Employer Relations

Employer shaking student handThe USF St. Petersburg Career Center has a variety of services, modern technology, and an employer relations professional to make your recruiting easier. We can show you how to gain greater visibility at USF St. Petersburg and connect with our students.

Whether you want to hire a student for an immediate part-time opening, become an internship site or fill positions with future graduates or alumni, we can help. Our Employer Relations Coordinator is available to discuss a recruitment strategy for your business needs.

Questions? Email our Employer Relations Professional or call our direct line at 727-873-4182, Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.


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WHY RECRUIT AT USF St. Petersburg?

USF St. Petersburg offers students a strong liberal arts curriculum coupled by professional programs in Business and Education. The institution is known for its small college atmosphere with the benefits of being part of a university with a national reputation for advanced scholarship. USF is one of the nation’s major public research universities and is classified in the top tier as Doctoral/Research Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


  • Full- or part-time jobs off-campus
  • Full- or part-time, semesterly, for- or not-for-credit internships
  • On-campus student employment (USF St. Petersburg departments only)
    • Federal Work Study, Temporary Student Employment

*Staffing agencies: please see third-party recruiting policies for guidance on requirements to recruit with us.


Internships were rated by employers as one of the most effective recruiting methods for hiring new college graduates.  Whether you are beginning an internship program or seeking to hire interns for your current program, we are happy to help you find qualified candidates at The University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Please review our Internship Best Practices Guide below for information about recruiting interns at USF St. Petersburg.

An internship is an opportunity to enhance classroom learning through practical experience. Internships may be full-time or part-time, depending on the employer’s needs. Most positions are for one semester, though some are designed for longer periods. Internships can be found in corporate and private businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. All internships should have the common goal of providing students supervision and a chance to learn while contributing to an organization.

Internship Best Practices

The USF St. Petersburg Career Center created the USF St. Petersburg Internship Best Practices Employer Guide to provide important information about recruiting interns at USF St. Petersburg. Employers should review this document before beginning recruitment of USF St. Petersburg student interns.


Why Hire an Intern?

  • Interns can assist with special events and/or short-term projects.
  • Interns may offer new ideas and innovative approaches.
  • Interns are typically self-motivated. They’re eager to learn and get experience!
  • Supervising an intern provides your staff member an opportunity to develop supervisory skills.
  • An intern can be evaluated and trained for possible future employment.
  • Providing internships can be a cost-effective solution for situations not requiring long-term employment.
  • An employer’s visibility on campus is increased when promoting internships.

Compensation for Interns

Employers are strongly encouraged to compensate interns through hourly wages, stipends and/or assistance with lodging expenses. Compensation varies from industry to industry. According to the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Fact Sheet #71, employers are to pay employees for their work. The sheet also outlines the “primary beneficiary test” to help determine if an intern or student is considered an employee or not under FLSA.

The seven factor test can help an employer determine if the internship offered can be considered a legitimate unpaid internship. Full details are available in Fact Sheet #71: Internship. It is up to employers to adhere to all state and federal wage and hour laws.

Supervisor's Role

Intern employers are expected to provide work experiences that are both challenging and educational. Interns should have a supervisor or mentor committed to the professional development of others. Those supervising an intern should be a specialist in the same field as the student’s field of study. A few specific expectations are:

  • Assign projects that relate to the intern’s area of study.
  • Outline a clear description of responsibilities.
  • Provide sufficient and appropriate training.
  • Facilitate an orientation to the company and its culture.
  • Invite interns to get involved with company activities.
  • Offer timely and regular feedback for the intern.
  • Allow interns time for guided reflection before, during, and after their experience.
  • If unpaid, ensure all work assigned meets the Department of Labor’s six criteria (listed above).

Recruiting Interns

Employers may post internships with The University of South Florida St. Petersburg Career Center through Handshake. For unpaid internships, specific learning objectives must be provided, and employers must be FLSA compliant. Please note, the Career Center does not offer academic credit for internship experiences and several colleges and majors have specific internship requirements. Contact the Employer Relations Coordinator for more information.

Helpful Websites

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Career Fairs

Each year the Career Center hosts various career events to connect employers and students. Employers can register on Handshake for upcoming events.

FALL: On Campus Job Fair, Part-Time Job Fair
SPRING: Job & Internship Fair


Employer Spotlights

Showcase your company and career opportunities to a variety of USF St. Petersburg students.

Employer spotlights allow employers the flexibility to meet with students in a format completely up to them! Present to students in a formal lecture style, laid back Q&A, or do a networking hour. The Career Center will book a location, secure any av equipment you might need, and market to your desired student audience.

Career Talk Tuesdays

Come work out of our office and meet students face to face.

Students at USF St. Petersburg are always welcome to drop-in for assistance with things like resume building, resume critiques, cover letter writing, job search strategies, and more. By joining us for a full or half day, you can meet these drop-in students to provide assistance from an employer’s perspective as well as promote your brand! Contact our Employer Relations Coordinator to set-up a date and time that works for you.

Coffee & Careers To-Go

Connect with our commuter students by tabling in a prime location on campus select Wednesdays each month during a the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information on attending this program, please contact our Employer Relations Coordinator.

Information Tables

Trying to reach students around campus? Utilize our tabling opportunities.

Set up an informational table along our beautiful Harbor Walk or inside of our University Student Center. The Career Center will coordinate and schedule you day and location. Attend a Harbor Market or pair your information table with an Employer Spotlight later in the day.

On-Campus Interviews

Need a space to accommodate a pre-screening or interview? Don’t worry, the Career Center has you covered.

The Career Center has a newly renovated interview room available for you to utilize at your convenience. The room includes a desk and chairs along with telephone and WiFi connectivity. We can assist with developing your interview schedule or just reserve the room for you.

Student Organizations

Collaborate with an on-campus student organization to specify your reach.

Student Organizations are great audiences and candidate pools for your organization. Take a look at our student organization directory.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote your brand across campus. From career fairs and major events to uniforms and Career Cruises, there is an affordable option for every business. Contact our Employer Relations Coordinator to learn more about becoming an employer partner at USF St. Petersburg.

 Campus information

USF St. Petersburg Majors

USF St. Petersburg offers a number of undergraduate majors and minors, undergraduate certificate programs, graduate programs, and graduate certificates. For more information about offerings visit academics.

Student Head Count

There are about 5,000+ registered USF St. Petersburg students. However, USF students from the Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses are welcome to take classes on our campus.

Unpaid Internships

You may list unpaid internship opportunities on Handshake as long as it meets the criteria outlined in our internship guide per the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act (Fact Sheet #71). We strongly suggest offering minimum wage at the very least to gain more visibility with our students.

Access for Staffing Agencies

Please contact our Employer Relations Coordinator. You must read the Third-Party Recruiting Policy and acknowledge/confirm that you can abide by those guidelines to gain access to recruit on Handshake.

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