Career Development Opportunities
Finding Your Career Path
Augmenting the services provided by PBA Career Development, Rinker School of Business
faculty regularly engage with students in the areas of career skills identification
and opportunity matching. This leverages existing faculty networks to actively support
student internship, graduate school, and post-PBA employment opportunities. Faculty
routinely help students hone their skills in career searching, resume effectiveness,
interviewing and negotiation.
To meet the explosive needs of West Palm Beach’s business community, we have initiated
major enhancement of our Internship Program. First, we have revamped the internship
course content to enhance the areas of mentoring, career selection (self-exploration,
company research, resume building, and interview skills), and student communication
skills. Second, we have enhanced employer feedback opportunities via questionnaires,
at both mid-point and end of course. Third, we have developed a database of internships
which provide contact information for past interns. Finally, we are enhancing our
business community outreach, soliciting more opportunities from downtown West Palm
Beach companies. This has become increasingly vital, with the explosive growth that
West Palm Beach has seen since COVID-19.
The Rinker School of Business also partners with Career Development to provide our
Mentor-Protégé Program, allowing students to participate in a one year mentoring experience
with senior managers and executives, most of whom are PBA graduates. An additional
feature of this program is the monthly “Protégé Professional Development Meeting”
in which proteges learn from panels of business leaders, HR representatives, career
counselors, and financial experts on how to position themselves for future success
in the workplace.
Use what you're learning in the classroom in an actual business setting. Our business
internship program allows you to work in your chosen field and gain real work experience.
Our internships are academically planned and supervised so that you get the most out
of your experience. You'll choose an internship program that relates to your major,
and we'll guide you through the process during your entire internship process.
Business students must have junior or senior status and get approval for the selected
internship from the Director of Internships, Geoffrey Jervis.
1. Begin looking long before the semester starts for possible placement for your internship.
Talk to everyone about your internship possibilities.
2. Come to the Director of Internship’s office to discuss what kind of internship
you are seeking. The office is located on the first floor of the Rinker Building,
3. Check not only your own sources but the resources provided by the Rinker School
of Business. Send out your resume to multiple employers. Career Development offers a number of resources to assist you in identifying, applying, and interviewing
for internship opportunities.
4. Register for the internship course (BUSV 4713) to be taken the same semester you
do your internship.
5. Complete Internship Proposal, including a brief detailed description of job assignment
and emphasizing any projects you may be assigned during your internship.
6. Attend class and complete course requirements.
The purpose of the internship course is to provide career skill development by working
in a professional setting while participating in a structured class. The work component
consists of 90 hours with an approved employer, and is enhanced by an RSB course consisting
of assignments, threaded discussions, and class meetings. By the end of the internship,
students will have: (1) gained real life business experience, (2) learned new skills
that will make them more marketable, and (3) developed long-term career and life goals
and will know what it will take to accomplish those goals.
Companies where our students intern
These companies range from small local businesses to large multinational companies.
Some of those companies are:
- Walt Disney World
- Office Depot
- Raymond James Financial
- Bank of America
- Chubb Insurance
- Best Buy
- John Hancock
- Smith Barney
- State Farm Insurance
- Northwestern Mutual
- Neiman Marcus
- Merrill Lynch
- Professional Golfers Association
- Internal Revenue Service
- Clear Channel Communications