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What is an internship?

  • An internship at St. Petersburg College is a supervised, practical learning experience in the workplace that offers the student an opportunity to apply, connect, and extend academic theory and competencies to build professional skills and networks.
  • What qualifies as an internship?

    SPC follows guidelines set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for internships. The following guidelines define a legitimate internship:

    1. Be an extension of the classroom and apply knowledge gained in the classroom.
    2. Be transferable to other employment.
    3. Have a defined beginning and end, job description and desired qualifications.
    4. Have learning objectives/goals aligned with a student's academic coursework.
    5. Provide professional supervision in the field of the experience.
    6. Offer routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
    7. Employ the use of resources, equipment and facilities that support learning objectives/goals.

    Overseeing Internships

    SPC’s college-wide internship office will monitor all internships to ensure that each posted position adheres to the definition and criteria of an internship.

    Unpaid Internships

    Unpaid internship are possible, but must adhere to guidelines established by the Department of Labor.

  • Internship Timelines by Term



    Application Window 


    August - December (16 weeks)

    May 1 - July 1


    January - May (16 weeks)

    Sept. 1 - Nov. 1


    May - July (10 weeks)

    Feb. 1 - April 1 

    InformationSPC has designed a common course outline for all disciplines that is facilitated by faculty and includes 3 credit hours of course academic credit = 180 on-the-job contact hours. 

    The SPC internship course is facilitated by faculty and includes:

    • Development of SMART Learning Objectives
    • Weekly journal entries
    • Final paper
    • Site visit by college staff