A professional experience internship is an applied learning opportunity that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to a student’s field of study.
Professional experience internships allow students to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom to a professional environment. Through a professional experience internship, students are provided an opportunity for career exploration and development.
Key elements that may differentiate a professional experience internship from a job include:
According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),
“GPA and the total number of internships a student completed as an undergraduate student are the major predictors of initial career outcomes. Graduates with more internships and graduates with higher GPAs had higher odds of being employed relative to seeking employment six months after graduation. Graduates with stronger measures of academic strength and graduates with higher numbers of internships also had higher odds of being in graduate school relative to seeking employment at six months.”
Read NACE’s internship reports for more information.
Florida Poly currently partners with more than 60 companies that provide internships for students.
Advanced Auto Parts
Aero Simulation Inc.
AIG American General Companies
Barney's Pumps Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Burns & McDonnell
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City of Lakeland Civil Service
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida
Consolidated Electrical Distributors
First Federal Bank
Florida Department of Transportation
Florida International University
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Jacobs Engineering Group
Keeffe Power Engineering, LLC
Mettler Toledo Product Inspection
National Security Agency
Navex Global, Inc.
Naval Research Enterprise Internship (NREIP)
Oasis Systems LLC
Phosphorus Free Water Solutions
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Safety Solutions & Supply
Southern Homes of Polk County
Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF)
U.S. Department of Defense
University of North Texas
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Winter Haven Water
W.S. Badcock Corporation
Z Axis Solutions
Review Florida Poly’s Internship Handbook to see what is expected from you during your internship, and for helpful tips and advice.
Use the following steps to fulfill your internship requirements:
Once a student secures a professional experience internship, registration for IDS 4941 (Professional Experience Internship) is a next step. Please communicate with Career Services for additional guidance.