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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Internship competition accepts student applications

SFCC students have the chance to intern for a Florida senator - if they survive "The Interns."

For a one-month span, SFCC Student Government and The Student Advocacy Network will give SFCC students the chance to compete for an internship with State Sen. Steve Oelrich, The Gainesville Sun, Perry Construction or North Regional Medical Center.

Monday kicked off the beginning of "The Interns" project at SFCC.

Chomp Menus and Hungry Howie's Pizza supplied food in SFCC's Oak Grove, while members of SG spoke to students about the program.

"Around 200 to 300 students filtered through today's event so we got to talk to quite a few people," said Ben Anderson, Student Senate president.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, and the only requirement for students to apply is a 2.0 GPA.

Because applications must be submitted in resume format, Anderson said the Career Development Center would be holding two free resume workshops on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

There are four fields that students can apply for: health, journalism, social or political science and building/ construction.

Twenty students will be selected.

They will be placed into groups of four with one student from each category.

The groups will compete against each other in four tasks, each one relating to a different discipline and resulting in a team being eliminated.

The first task will be assigned at the opening ceremony that will take place on Oct. 11.

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The winning team of four will receive internships with their respective field, Anderson said. Anderson said that this program is a spin off of "The Intern" that took place three years ago.

"The Apprentice," Donald Trump's Reality show, originally inspired this program.

"The Intern" consisted of eight students competing against each other in seven tasks relating to administration and local government for an internship with Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan.

"Student Government has changed 'The Interns' to relate what we think SFCC represents today," Anderson said.

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