Rosen Professional Internships
Greetings from your Internship team Gisele Canova, David Wixted and Jessica Wickey-Byrd.
It is the mission of the Rosen Professional Internship Office to provide high quality industry experience to our students and highly prepared professionals to our partner employers. We accomplish this through understanding the evolving needs of our partners and developing students to meet the current and future needs of the hospitality industry.
To be the partner of choice for leading hospitality organizations, providing professional internship opportunities globally.
Students: Visit the Professional Development Communication HUB in webcourses for resources on your job/internship search.
*The hub is accessible to current students who have active UCF credentials.
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management’s curriculum requires all Rosen College students to gain professional experience in their field of study. Students enroll in three (3), 1-credit hour courses and gain valuable work experience prior to graduation in progressively more responsible, career driven positions.
- Clarify academic and career goals
- Receive major-specific work experience
- Develop academic and professional skills
- Apply classroom education to the real world
- Gain access to professional relationships, techniques and equipment
- Maximize earning potential and employment opportunities upon graduation
Advertise Internship Opportunities to Rosen College students!
Employers are able to reach Rosen College students with internship-eligible positions by posting their opportunity on Handshake. For instructions on promoting your opportunity on Handshake and other employer recruitment opportunities visit our Industry & Employers webpage.
Please note that all internship eligible positions must offer a minimum of 250 hours per semester of hospitality industry experience (includes attractions, entertainment, events, lodging, restaurant and foodservice, senior living management) to our students while compensating the student intern at least the minimum wage of where the employment opportunity is based. Please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Wickey-Byrd or David Wixted or Gisele Canova with any questions.
Opportunities are available to intern overseas:
Click here to see International Internships that have been filled by the future leaders of the hospitality industry.
Watch videos from two students who completed international internships in summer 2019:
Take a look at this video shared by Internship Programs Director Jessica Wickey-Byrd, focused on our Japanese internships.
Internships Opportunities in the United States
Paige Renyhart, President of Pegasus Music Group, and an entertainment management student, graduated in the spring 2020. She worked for Warner Music U during her time at UCF. This is what Paige had to say about her internship expereince:
‘This past semester (Spring 2020) I was fortunate enough to finish off strong working as a Marketing Rep for Warner Music U. Before UCF switched to virtual learning, I hosted on-campus events, created social media content for WMG artists and promoted various national tours. After we moved online, I was still able to fulfill my position and instead hosted virtual artist involved panel discussions for students aspiring to work in the music industry. I am so thankful for this experience and to the entire Warner Music U team, especially Karlie Keaveney, Wendy Richard and Pamela Palines. Here is a quick video recapping what this semester looked like.”
Rosen Professional Internship Process
Internship I – 250 hours of Personal and Professional Development class-based activity with a focus on professional development with no verification of employment required. Yes, this means that you do not have to have an internship/job to take this course! The course will include professional communication, networking and interviewing skills, resumé and cover letter writing, time management skills, job search strategies and soft skills. Internship I is now your “development” class to help you find the most meaningful opportunities, as you start your progression through your internship experience and eventually launch your career. The goal is for you to have the best chance of obtaining the internships/jobs of YOUR choice.
Internship II – 250 hours of Exploring Your Career Path with verification of employment required. The course will include participation in leadership workshops, use of verbal and written communication skills, mentor identification, demonstration of guest service skills and self-learning training.
Internship III – 250 hours of Launching Your Career with verification of employment required. The course will include further participation in leadership workshops, the development of critical thinking skills, interpretation of employer feedback (i.e. personality tests, social media presence) and utilization of networking skills (i.e. salary negotiations, benefits, relocation and recruitment) to acquire a position in your chosen field.
For more information on Rosen Professional Internship courses, please contact an Internship Instructors – Jessica Wickey-Byrd or David Wixted or Gisele Canova for an appointment. Offices are located in the Student Services Suite 201.
- Please make an appointment to ensure a meeting with an internship advisor.
- All other times are by appointment only. Please email the internship instructor you wish to meet with to set an appointment.
|Jessica Wickey-Byrd, Suite 214C
|Gisele Canova, Suite 214A
|David Wixted, Suite 214B
Leadership Workshop Series
The Leadership Workshops are mandatory for all students enrolled in an internship course. Each semester, students are required to attend a minimum of two (2) workshops. The workshops are during your scheduled class time and are facilitated by our industry partners. Students MUST sign in and complete the written assignment for the workshop. Topics and presenters will vary each semester. Please attend the workshops listed for your class requirements. Students who attend five (5) or more workshops per semester in your class, will be presented with a leadership certificate of completion signed by Dean Youcheng Wang and invited to the Thank You breakfast at the end of the semester.
Leadership, Professional Development and Job Search Workshops from Past Semesters:
Advertise Internship Opportunities to Rosen College students!
Employers are able to reach Rosen College students with internship-eligible positions by submitting an internship opportunity by clicking HERE. Please note that all internship eligible positions must offer a Minimum of 250 hours per semester of hospitality industry experience (includes attractions, entertainment, events, restaurant and foodservice) to our students while compensating the student intern at least the state minimum wage. Please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Wickey-Byrd or David Wixted or Gisele Canova with any questions.