward the major: MAN 4941, MAR 4941, and ISM 4941. All other undergraduate internship courses count as general elective credit toward graduation hours.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What classifies as an Internship?
An internship is a structure experience that:

  • Relates to a student's major and/or career goal
  • Enhances a student's academic, career, and personal development
  • Is supervised by a professional in the field
  • Can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length
  • Is Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time
  • Is mutually agreed upon by the student, supervisor and/or faculty member
  • Meets registration requirements for 0 credit hour or academic internship course

What is the deadline for me to apply for academic internship credit through the College of Business?
The internship application deadline date is the last day of drop/add for each term. Late adds will be considered through the 3rd week of each semester. Late fees may apply. During the summer, internship courses are only offered during Summer Sessions A & C.

What if my internship doesn't specifically relate to my major? Can I still earn credit?
Yes, students are eligible to receive general elective credit through enrollment in our GEB 4941 – Business Internship course. This course has no course pre-requisites and only requires that you secure a business-related internship.

Does the College of Business give credit to students minoring in business?
Yes, the GEB 4941 (General Business Internship) course applies to business minors and students not formally admitted to the college. Course enrollment requires that the student have a business-related internship.

Is credit offered for an internship that I completed in the past?
No, the internship course must be taken concurrently with the internship. The College of Business does not provide retroactive internship credit.

Is academic credit required for all internships?
No, internship credit can be taken as an elective if the student chooses. Please check with your academic department and/or advisor to determine if an internship is required for your major. Undergraduates can also opt to take a 0-credit hour internship course (GEB 4941) and have the internship appear on their permanent transcript (e.g. transcript notation/recognition). Students enrolled in other coursework during the same semester may enroll in a 0-credit hour internship with no additional tuition or fees. Students enrolling in a 0-credit hour internship as their only course during the semester will be charged tuition and fees for one (1) credit hour. Students are encouraged to check with financial aid on any updates and/or changes that may occur in this regard.

Can I receive credit for a paid internship?
Yes, students may receive credit for paid or unpaid internship experiences.

Can I receive credit for multiple internships?
Yes! Undergraduate students are limited to receiving no more than 9 internship credits from the College of Business during their FSU academic career. Graduate students are limited to receiving no more than 3 internship credits from the College of Business during their graduate program.

Can I receive 6 credit hours for one internship?
It depends. Internship courses offered through the College of Business generally provide up to 3 credit hours for at least 150 hours of work. If your internship experience will last more than 240 hours, you may qualify to receive up to 6 credits. To do so, you must meet course prerequisites and your employer’s confirmation must verify the hours and duties as they relate to your major and the course(s) you requested. To achieve this, some students may opt to apply for 6 credit hours of GEB 4941 or apply for enrollment in two internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 and GEB 4941). Once you begin the application process, you will be able to select the course(s) that you desire to enroll. Note that internship courses in the College of Business CANNOT be repeated. Once you fulfil the credit hour limit provided by a course, that course cannot be repeated. To learn more click here.

Will my undergraduate internship course enrollment count toward my major or as elective credit toward graduation hours?
The following undergraduate internship courses count as electives within the major: MAN 4941, MAR 4941, and ISM 4941. All other undergraduate internship courses count as general elective credit toward graduation hours.

Is there a variable credit internship course offered by the College of Business?
Yes! The GEB 4941 – Business internship course is variable credit and can be taken for 0 – 6 hours. See chart below.

Credit Hours Minimum Work Hours
0 60 or more
1 90 or more
2 120 or more
3 150 or more
4 180 or more
5 210 or more
6 240 or more

Internship Programs Office Policies and Procedures

Please make sure to review our Internship Programs Office Policies and Procedures for students.

Student Engagement & Networking

 

For more information on these programs, please email engage@business.fsu.edu.


Business Mentoring Program

The Business Mentoring Program connects students to successful College of Business alumni and friends. Students and mentors interact under this structured program for one semester, during which they communicate at least 30 minutes a week. Mentors provide encouragement and insight on career development, personal growth and challenges in the workplace.

This program is offered in the fall and spring, with student applications being accepted the first two weeks of each semester. Mentors may register to participate and create a profile at any time throughout the year. 

Business Mentoring Program Application  


Clubs & Organizations

The College of Business is affiliated with many different student clubs, organizations and business fraternities. To learn more visit the Clubs & Organizations page. 


ECF Access

The College of Business has partnered with the Economic Club of Florida (ECF) to provide our graduate students the opportunity to connect with the club to further their networking opportunities. Established in 1977, the Economic Club of Florida is recognized as an important forum for distinguished speakers on issues facing us today. Membership includes nearly 400 of the “Who’s Who” of the Capital City and includes both well-established and up-and-coming professionals. Each month a small group of graduate students are selected to attend luncheon meeting and activities of the club, where they interact with leaders in Tallahassee and hear professionals present on a variety of issues affecting today’s business environment.


Emerging Leaders Certification

Facilitated by the Truist Leadership Institute, the Emerging Leaders Certification is based on the model that beliefs drive behaviors — which in turn produce results. Students learn about the beliefs that drive their leadership behaviors, both in a positive and negative way. Based on theory, the highly interactive session provides students with a better self-understanding and ways they can lead others more effectively. Participants leave with practical tools and strategies to use immediately to overcome any leadership blinds spots identified during the session.

Students participate in two, three-hour sessions which focus on three foundational modules of leadership content: 1) Leaders Aren’t Born (Introduction); 2) What's Your Strategy?; and 3) The Rules of Games. Prior to each session, participants complete the Leadership Preferences Inventory™ to prepare them for in-class exercises, discussions, group work and reflection. Upon completion of the program, students receive the Truist Leadership Institute's Emerging Leaders Certification which can be included on their LinkedIn profile.

This program is offered for College of Business students during the spring semester. Separate sessions are held for undergraduate and graduate students. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to participate in either session.


Peer Connect

Newly approved as an Engage 100 offering beginning the fall 2021 semester, this dynamic program links incoming business students with junior and senior Student Leadership Council mentors who are knowledgeable about the College of Business. Participants meet weekly as a group throughout the semester for approximately one hour. Each meeting includes a short presentation focused on various topics to familiarize incoming students with available business programs (ex: internships, college involvement, study abroad, etc.), discussions of best practices for success in the college and time for individual mentor/mentee connection. Throughout the semester, participants also are introduced to different venues around campus and the surrounding community to further familiarize them with the area and available resources.

Peer Connect is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Incoming business students who wish to participate should log in to MyFSU. This Engage 100 opportunity is a zero credit, non-graded course option. To Register:

  1. Log in to MyFSU Student Central
  2. Click the “My Classes” tile
  3. Click “Schedule Assistant”
  4. Search for IDS 1107
  5. Filter for the “Business Peer Connect” sections, or choose “Section 33”

For more information or to view the planned schedule, contact Marissa Mainwood, student engagement coordinator, at mmainwood@business.fsu.edu.


Student Leadership Council (SLC)

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) advances the preeminence of the College of Business and promotes student engagement, collaboration, and connection both within the college and among the broader stakeholder community.  The mission of the Council is built in alignment with the goals of the Dean and the College of Business Board of Governors.

The Council is composed of approximately 25 discipline-specific, exemplary business students representing each of the College of Business departments.  The SLC assists with administration of mentoring programs, faculty-student networking events, and other student-focused initiatives within the college.  Members meet bi-weekly throughout the year and participate in professional development activities, team building workshops, and community service projects.    

To be considered for membership, students must:

  1. Be an undergraduate degree-seeking student with a declared major within the College of Business or a degree-seeking graduate student within the College of Business who has held previous membership on the Council;
  2. Have a minimum FSU GPA of 3.3; and
  3. Be able to serve on the council for a full term of three consecutive semesters.

Applications for the Student Leadership Council will be reviewed approximately three weeks after the start of the fall semester.

Apply Now  


Virtual Engagement & Professional Opportunities

Join us for the many virtual engagement and professional development opportunities the College of Business has planned for you to interact with alumni, employers, faculty members and fellow students.

See Calendar of Events  


Wall Street Prep Program

Each spring, a financial and valuation modeling seminar is conducted at Florida State University by Wall Street Prep. Taught by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies, the seminar bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the practical financial skill set they need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job.

Any student pursuing internships and/or full-time positions in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, portfolio management, business development, capital markets and equity and credit research should attend this seminar. The cost of this seminar is $199. Every student who applies for this program will be considered for a partial scholarship to help cover this fee.

Program includes:

  • Two days of live training
  • Extensive materials - comprehensive manuals and robust and reusable Excel model templates
  • 6-month access to Crash Course in Excel online module ($39 value)
  • 6-month post-seminar online access to Financial & DCF Modeling modules ($249 value) covered during the seminar
  • 6-month e-mail access to Support Team, comprised of former finance professionals, whom students can contact with follow-up questions

Employer Engagement & Recruiting

 

Florida State University’s College of Business is the place to start your search for top talent. Our students learn from world-class faculty members in highly ranked academic programs, as well as from executives who excel in their industries. When our students graduate, they are prepared to hit the ground running and contribute to your bottom line from their first day on the job.

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RECRUITING EVENTS

Accounting Freshmen/Sophomore Celebration
This casual event allows select accounting firms to meet with freshman and sophomore accounting majors in between classes to discuss internships and career paths with recruiters early in their studies.
AIS Meet the Firms
Held every fall and spring semester prior to Seminole Futures, this event, which is coordinated by the Association for Information Systems (AIS) student organization, allows its members to meet with firms interested in hiring management information systems (MIS) majors.
Business Career Expo
The Business Career Expo is a fall recruiting event that gives employers direct access to one of the nation’s best talent pools – Florida State University business students. Open to College of Business freshman- through graduate-level business students, the expo is a forum for students and employers to meet and talk one-on-one about full-time, part-time and internship opportunities.
Employer of the Day (EOD)
Recruiting companies are invited to campus for a day to interact with students in classes, at roundtable luncheons, in information sessions and by staffing corporate information tables in the College of Business. Our team builds out robust recruiting schedules to ensure companies meet with the ideal student prospects.
Employer Panel & Networking Night
Select employers are invited to participate in a human resource trends panel discussion and networking reception with human resource management (HRM) and management majors.
Insurance Days
Held every fall and spring semester, Insurance Days is a two-and-a-half-day that event allows risk management/insurance (RMI) students to learn about companies and career opportunities in the insurance industry. It also provides a venue for recruiters to conduct on-campus interviews.
Real Estate Speed Connections*
This session, which is part of the annual FSU Real Estate TRENDS Conference, enables prospective employers to briefly meet with real estate students for recruiting.
Seminole Sales Showcase*
Seminole Sales Showcase is a two-day event that celebrates the sales profession and includes a career fair open to all business students, a “Speed Selling” competition, a networking event and a sales role-play competition.

*These events are exclusively available to recruiters who are partners with the FSU Real Estate Center and the FSU Sales Institute, respectively.

Organizations

 

There are many student organizations and fraternities affiliated with the College of Business that provide students with opportunities to get involved!  While some organizations are more targeted to a particular interest or industry, most are open to all business student regardless of major.

In addition to the organizations listed below, there are approximately 700 registered student organizations at Florida State University. For a complete listing visit Nole Central and click on the "Organizations" tab.
 

American Marketing Association Student Chapter (AMA)
       
The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the world’s largest and most comprehensive professional society, consisting of both professional and collegiate chapters.  There are currently 390 AMA collegiate chapters taking advantage of membership in marketing’s premier professional organization.

AMA's mission is to promote education and further the professional development of students through leadership training and involvement in the field of marketing.  Participation in the FSU collegiate chapter will provide students with experiences that increase their value in today’s competitive job environment.


Association for Information Systems (AIS) Student Chapter
 
A professional student organization dedicated to promoting better knowledge and understanding of information systems and technology, the AID serves society through the advancement of knowledge and promotion of excellence in the information systems industry.  The organization aids students in career development via career building workshops, regular speaking engagements with industry professionals, and networking events.


Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)
 
ALPFA is the longest standing Latino organization with over 160 student chapters across America.  Benefits of membership in the organization extend beyond campus borders.  This nationwide network of students and professionals all work to carry out one mission – providing opportunity.  With regular workshops, conferences and conventions, ALPFA provides the tools necessary for students to develop as both professionals and individuals.  


Case Competition Club
 
The Case Competition Club forms travel teams to compete in global competitions, as well as holding an annual internal case competition, which is open to all Florida State University students. Students participating in this organization develop analysis and presentation skills, which help increase competitiveness in their job search.


Consulting Group
 
The Florida State University Consulting Group is a not-for-profit, entirely student-run consulting firm based out of the FSU College of Business.  Members of the group, in partnership with an advisory board, solve a wide spectrum of business complexities for organizations and businesses throughout Florida.  By leveraging diverse student backgrounds rooted in business, the group is able to advise clients on data driven solutions and innovative strategies.


Cryptocurrency Organization for Young Professionals
 
The Cryptocurrency Organization for Young Professionals is for anyone who is interested in learning about cryptocurrencies. The club exists to grow connections between people who are interested in cryptocurrencies, discuss timely topics and share knowledge between club members.


Financial Management Association (FMA) Student Chapter
The Financial Management Association aims to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, as well as provide opportunities for professional interaction among both populations and students.  Additionally, the organization enhances the quality of education in finance and promotes the development and understanding of research and of sound financial practices.  

The FSU student chapter helps members merge the gap between learning the basics of finance and seeing how finance is practiced.  This is accomplished through facilitating opportunities for direct communication with current finance professionals from all spectrums of the industry. 


Invest-A-Nole
The purpose of the Invest-A-Nole organization is to provide a safe space for Florida State students to learn how to invest their money and time, and to educate the student body about the benefits of investing and financial literacy.  Through financial literacy workshops taking place in a fun, friendly atmosphere, members will become more savvy on the various financial investing practices, wealth building, and overall financial freedom.  Invest-A-Nole provides real life applications to ideas, theories, and topics used in the world of business. 


Investing Club
The Investing Club was created to provide a forum for exceptional business school students interested in a career in investment banking as well as to market the capabilities of those students to the external finance community.  The organization is designed to provide a finance education compliment to that available in the classroom and to prepare its members for a successful transition into the banking community.  The main goal of the investment club is to educate and equip talented, undergraduate students through the opportunity to hone and develop skills to become qualified investment professionals.


Minority Business Society
The primary goals of the Minority Business Society are to increase the retention ratio of graduating minority students, to aid employers in the identification and recruitment of prospective employees, and to assist in the professional and personal growth of minority students. The Minority Business Society offers developmental programs, such as academic forums and academic enrichment activities, and sponsors corporate presentations and seminars. Programs give employers an opportunity to informally interact with students.


National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Chapter
The National Association of Black Accountants is a nonprofit association that strives to bridge the opportunity gap for black professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.  The mission of NABA is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders who shape the future of the financial professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.


Real Estate Society 
 
The purpose of the Real Estate Society is to provide opportunities for members to enhance their knowledge of the real estate industry through first-hand activities and contact with real estate professionals in a variety of fields.  Meetings will typically feature a professional speaker in such a field as appraisal, development, lending, law, investment, brokerage, consulting, design, or construction.  

Additionally, a corporate tour is organized by the Society each semester.  Tours are designed not only to allow the members to gain firsthand knowledge from respected industry professionals, but also to help introduce members to potential employers.


Sales Club 
       
The mission of the Sales Club is to improve members' understanding of sales as a profession and to provide the opportunity to sharpen their selling skills. The organization also promotes the Professional Sales major and creates superior access to careers in selling.


Securities Society
 

Founded in 2014, the Securities Society is FSU’s premier undergraduate finance organization.  Their goal is to bridge the gap between the markets and the classroom with an emphasis on providing students a hands-on experience in security analysis and portfolio management.  Members focus on skills necessary to succeed in a financial services career with specific emphasis on Investment Banking, Asset Management, Sales and Trading, and Wealth Management.  

The group enhances the student learning experience by applying financial theories and knowledge in a series of workshops.  In addition, the Securities Society organizes both a portfolio competition and an investment banking valuation competition.


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter at FSU
 
Florida State's student chapter of SHRM is focused on building a stronger human resource professional by giving students a glimpse beyond the classroom experience and into the real world of work and HR. The SHRM provides stronger HR professionals by providing information on career options, career preparation, assistance in finding employment and social interaction for its student members.

FSU’s student chapter is closely aligned with the college’s Center for Human Resource Management and the Big Bend SHRM.  By fostering relationships between students and professionals, students are provided with realistic insights into the world of the HR professional.


Sports Analytics Club
 
The Sports Analytics Club at FSU was founded in order to bring the university together through sports and data analysis.  The club focuses on the quantitative analysis of sports and development of members through projects, learning from leaders in the industry, and other development activities.  The club initiates projects with the intention of furthering members understanding of data analytics and the integral role it plays in the sports world.  The annual FSU Sports Analytics Summit is a conference founded by students that is organized and hosted by members of the Sports Analytics Club. 


Student Center for the Public Trust
The mission of the Student Center for the Public Trust is to promote ethical thinking in the developing character and conscience of students.Through support and guidance from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, events and experiences are offered for students both on and off campus. Student CPT membership is offered across all disciplines and provides a unique forum for ethics education. Additionally, its members accept responsibility for improving their community by completing a community service project.


Willow Partners (Noles on Wall Street)
Willow Partners is an undergraduate business society that is managed by a group of business seniors with investment banking experience.  The society was started in 2015 to place students in highly selective internships and full-time positions with Wall Street companies.  The group targets freshmen and sophomores who demonstrate real interest and promise in investment banking and wealth management.

Each year the highest-performing students in the program are invited to attend a corporate tour in New York City sponsored by the College of Business.  During the trip, students meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops, and attend networking events with alumni.


Women in Accounting 
    
The mission of Women in Accounting is to inform students about the various opportunities in the accounting and finance fields, connect them with potential employers, and to aid in turning those opportunities into careers.  They are dedicated to providing members with the knowledge, leadership skills and professionalism desired in the business world today.

Meetings and events are not only a great way to get to know other students, but also provide opportunities to meet with recruiters from top firms.  Members will get to interact with professionals in their field and learn about the industry through presentations, panel discussion and one-on-one networking time.


Women in Business
       
Women in Business strives to promote an awareness of the dynamic role of women in today's business environment and provides a forum for developing a critical discourse of that role. The organization serves as a developmental education and networking tool for students, faculty, staff, and business professionals alike.  With the aim of promoting professional enrichment and education, the organization hosts guest speakers, holds workshops, participates in community service activities, and offers professional social activities throughout the year.


Business Fraternities

Alpha Kappa Psi 
 
As the oldest and largest co-ed professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders.  The organization focuses on professional development and networking while supporting the local community through service projects.

Membership provides valuable benefits and personal growth, both professionally and socially.  Through a variety of activities, members have the opportunity to develop leadership, organization, time management, and speaking skills to prepare them to excel in “real world” business.


Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.  The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, which includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.


Beta Gamma Sigma 
Beta Gamma Sigma is the exclusive international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma's mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the society and to serve its lifelong members. 

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere can receive in an AACSB business program. Invitations to qualifying College of Business students are sent each spring semester.


Delta Sigma Pi 
Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities and to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice. The organization promotes closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce and furthering a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture as well as and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.  In addition to hosting professional, community service, and social events, Delta Sigma Pi provides students the opportunity to participate in leadership conferences and corporate tours.


Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS)
 
An international risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity, Gamma Iota Sigma primarily consists of business students majoring in risk management and insurance, but is open to students of all majors. The purpose of GIS is to provide opportunities for members to advance their insurance industry knowledge through professional activities and networking with practitioners. Additionally, GIS provides opportunities for social contacts and mutual encouragement of members toward achievement of their career goals.


Business Leadership Councils

Presidents Council
Composed of the undergraduate student groups' presidents, the Presidents Council ensures important information is shared between the various student groups so all undergraduate business students are aware of professional development opportunities that may benefit them. The Council also serves as the primary mechanism for information to flow between the Dean's Office and the college's undergraduate student groups.

The Presidents Council encourages professional behavior among undergraduate business students and typically sponsors one major student activity each year designed to increase students' knowledge of workplace expectations.


Student Leadership Council (SLC) 
 
The Student Leadership Council (SLC) advances the preeminence of the College of Business and promotes student engagement, collaboration and connection both within the college and among the broader stakeholder community. The mission of the SLC is built in alignment with the goals of the dean and the College of Business Board of Governors. The SLC is composed of approximately 25 discipline-specific, exemplary business students representing each of the College of Business departments. The SLC assists with administration of mentoring programs, events and other student-focused initiatives within the college.


Graduate Student Organizations

Doctoral Business Student Association (DBSA)
 
The Doctoral Business Student Association brings business doctoral students together to coordinate both academic and social planning to make this interaction effective. It provides a forum for providing input to the Ph.D. Policy Committee on program design, academic policies and procedures and general student issue.  Additionally, the DBSA schedules social events throughout the academic year involving doctoral students, faculty and their families.


Master of Accounting (MAcc) Student Association 
The MAcc Association promotes camaraderie between students and coordinates both academic and social planning.  The association provides a forum where students can share information and advice on the recruiting process, CDPA exam preparation, and other matters relevant to a graduate accounting student. 


Master of Business Administration (MBA) Student Association (MBAA)
The MBA Association is a graduate student organization dedicated to improving the academic and social experience of graduate students in the College of Business.  The association coordinates social events to promote camaraderie in the program, hosts business communication workshops and public speakers, and organizes business networking conferences.  Additionally, the association helps to enhance the relations between current students and alumni. 


Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Student Association 
The MSF Student Association promotes camaraderie between students, fosters relationships with alumni and provides students with resources to support their professional development and career search. The association organizes a series of social events that encourage interaction between current students, faculty and recent graduates. Additionally, it provides a forum where students can share information and advice on career opportunities through speaker events, information sessions, online exchanges, mentor programs, resumé reviews, and practice interviews.

 

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