Innovation Academy is proud to offer several internship opportunities for students to choose from if they are interested in participating in an internship experience during the fall semesters.


The UF Innovation Academy Local Internship Experience is designed to give IA students opportunities to work on projects with ventures in the greater-Gainesville community during the fall semester. Interdisciplinary student teams undertake projects designed by local for-profit companies and non-profit organizations.

Students will be enrolled in 4 credits of  IDS 4941 and earn a final grade based on their semester report and evaluation surveys completed by the venture partner. The final report will include a detailed explanation of group activities and projects, expected outcomes of internship team activity, and practical experience and strategies learned.

At the end of the fall semester, student teams will present their projects to distinguished guests (venture partners, local community leaders,  faculty & staff). Here they will present the outcomes of the team’s work on their assigned projects.   

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Note: The IA Fall Internship program has been counted for Heavener School of Business internship requirements. Please confirm with your Heavener advisor



This option allows students and employers the opportunity to independently develop a mutually beneficial internship experience for the fall semester. The most flexible option, a traditional student internship allows students to seek out their own opportunities, whether they may be in Gainesville or beyond.

Students have taken advantage of internships in Orlando, Tampa, Nashville, and more. The IA staff are here to assist students along the way, however this option does  require more legwork on the part of the student in locating and setting up the internship, since IA does not orchestrate these internships.

Traditional internships can either earn course credit or can be no-credit, depending on the individual circumstances. Some internships will advertise college credits, while others may not yet still may be able to accommodate the requirements for individual major internships (speak to your major advisor for guidance on opportunities for internship credit). Students also can elect to pursue non-credit internships of all types for the professional experience.

UF IA students also have access to the Gator Career Link (GCL) as a source to find internships and other experiential opportunities from the UF Career Connections Center. Access via the following link, and proceed by clicking on student login:


To access our IA Fall Internship Database, click here