Internship FAQ

Internship FAQ

Greetings Students from your Internship team Gisele Canova, David Wixted and Jessica Wickey-Byrd.

What’s Happening in Internships for Summer 2021. Click HERE to learn more!


Visit the Professional Development Communication HUB in webcourses for resources on your job/internship search.

Fall 2021, all Internship Courses are being delivered in both, the Mixed-mode and Online format.


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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

I heard that Internships at Rosen College  have changed. Does this affect me?
YES. A brief highlight of the program updates are below. Please see your Internship Instructor immediately with any questions or concerns.

  1. All internship courses have MANDATORY ATTENDANCE starting on the first day of your scheduled class time.  Your instructor will cover when attendance is required for the rest of the semester as well as being highlighted in your syllabus.
  2. Internship I is now a Professional Development Course and you no longer need to be working to be in the class.
  3. Internships is a mixed-mode class. You maynot take another class during the internship class period.
  4. P.R.E.P. is now a requirement for Internship classes and needs to be completed by Internship III to be able to graduate. Please see P.R.E.P. page.

Can I use my current job as an internship?
YES.  You can work for the same company for all of your internships IF you if you are compensated at least $8.10/hour in a position in the hospitality industry and will work a minimum of 250 hours per semester.

Can I stay with the same company for all of my internships? (i.e. I love working for ABC Hotel, can I stay with this company for each of my internships?)
YES. You can work for the same company for all of your internships IF you are either granted a promotion or are transferred into a different position for subsequent years of your internship. Each of your internships must come with increasingly more responsibility.

It is important to keep in mind that working for the same company for all of your internships comes with pros and cons – please speak with an Internship Instructor to discuss.

Can I use the same position for all of my internships? (i.e. I am a server at Restaurant123, can I use this position for each of my internships?)
NO. Maintaining the same position for all of your internships can hinder your career preparation and growth. Each of your internships must come with increasingly more responsibility.

I have an awesome opportunity that is not paid or on stipend, can I use this as my internship?
NO. Opportunities that are unpaid or that are compensated with a stipend are not permitted to be used as internships. However, as many of these opportunities provide meaningful experiences that will assist in resume building and are worthy of your consideration these opportunities can be used towards the Open 250 P.R.E.P. Hours requirement.

Why are internships required?
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management requires students to complete one Professional and Personal Development class and two work-centered classes which creates a means for a post-graduation competitive advantage.

What if I register for this course and do not have an internship confirmed?
If you have not secured or have not began your internship within the first two weeks of the semester, you will need to drop the course and re-enroll in a future semester.

Can I enroll in an internship course after the Add/Drop deadline?

May I switch internships in the middle of the semester?
Should you lose your employment prior to the end of the semester, please see your Internship Instructor IMMEDIATELY.

May I enroll in two internship courses at the same time?
NO, you may only enroll and complete the hours for one internship per semester.

I cannot find an internship, what should I do?
Numerous resources are available for students seeking an internship opportunity – including but not limited to referencing the Rosen Professional Developmental Communication HUB, Handshake, KnightLink, on campus company recruitment tables and information sessions, websites such as and, get started by scheduling a meeting with your Internship Instructor! Leadership workshops and on-campus tabling opportunities can help you to find an internship.

Is this course completely online?
All three internship classes offer a completely online (W) class section. If you cannot attend a Mixed-mode class for any reason, please register for the online class.

Class Time and Attendance Policy

Starting Fall 2021, all Internship classes now offer a 5:00 pm class offering. Plus, Internship I will be conducting a class on Main Campus.  Please see the schedule below:

    • Internship I:
      1. Wednesday 9:30 am-10:20 am (Main Campus)
      2. Monday 5:00 pm-5:50 pm (Rosen Campus)
    • Internship II:
      1. Tuesday 8:00 am-8:50 am (Rosen Campus)
      2. Wednesday 5:00 pm-5:50 pm (Rosen Campus)
    • Internship III:
      1. Thursday 8:00 am-8:50 am (Rosen Campus)
      2. Tuesday 5:00 pm-5:50 pm (Rosen Campus)

No late arrivals will be admitted.  Professional attire is mandatory.  If you are going straight to work after class or are coming to class straight from work, you may come in your work uniform.

Assignment Policy

NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED! This is an industry leadership course. You are expected to apply the same policies to this class that you would to a job. We expect you to do the work and turn it in on time.

What if I am an International student?
With proper clearance, International Students are permitted to have internships during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Please see an Internship Instructor IMMEDIATELY for additional information and directions. International Students must be enrolled in an academic credit-bearing internship course to be eligible to work.

How can I get a job if I have no experience?
Many employers are willing to hire students will little to no previous experience. However, it is important to make a professional impression with your resume and interview. Schedule a time to meet with an Internship Instructor to discuss your options, review your resume and begin planning for securing an internship. Additionally, we recommend that you begin building your work experience with on campus and community involvement. Please schedule an appointment Courtney Pelfrey, Assistant Director of Career Services, UCF Downtown at to develop a resume or revise a current resume. If you have no experience taking advantage of volunteer opportunities and attending workshops will assist in building your resume.

Can my previous work experience count as an internship?
NO! Your previous work experience is a great resume builder! While you are here at Rosen College, the goal should be to continue building upon any previous experience that you have. An Internship Petition can be submitted for consideration by a student with an excess of five years of previous managerial experience. If approved, an Internship Petition will waive a maximum of one internship requirement.