Contact the Internship Coordinator

Internship Coordinator: Laurie Valentino
Email: lvalentino@sjfc.edu
Phone: (585) 385-7344

Internship Opportunities

For-credit internships offer opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to "real" world work experiences. They can also help you network and land a great job when you graduate!

Each company has different policies regarding compensating interns, so it pays to explore the opportunities. Generally, you may register for up to two 3-credit internships.

Internship Eligibility

Juniors and seniors with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher are eligible to apply. Second semester sophomores may plan their summer or fall internships by contacting the Internship Coordinator.

Finding an Internship

Many businesses in the Rochester area are looking for interns and we can help connect you with those who have worked or are working with our Internship Program. It also pays to call companies you're interested in, use the web to find opportunities, and ask faculty for direction.

Various internship opportunities, sample resumes, events/workshops and recruiting events are also posted on the Career Center's CareerZone website.

Steps in the Internship Program

  • Head to the Career Center for help with your resume and cover letter
  • Actively search for an internship
  • Meet with the Internship Coordinator for approval of your internship opportunity
  • Fill out the Internship Authorization [pdf] and the Internship Agreement [pdf] and return them to the Internship Coordinator
  • Register for ACCT 491, FINA 491, MGMT 491, or MKTG 491
  • Please pick appropriate credit load for course. Most internships are for 3 credits unless prior arrangements are made with the Internship Coordinator.
  • Complete the internship and all required academic components

Internship Components

You will complete 8 journal entries on Blackboard and produce a final report summarizing your internship experience.

Grading

You will be graded on a pass/fail basis. In order to receive 3 credits, you must complete a minimum of 135 hours at your internship location.

If you would like to do a second internship beyond the initial 3 credit hour limit, you must petition for it by submitting a detailed proposal describing the new position and its expected benefits to the Internship Coordinator. A second internship can only be taken upon the approval of the Internship Coordinator and the chair of the appropriate department.

Past Business Participants

  • The Bonadio Group
  • Camp Good Days and Special Times
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Excellus
  • Back Stage Media Group LLC
  • DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLC
  • Kasperski, Owen & Dinan, CPAs
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Wegmans
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • United Way of America
  • Summers Financial Services
  • Paetec
  • Waddell & Reed
  • South Twin Executive Search
  • Insero & Co.
  • Daly, Sirianni & Co., CPAs
  • Partners & Napier
  • Harris Corp.
  • Donald J. Pisaro, CPA
  • Tom Walpole, CPA
  • Merrill Lynch
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)

For information on all participating companies, please contact lvalentino@sjfc.edu.

For More Information

There are two ways to contact the internship program:

  1. For more information about the internship program, call (585) 385-7344.
  2. Email lvalentino@sjfc.edu.

Internship Spotlight

Christopher Copeland

Christopher Copeland '17

Christopher Copeland gained hands-on experience as a Managerial Intern at Bert's Bikes and Fitness during the Fall 2014 semester.

His responsibilities varied from day to day, but mainly involved working with the service department to ensure customers were taken care of in a timely fashion. In addition, he was in charge of rearranging portions of the sales floor to make them more organized and aesthetically appealing to the customers.

Although he still has a couple more years at Fisher, he has improved his communication skills through customer interaction and has learned proper workplace etiquette, two valuable lessons that are difficult to grasp in the classroom.

He said that while dealing with impatient customers can be a difficult task, he has learned how to handle those situations while keeping professionalism top of mind.

Ideally, Christopher is hoping to gain enough entrepreneurial knowledge to open his own bike shop someday.

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