Internships and Career Planning FAQ
Ray Rogers

Answers by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services.

Ray holds a Master of Human Resources degree from Rollins, a Master of Science degree in Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Q. How does Rollins help students prepare for a career after graduation?

A. Career Services assists students and alumni in all majors offered at Rollins. In addition to developing an academic plan for their four years at Rollins, Career Services recommends that every student also create a professional development plan. This should include things like researching career interests, writing a resume, joining campus clubs, completing internships, practicing interviews, shadowing professionals and learning to network. A liberal arts education combined with career exploration and practical work experience will help make your student extremely marketable in the job search process. The Office of Career Services assists students as they develop career plans, find internships and start the job search process.

Q. Does Rollins offer internships and can students get credit for those?

A. Absolutely. Career Services encourages all students to complete at least two internships during college. If desired, internships may be completed for academic credit, or students may choose to complete an internship simply for the practical experience. Regardless of whether they are receiving academic credit, Career Services assists students in finding and applying for internships, both in Central Florida and all around the country. Recently, Rollins students have interned at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sirius radio in New York City, the Orlando Museum of Art, Boone Heart Institute of Denver, MTV International, Merrill Lynch and NBC Universal in Los Angeles. 

Q. Does Rollins offer any classes to help my student get focused on careers?

A. Yes, Career Services partners with the Academic Resource Center to teach Academic and Career Planning targeted toward first and second-year students. In this class, students are provided the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision making. In collaboration with local community members and Rollins alumni, students participate in self-discovery initiatives, conduct career research, reflect on various careers and are encouraged to refine educational and career goals. Additionally, students complete an academic planner, identify internship opportunities, complete two self-assessment instruments and write a professional resume. In addition, Career Services partners with faculty to offer major specific career planning courses including Careers in Biology, Careers in Humanities and the Meaningful Life Productive Career course in the International Business Department. 

Q. Can Career Services help my student prepare for graduate school?

A. Yes, Career Services offers assistance to students interested in continuing their education after Rollins. Career Services staff can help students research and identify graduate programs, complete applications, write personal statements, and prepare for the standardized graduate entrance exams. In addition to graduate school workshops and one-on-one counseling appointments, students are also encouraged to take a free, practice graduate admission test offered on campus each semester. Students interested in law or medical school are encouraged to meet with the specific faculty advisors who direct Rollins’ pre-law and pre-med programs.

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