What is IP? The Internship Pensacola program is a joint effort by the Pensacola Young Professionals and the University of West Florida. IP was started in 2007 and is now entering its ninth year. The primary objective of this program is to attract and retain young talent within the Pensacola area by providing college students with summer internships at local companies, which often lead to permanent employment.
How IP Works PYP connects with companies (all industries) that are willing to provide paid summer internships. Companies fill out and submit the internship form. Junior-, senior-, or grad-level college students (from UWF and elsewhere) apply for positions. PYP provides resumes of interested students to each company. Companies interview students and IP issues offer letter(s) to selected intern(s). If the student accepts the offer, the internship formally begins May 9, 2016. During the internship, each student will take the Professional Development Seminar coordinated by UWF. Interns also attend several social/networking events with PYP members to foster mentorships.
Other Pertinent Details Interns will be juniors, seniors, or grad students from UWF and other regional universities. Compensation:
- Most IP internships are paid; only non-profits and government entities are allowed to offer unpaid internships.
- Paid internships should feature a salary of at least minimum wage and provide interns 30+ hours of work per week.
- Unpaid internships should include a one-time stipend of $1,000 to cover tuition expenses and provide interns 20+ hours of work per week.
- February 19 is the deadline for companies to submit positions to IP.
- March 26 is the *new* deadline for students to submit applications to IP.
- From March 7-31, companies may conduct interviews and choose their intern(s).
- The internship period runs from May 9-August 5 (13 weeks).
In its eight-year existence, IP has placed 85 interns with local companies. Over 35% of those interns have been hired permanently by their companies at the conclusion of their internships! Check out this recent story illustrating the success of Internship Pensacola.
Testimonial from Hannah W., a 2013 IP graduate: “I joined Internship Pensacola because I wanted entry-level job experience and (like any college student) money. IP provided me with the perfect paid internship. I enjoyed taking the Professional Development Seminar because the small class environment allowed me to ask my professor work-related, situational questions about things I was unfamiliar with handling at the time. It also provided me with many tips on networking and leadership. I had a great time making friends and joining PYP; however, the best part of my IP experience was being offered the job at the end of the internship!”
Summer 2016 internships will be posted throughout the weeks of February 22 – March 4. A list of positions can be viewed here. Please check regularly for new additions.
As of the Summer 2016 semester, you must be a currently-enrolled college junior, senior, or graduate student in order to apply for the Internship Pensacola program. Interested students should first peruse the list of available internships and select up to three positions of interest. Students should then follow the three steps outlined below.
Student Application Process: Step 1: E-mail your up-to-date resume (in Word or PDF format) to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the e-mail, please specify the positions for which you wish to apply. (You may list up to 3 positions from our Available Internships page.)
Step 2: You will need to provide Internship Pensacola with a recommendation letter from a university official/faculty member or a past/present employer. The recommendation letter must be written entirely by the recommender and without student participation. The completed letter should then be e-mailed (in Word of PDF format) to email@example.com. The recommendation letter must come directly from the recommender’s university or business e-mail account. Students may not e-mail the letters themselves. This requirement is in place to help protect the integrity of the recommendation process. Please tell your recommender that they should provide their full name, job title, and contact information on the recommendation letter. Also, please make the recommender aware that time is of the essence and letters should be submitted as soon as possible.
Step 3: Applicants must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee, via the online payment page (please be sure to check the “$25 Internship Application Fee” box at the bottom of the payment page) or by mailing a check (payable to Pensacola Young Professionals) to: PYP’s Internship Pensacola / 321 N. DeVilliers Street, Suite 218 / Pensacola, FL 32502. These application fees help fund the Internship Pensacola program.
Pensacola Young Professionals would like to thank you for your interest in the Internship Pensacola program. We look forward to having your company participate in our program during the upcoming summer academic semester. Internship Pensacola is an exciting program that will benefit our area’s employers and students, as well as our entire local community. Again, we are very pleased to have you as a participant!
Employer Commitment and Responsibilities: Participating employers are expected to provide interns with a schedule of meaningful labor for the entire thirteen-week duration of the internship (May 9 – Aug 5). The interns’ work should be both educational and challenging for them, as well as beneficial for your company. For Summer 2016, Internship Pensacola is accepting both paid and unpaid internships. Paid internships should feature a salary of minimum wage or better, and should consist of at least 30 hours of work per week. Unpaid internships are only available for non-profits and governmental entities, and should consist of at least 20 hours of work per week; also, please note that while unpaid internships do not require a salary, the company is expected to pay a one-time stipend of $1000 to offset the tuition costs required for their intern to participate in the weekly Professional Development Seminar that is co-sponsored by PYP and UWF. To submit one or more internship positions, employers should complete the online Job Description form. In completing this form, please remember that you are marketing your position to a college-age audience. The selection of a student will be made exclusively by the employer. Internship Pensacola makes no representations concerning the suitability of any student for any position. The employer is required to personally interview a student before selecting him/her for any position. All students will be full-time or part-time employees of the employer. As such, each student will be:
- Paid by the employer (or, for unpaid positions, given a $1000 stipend to cover tuition expenses);
- Considered “at will” employees and thus expected to meet the same standards for employment as other employees, including risk of termination for insufficient or substandard work performance.
For any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring (850) 723-3284.