Internships at EFSC: Student Frequently Asked Questions
Review the FAQ below for more details on the internship process at Eastern Florida State College from a student's perspective. More details and the Student Internship Inquiry form that should be submitted to begin the application process can be found by visiting the main student information page.
FAQ by EFSC Students
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Question 1: What is an Internship?
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an internship is a form of realistic learning that incorporates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.
Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields the students are considering as career paths. In addition, employers have the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Question 2: What are the benefits of an internship?
An internship gives the student an opportunity to:
- Gain valuable work experience before completing the program
- Develop new skills and refine other skills
- Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations
- Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
- Experience new work environments
Question 3: When is a good time to start looking for an internship?
During the second-to-last semester of completing your EFSC program, students should be in contact with the Internship Office to consider potential internship sites and to finalize a cover letter and resume.
Although internships are offered fall, spring and summer terms, the internship course for every program may not be offered every semester. Check with your academic advisor. EFSC students who qualify can begin the internship application process with the Career Planning and Development Center's Internship Representative starting on the dates listed below by term:
Fall Term Internship: March 1
Spring Term Internship: September 1
Summer Term Internship: February 1
The Internship Office receives internship listings continually for Brevard County, Florida. If students are pursuing an internship outside of the area, the student is responsible for securing the internship site.
Students can initiate contact with an internship site for placement but it is not necessary.
All internship sites must have approval from the Internship Office.
Question 4: How do I get started on the internship process?
Visit the Student Internship Information page to review the list of eligible internship courses and the steps in the internship process plus to complete the Student Internship Inquiry form that begins the application process. You will then be contacted by the Internship Representative.
Question 5: Do I receive course credit for my internship?
Yes! Each internship course is credit-earning. Generally a course earns from 1 to 3 credits.
Each program has a minimum required number of hours to complete at the internship site. Check the specifics of your program to learn the amount of hours and potential EFSC credits.