What Does an Internship Mean?

Written by Adam Grossman

An ordained rabbi, who has founded multiple ventures focused on workforce development, he is a cofounder and the Chief Development Officer at The Selling Factory.

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Since 2013, over half of all college students have gone through some kind of internship before graduation. There is even a good share of people who began an internship straight after college. Despite how common it is, there is still some discussion over the importance of an internship. 

In some cases, internships are required to fulfill a program’s requirements. They can also help you stand out against people competing for a certain job. 

So, what is an internship and how can it help in your career advancement?

What Is an Internship?

Simply put, an internship is a position in which a student or trainee works for a company with the intent of gaining experience. It may be a requirement for certain degrees or programs. A person could also use it as an opportunity to learn more about a field they’re interested in. 

There are many different types available for anyone interested, ranging from short stints with a company to year-long programs. 

The most recognized internship occurs in the summer. Students work a full-time job over a 10 to 12 week period. 

Microinternships and part-time internships take place over a relatively short period of time. They enhance coursework and are commonly taken when students are taking classes. 

Fellowships are a longer form that works to transition a student from college life to a position with a company. These are often given to graduate students to allow them to take on new research. 

However, not every internship is paid. Many require participants to put in multiple hours a week without any kind of compensation. 

Differences Between Internships and Other Offerings

You may wonder what separates an internship from other types of short-term employment, such as freelancing. 

To begin with, the internship definition strongly links it to the college experience. While graduates may acquire internships, it’s less common. Internships can offer university credit and will require a minimum amount of working hours for credit. 

Co-ops are paid positions for students that act as a precursor to full-time employment. Students will have to alternate semesters between work and academic study. 

Finally, there are externships. This involves an individual shadowing staff, taking tours, and reviewing company literature. 

Keep in mind that not every internship offered pays a livable wage. Some are unpaid, and it’s important to understand the legalities of unpaid internships

Benefits of an Internship

The reality is that participating in an internship may mean missing out on summer classes, a part-time job, or relaxing during a summer off. However, it brings many benefits that you’ll be thankful for later on in life. 

Job Experience

The first benefit of an internship is the ability to gain experience on the job. Finding an entry-level position is difficult enough, but it’s even harder when you don’t have any prior experience. An internship helps to bridge the gap between your time at college and your future job. 

Since you’re an intern, they won’t give you too much responsibility when compared to their payroll employees. You’ll get a chance to observe professionals in different departments and see what kind of problems they have to deal with. 

Research Experience

If you’re interested in the scientific field, an internship provides the opportunity to witness research first-hand. You can use the skills you’ve cultivated in college to contribute to important research. Some jobs require this real-life experience before they’ll consider hiring you, as well. 

More importantly, participating in an internship can help you figure out what type of research you’re most interested in. 


Most internships put you under the guidance of a trusted employee. This individual acts as your mentor while you work for the organization or company.

They can help guide you through your day and give you workplace advice. They’re the people you go to if you have any questions or concerns. Most importantly, these mentors may become that first connection that you use later on when you apply for other jobs. 

Professional Network

On a similar note, an internship allows you to build up a professional network that you may not already have. As a college student, you’ll undoubtedly make connections with other students. However, these students won’t hold much sway in companies or organizations early on. 

What’s more important is that you make a strong impression at your internship. Network, share contact information, and learn more about everyone’s role in the organization. 

Work Trial

Many companies use internships as a way to scope out potential hires. It’s the perfect way to try out an individual in a certain position without committing to them. Hiring managers will see that you’ve interned for the company in the past and prioritize you over the competition. 

At the same time, an internship allows students to decide whether they’re interested in a certain career. There’s nothing quite like hands-on experience to determine what you like and what you don’t like. It may even help you avoid applying for a position with a company that doesn’t treat its employees fairly. 

Looks Good on a Resume

Finally, an internship can help round out your resume and show that you’ve had some experience on the job. Unfortunately, many companies don’t give college courses or clubs much weight. An internship looks better because it shows that an organization has given you a level of trust, and you’ve proven yourself in the field. 

How to Find Internship Jobs

There are a few different ways to find an internship, depending on your current circumstances. 

First of all, your college’s career services may have a listing of various internships you can apply to. They’ll also hold job fairs that will advertise positions at companies. 

If you’re no longer in college, your best bet will be to search for internships online. Most internships are posted on job boards alongside other paid positions. All you need to do is use the filters to find something you’re qualified for. 

And lastly, reach out to your network. Ask your professors and peers if there are any current internships you may be interested in.  Some companies will also post about open positions on their social media pages. 

Get Experience on the Job

What is an internship for a company, though? It’s an opportunity to try out new employees and provide the experience they’ll need to excel in your industry. It also serves as a pipeline that can bring in new talent. 

The Selling Factory offers outsourced sales support from top college students. Our services also include a fractional SDR team and network placement. Contact us to learn more and get a free consultation. 


Victoria Zamitalo

Campaign Manager

Victoria received a BA in History and Economics from the University of Florida in May 2023. She is a driven sales professional with over 5 years combined experience in customer service, consumer relations and outbound sales, and is deeply passionate about fostering close relationships between consumers and sellers. She aims to train the next generation of sales professionals in not only the tricks of the trade, but also interpersonal skills that make sales the exciting and ever-changing industry that it is.


Mia Semel

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Before graduating with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Mia took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, recruiting, and leading campaigns. She is an active listener and effective communicator, specializing in fostering genuine connections and finding common ground among differing perspectives. She aims to find practical, creative solutions regarding sustainable development, biodiversity and the climate crisis.


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Jared Glosser

Vice President

After graduating from UF in 2014 with a B.A. in history, Jared started his professional career Fundraising for a non-partisan political lobby in South Florida. In 2016, Jared moved back to Gainesville to work for a non-profit, recruit students for international travel opportunities, and pursue his MBA at UF. Jared has been with The Selling Factory since 2019 focusing on operations, client onboarding, and client success.


Ian Massenburg

Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of University of Florida (B.A. 2001), Ian Massenburg brings over 18 years of sales executive and sales management experience to The Selling Factory. Before coming on-board, Ian worked alongside Brad at Infinite Energy, and then spent his next 3 years as VP of Partnerships selling SaaS products B2B. Ian brings his vast knowledge and experience to the team and to our partner companies served.


Damien Paulk

Campaign Manager

Damien is a University of Florida graduate that recently joined the team full time after working as a Sales Development Intern for one year. As a Campaign Manager, Damien looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of The Selling Factory. When Damien is not at work he enjoys exploring Gainesville with his girlfriend and dog or watching the Gators dominate college football.


Brendan Viehman

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Brendan graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Project Management. For the past 5 years, he has enjoyed working with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency development. In his free time, he surfs and makes personal finance videos for his YouTube channel.


Savannah Howard

Campaign Manager

A graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Savannah obtained her Bachelor of Science in public relations with a concentration in French. After almost two years as a sales development intern for The Selling Factory, she joined the leadership team in 2021 taking on the role of Campaign Manager. In her free time, Savannah enjoys going to concerts and festivals and cooking for her friends and family.


Zack Kampf

Campaign Manager

Zack is a creative technologist with experience in advertising, event planning, and game design. He started as an SDR in 2018 and has been with TSF ever since. Upon graduating UF in 2019 he became a campaign manager and is currently seeking a master's degree from NYU. In his spare time, you can find him at the intersection of Art & Technology!


Josiah Blakemore

Growth Manager

Josiah has over 10 years of sales experience, worked with Brad and Ian at Infinite Energy, and also spent time selling SaaS as Director of Partnerships at SharpSpring. He’s always been very competitive and has a love for sports and games. He enjoys solving problems and coaching team members to do the same!


Sue-Ming Frauenhofer

Marketing Manager

Sue-Ming received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Management from The University of Florida. As a student, she took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, marketing, and recruiting, eventually leading to her current role as Marketing Manager. She enjoys refining her taste in music and visual art, engaging in mindfulness and meditative practices, and frolicking outside with her sidekick pup.


Adam Grossman

Chief Development Officer

Adam is an ordained rabbi, who has founded multiple ventures focused on workforce development. Hired as CEO by a failing non-profit, in over 5 years, his ingenuity saved the organization, which led Slingshotfund.org to recognize it as one of North America’s most innovative Jewish non-profits. His expertise to identify, cultivate, and on-board talent ensures our student teams meet our partners’ needs.


Brad Gamble

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from UF in 1999 with a B.S.B.A, Brad Gamble has dedicated himself to sales management, branding, coaching, and building companies. He served as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Infinite Energy until 2014, when he founded The Selling Factory. He has dedicated himself to teaching critical skills to tomorrow’s leaders, and helping companies achieve sales success and revenue growth.