Field and Clinical Education

Internship Application


USF students in educator preparation programs that lead to state teacher certification are required to complete a final internship, also known as a student teaching experience.

Final internships vary among academic programs with regard to length, placement districts and schools, and required concurrent coursework. For more information about the specific nature of final internship in your program, contact your program coordinator.

The College of Education Final Internship Application Process serves two purposes:

  1. Establish a student’s academic eligibility to enter final internship;
  2. Initiate the process of securing a quality placement for final internship.

Students who intend to intern in a given semester must declare their intention two semesters prior. For example, if you intend to complete internship in the fall, you must declare your intent to intern in the preceding spring semester (February). If you intend to intern in the spring semester, you must declare your intent in the preceding summer semester (June).

Once you have declared your intention to intern, your program faculty will begin to coordinate your placement with our district partners. Your academic eligibility will be monitored in the semesters leading up to the final internship semester by your academic advisor. After submitting your intent to intern form, you may be asked to submit additional placement request information depending on your program. Late submissions will only be considered with program faculty approval.


The Tampa campus Intent to Intern Application for the Spring 2023 semester will be open from June 20 to August 7, 2022. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about eligibility.

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Undergraduate Students at USF's St. Petersburg campus: Please follow the application procedures detailed in the College of Education Internship Portal on Canvas. Applications for Spring 2023 internships will open later this summer and an announcement will be sent out when you should begin the application process. Please reach out to Dr. Heather Duncan with questions.


Students will be notified of their placements through email approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of the internship semester. Note that placements are made in collaboration with district partners, and delays may occur. Please also note that students are not permitted to arrange their own placements in accordance with agreements between the College of Education and our district partners.


All final interns are required to have updated fingerprints on record in the district where they will complete final internship. This may require that you either update your previous fingerprints with a district or submit new fingerprints to a district PRIOR to your placement being confirmed.

For questions about fingerprinting, contact Student Academic Services at or by phone at 813-974-2979.


All student teachers/interns are strongly recommended to obtain professional liability insurance prior to the first day of their field experience. Professional liability coverage is available through a number of professional organizations. Generally, liability insurance guarantees protection against suits or damages for bodily injury, personal injury, legal claims, libel, slander, etc. arising from professional activities in the assigned school. Below are just a few of the organizations that you can connect with to learn more about coverage and costs:

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