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Internship Information for Employers

The USF Muma College of Business internship program connects employers with talented students who gain experience through paid internships, while the employers gain access to talented and motivated students with new skill sets.   Although internships are not deliberately designed to serve as extended interviews, they often allow employers to evaluate potential new hires before extending an offer.  Many employers are utilizing their internship programs to locate the best and brightest students for their workforce.

Internship Benefits

  • Help with backlogged tasks or projects that current employees do not have time to tackle
  • Bring the latest technology skills, as they are digitally savvy
  • Devise new ideas and innovative solutions for your company
  • Provide support without a long-term employment commitment
  • Bring knowledge about your company to campus and increase your brand recognition
  • Encourage companies like yours to build relationships with highly motivated students
  • Build a pool of candidates who have direct experience with your company

Choosing an Intern for Your Business

At the Muma College of Business, we have highly motivated and professional students in several disciplines who can help meet the needs of your company. See a list of Master’s level degrees offered here.

Undergraduate Disciplines

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems & Decision Sciences/Business Analytics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Sales
  • Supply Chain Management

Internship Overview

  • Occurs in the Fall/Spring Semesters (3 months), or Summer (10 weeks)
  • At employer’s company’s commercial location
  • Students apply to employer internship job description
  • Employer selects which students to interview and hire as an intern(s)
  • Compensation: $10 - $15 per hour
  • Interns work 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Employer must provide a supervisor/mentor for intern

Next Steps for Hiring an Intern

1 - Internship Job Description

An internship job description is required by the Muma College of Business and should serve as the first step to finding an intern and a tool to attract top students.  A good description contains concise and detailed information that helps applicants understand what is expected of them in the internship.

Your internship job description should include the following 8 items on your company letterhead:

  1. About your company – describes company philosophy and goals
  2. Title of internship position – includes the word “internship” in the title
  3. Job responsibilities – outlines expected tasks the intern will be doing
  4. Skill sets – preferred/required skills necessary for the position
  5. Hours per week – 10 – 20 hours per week during the Fall/Spring semesters
  6. Compensation - $10 - $20 per hour* (based on qualifications)
  7. Intern supervisor - title and contact information
  8. How students apply – point of contact for resumes and cover letters; phone, email, or link

*Students may be enrolled in an internship course for academic credit or seeking a non-academic internship.  Regardless, the Muma College of Business strongly supports paid internships.  Paid interns at private, for-profit companies had a 72% chance of getting a job offer, compared with just 44% of unpaid interns; and  these paid interns received a median starting salary offer of $53,521 compared to $34,521 for  unpaid interns according to the Wall Street Journal.

In the event of an unpaid internship, such as an internship with a Non-Profit Organization, the employer must complete the Host Unpaid Internship Agreement and a copy of the company’s General Liability Insurance must be provided to: Dr. Cyndy Sanberg, Senior Director of Business Engagement & Internships – Muma College of Business, (813) 974-9033, cyndy@usf.edu

2 - Send Internship Description for Review

Once you have completed your internship job description (see Internship Job Description above) you may submit to the Senior Director of Business Engagement & Internships, Dr. Cyndy Sanberg.  Your description will be reviewed in a timely manner and you may be asked to make revisions. 

Please send Internship Job Descriptions to:

Dr. Cyndy Sanberg
Senior Director of Business Engagement & Internships
Email: cyndy@usf.edu
Office: 813-974-9033

3 - Posting Your Internship on Handshake

  • Upon approval, your internship job description will be distributed to business students by the Collier Student Success Center at the Muma College of Business.
  • You will also be asked to sign up for a Handshake account to post your internship positon. Follow the instructions below to set up an employer account.

    Set up an Employer Account on Handshake: usf.joinhandshake.com/login
    1. Click on Sign Up for an Account
    2. Click on Employer
    3. Sign up as an Employer – complete questions
    4. USF Career Services – may ask you questions for their vetting process
    5. Upon approval – post your position

4 - Students Apply and Interview with You

  • Include a contact person or link on your internship description in order for students to apply directly to you.
  • You may interview the student at your commercial location.
  • You choose which student to hire as your intern.

5- Hiring an Intern

  1. As an employer, you will need to complete a Host Internship Form and submit online, which will automatically be sent to the course instructor.
  2. Academic Interns Only
    These students are planning to enroll in an internship course (4940), which is a three credit hour course available in: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems/Business Analytics, Management, or Marketing. To ensure that students have received the career-related experience necessary for the course the employer must commit to completing a required evaluation of the student intern.

    Please note: students must secure an internship prior to the process of enrollment in this course.

    • Your internship position will be subject to approval by the course instructor, the instructor will notify the student when the position is approved.
    • Upon review of your internship position, you may be contacted regarding any questions.

  3. You will receive an evaluation regarding the intern’s performance prior to the end of the internship.
    Evaluation Form

Employer Internship Policies and Procedure

Please make sure to review our Internship Policies and Procedures for Employers (PDF).

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your business needs and how our interns may assist you with those tasks.

Call: Dr. Cyndy Sanberg, Senior Director of Business Engagement & Internships at 813-974-9033.
Email: cyndy@usf.edu

If you are interested in your company hosting an information session for the students or would like more information regarding corporate events, including the Annual Internship Showcase, please contact Pavla Ozkul.

Call: Pavla Ozkul, Director of Employer Relations at 813-974-5162.
Email: pozkul@usf.edu

For non-business related questions about becoming an industry partner with USF, please contact the Office of Corporate Partnerships.