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IDS 4940 Internship

An internship presents an excellent opportunity for both personal and professional growth. When looking for internships, you should consider the following:

  • Does this internship align with my future career aspirations?
  • What personal traits will help me succeed in this position?
  • What skills/qualities can I gain from this opportunity?
  • Will this experience challenge me in any way?
  • What do I ultimately hope to learn from this experience?

If interested in pursuing internship credit through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please review the information below and submit an application to 2014 Turlington Hall. Please keep in mind that this course may be taken for 1-3 credits depending on the number of hours you will be working throughout the duration of the internship. Grading is on an S/U basis. Note that a course taken S/U will NOT apply to MAJOR requirements, but may apply to your elective requirements. All interested students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to apply for internship credit.

Along with your application, we require a sponsor letter from a tenured faculty member in our college. The letter must state their approval of your internship and how said internship relates to your studies.

A completed application will include the Internship Checklist, General Application, and Internship Synopsis. The synopsis must be 1-page, double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12pt Times New Roman font, and address the following:

  • Why are you pursuing this opportunity?
  • How does it correlate with your future job interests?
  • What will be your job responsibilities?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?


Sam Basch ’14 Political Science

This summer I was privileged with the opportunity to move to Dallas, TX and join FC Dallas of Major League Soccer as a Marketing Intern. Never having lived outside of Florida, it was a great opportunity to live in a new environment on my own and get a real experience in a professional sports organization. One of two major highlights of my internship was leading the event presentation for an FC Dallas home game in front of 17,000 people. Being given the responsibility to single-handedly execute the promotions on field and in the concourse throughout the night helped me understand the pressures of working in the fast-paced environment of professional sports. Also, it showed how much faith the department had in me to make sure that the presentations went off without a hitch and it was a successful night. The second highlight was working the USA World Cup watch parties in Dallas. With 5 watch parties and a cumulative attendance of over 13,200 people, it was amazing putting on and enjoying the World Cup with all of these people. The impacts of the World Cup on Major League Soccer are huge as soccer continues to grow in the United States and being able to be a part of that by helping to put on these major watch parties throughout town was truly a highlight and something I won’t soon forget.

Working for FC Dallas this summer gave me the experience of working full-time for a professional sports team and learning how to better promote and enhance the product that fans receive. I look forward to using the general and sports-related skills that I developed here in further career endeavors.

Chelsea Hawthorne ’14 English

I greatly enjoyed the opportunity I received as an intern with the Law Offices of Iglesias-Lopez P.A. I had a chance to spend the entirety of my Summer B semester working in a long distance internship and yet still getting the experiences I wanted as an undergraduate student. I received the chance to work thoroughly alongside Professor Iglesias in an on-going case. I now know that Law is the field that I will continue to pursue. I am thankful for the chance to pursue this as a full-time student through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Alexa Rollins ’15 International Studies

Do not feel intimidated by internships! I know it may be daunting, but all it takes is a leap of faith. I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I was unsure about what specific field I wanted to pursue once in law school. Thus, I called the first family law office I could find and, within half an hour, I received a call back, asking when I could start. My internship, then, turned out to be incredible. I opened, organized, and closed files in addition to answering phones, billing clients, and accompanying the firm’s partners to court. I learned so much that I would not have in a classroom. It has definitely helped me develop new skills and has helped me figure out what career I want in the future. I would recommend this experience to anyone.


Internship Application (PDF)

Internship Checklist (PDF)