Michele Groves – Advisor II, Career Resource Center |
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
For students at a state/community college or technical school, internships are a great way to gain real-world experience, learn about local businesses, and network with professionals in their career field. Every career center deals with experiential learning in some manner – whether overseeing the internship process, connecting students to learning opportunities, or helping interns incorporate their experience onto their resume. [Yes, we could debate terminology; however, for purposes of this post, “internship” will be used when talking about all forms of experiential learning.]
As career service professionals, we understand the importance of internships. Seeking out best practices serves to help career center staff improve their interaction with students searching for and completing internships. Last November, the Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor recognized Seminole State College of Florida as one of four winners of the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards for 2015. Seminole State’s submission, the Business and Information Management Capstone Project, challenges graduating students to solve real-world business problems and present their findings to faculty and industry representatives.
During the 2016 FloridaACE Annual Conference, the Florida Colleges Career Services Consortium will host a breakout session for its members and internships will be the focus of the discussion. FCCSC is made up of all Career Services professionals who work at Florida’s state/community colleges or technical schools and has a group page on LinkedIn. We had a great member turnout for this meeting last year. Internships are a hot topic at the moment and will continue to evolve and grow at Florida schools. I hope many FCCSC members will be able to attend the session and add to the list of internship best practices.