Gain Valuable Experience in "Real-World" Situations
Students: Would you like a chance to apply your education, initiative, and creativity to important strategic challenges? Would you like to work under the guidance of a company’s top leaders? Internships within small, entrepreneurial companies help you to do just that! The experience you gain from applying your knowledge and talent to challenging problems will serve you well in both entrepreneurial and corporate careers.
UCF’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership partnered with UCF’s award-winning Experiential Learning office to create the Enterprising Interns Program. This program seeks to connect small businesses with UCF students from all academic disciplines. Opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students, and may focus on either business or technical challenges.
We encourage you to learn more about becoming an Enterprising Intern by exploring the information below.
- What are the typical benefits of being an Enterprising Intern?
- How does an internship work?
- Do I qualify to become and Enterprising Intern?
- How do I apply?
What are the typical benefits of being an Enterprising Intern?
- Working on strategic assignments or special projects critical to a firm’s success
- Enjoying substantial responsibility and discretion to conduct competitive research and develop creative solutions.
- Creating experiences that provide you with compelling stories to tell during interviews that illustrate your ability to add value and exercise leadership in business settings
How does an internship work?
Internships are academic courses that allow students to apply classroom theory in a practical work setting and gain personal, academic and work competencies.
- One semester in length, usually towards the end of your academic program
- Usually for credit
- Paid or unpaid
- Structured for learning
Do I qualify to become an Enterprising Intern?
If you answer, “yes” to all the folowing questions, you are ready to apply to be an Enterprising Intern.
- Are you a full-time degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student at UCF?
- Have you completed a minimum of 20 credit hours at a post-secondary institution?
- Are you available to work at least two consecutive semesters prior to graduation, excluding the semester in which you apply for co-op or one complete semester for an internship?
- Will you be able to maintain a 2.5/4.0 overall grade point average?
How do I apply?
The application process begins by completing the Experiential Learning’s Application. Once you have submitted your application online, an experiential learning counselor will contact you via email within two business days to let you know that your application has been processed. The counselor will create an account for you based on the information provided in the application and will provide you with additional instructions on how to proceed.
Don’t forget to check the box indicating you are interested in entrepreneurship: For Experiential Learning’s resources to help you create a winning resume and prepare for interviews, click here.