Dr. Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“By working together through the Chamber, Tampa Bay institutions…play an important role in strengthening our economy and our community.”

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

"… The Greater Tampa Chamber has been instrumental in helping our students become better prepared for the demands of the marketplace.”

Dr. Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

“... Appreciates our continuing partnership with the Chamber to build a better community, develop future leaders and strengthen businesses.”

Dr. Kenneth Atwater

Hillsborough Community College

"Being actively involved with the Chamber has helped us forge relationships that have benefited HCC as a whole.”

Dr. Bill Lennox

Saint Leo University

"Chamber membership has been an exceptional way to strengthen our ties to the community and provide opportunities for our students and faculty."

Internships - The New Recruitment Model

The Greater Tampa Chamber's Academic Partners have well over 300,000 students who are preparing to become the future workforce of the Greater Tampa area. Businesses have the opportunity to find their future workforce long before any recruitment and interview process. Connecting today's students with tomorrow's jobs reduces the time of hire which reduces the cost per hire.

Meet the Career Services Professionals

Kelly R. Allgeier
Assistant Director of Internship Program
The University of Tampa Office of Career Services
Contact Kelly directly: Kallgeier@UT.edu

Lynn Chisholm, M.S.
Director of Internships and Career Readiness
University of South Florida Career Services
Contact Lynn directly: lynnchisholm.usf.edu

(813) 974-9952

“Internship Playbook: Developing a Quality Internship Program”

Does your company want to start an internship program? The Internship Playbook outlines the Step by Step process to develop a meaningful and relevant Internship Program.
To receive your copy, please email Connie Gee-Abate at cgeeabate@tampachamber.com


Must an Intern be compensated?

The answer to whether you must pay an intern can be found in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Pursuant to this law, the Department of Labor has developed six criteria for identifying an unpaid learner/trainee.  All six factors must be met:
1. The training is similar to what a student might experience in an educational environment, even though taking place at the employer’s facilities;
2. The training is for the benefit of the student;
3. The student does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
4. The student is not entitled to a job at the end of the training period;
5. The employer derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student;
6. The employer and the student both agree that the student is not entitled to wages. 
It is the sole responsibility of the employer/ host site to determine if this criterion is met.  Please consult legal counsel or the Department of Labor if more information or clarification is needed.

 


What do I need to do so a student obtains college credit?

Each educational institution and even the individual education programs within the institutions have unique requirements, standards, and accreditation standards.  Please contact the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce or completing the inquiry form located at http://www.tampachamber.com/Involvement/Education-Connection/Education-Connection-inquiry.aspx to discuss your specific needs and to be referred to the most applicable institution.
 


What is the average compensation of an internship? 

Compensation varies by industry and academic credit is not a form of compensation. 
Interns that are paid must meet the state’s minimum wage criteria.  However, to attract the most desirable candidates competitive compensation is recommended.  Average pay rates in the Tampa Bay area range between $16.00 and $18.00 per hour.

 


How long do internships normally last?

Internships typically start within the first three weeks of the academic semester and last the duration of the semester (8-12 weeks). Internships can be part time or full time.
 


What is the timeline of the recruiting process? Recruit Early!

Recruiting for internship opportunities is very competitive and in many cases employers recruit for summer internships in the fall semester.  There are exceptions to this length, but the best companies recruit for internship opportunities at least 6 months in advance of the positions availability.   
 


What are the requirements to host an intern?

Employers interested in hosting interns must have a physical office space (office space cannot be located inside the home), General liability insurance coverage, Direct in-person supervision, and Compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act.
 


What are the elements of a successful Internship program? Students like to be challenged!

Increasingly, employers demand that applicants for entry-level positions possess prior work experience as a requirement for employment. Fortunately, employers report that a meaningful internship during college will satisfy that requirement. The following have been identified as elements of a meaningful internship program: Ensure the internship offers relevant experience in the student's chosen field; encourage interns to initiate products, ask questions, absorb information and provide feedback as a part of their experience; create an internship description that is structured to simulate an actual job; define clear beginning and end dates; establish in writing an agreement between the organization and the intern regarding expectations, responsibilities, evaluation, resources, learning goals, supervision, work schedule, duration and wage; assign an employee to mentor the intern.