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:

  • Training support that builds on the student’s academic program
  • The level of supervision and mentoring support provided on-site
  • The opportunity to work with a subject matter expert (SME) rather than expecting the student to be the SME
  • Critical reflection on the professional internship experience and the personal and professional growth achieved

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.


Internship Partners

Florida Poly currently partners with more than 60 companies that provide internships for students.

Advanced Auto Parts

Aero Simulation Inc.


AIG American General Companies




Auto Owners

Barney's Pumps Inc.


Best Buy

Booz Allen Hamilton

Burns & McDonnell

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Cisco Systems, Inc.

City of Lakeland Civil Service

CNP Agency

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida


Consolidated Electrical Distributors 



Duke Energy 

First Federal Bank

Florida Department of Transportation

Florida International University

Golden Rush

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Jacobs Engineering Group

JSK Consulting

Keeffe Power Engineering, LLC

Lockheed Martin

MAF Corp.

Mettler Toledo Product Inspection


National Security Agency

Navex Global, Inc.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship (NREIP)

Oasis Systems LLC


Pallet One

Phosphorus Free Water Solutions


Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Purdue University

Radware Inc.


Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Safety Solutions & Supply


Southern Homes of Polk County

Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF)


Team Fishel

Turner Construction

Underwriter Laboratories

U.S. Department of Defense

University of North Texas

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Winter Haven Water

W.S. Badcock Corporation

Z Axis Solutions



Internship Handbook

Review Florida Poly’s Internship Handbook to see what is expected from you during your internship, and for helpful tips and advice.


Internship Requirements

Use the following steps to fulfill your internship requirements:

This can be done through Handshake,, or LinkedIn.

This can also be a co-op, fellowship, or research assistant position at Florida Poly or another university.

Career Services can provide help with you resume. Schedule an appointment today!

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.

Internship opportunities on Handshake