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Why UWF?

Thank you for your interest in recruiting at the University of West Florida (UWF)! UWF offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and Community & Employer Engagement is here to assist you in connecting with our students and alumni and building your brand on campus.

Building a Presence on Campus

UWF Community & Employer Engagement offers a variety of programs to help employers find the right employee. Our comprehensive, centralized Career Development & Community Engagement office works with UWF’s five academic colleges, more than 13,000 students, as well as our alumni to assist organizations in finding the right “fit” for their positions.

To begin building your brand on campus, please click on the thumbnail in the left column to review our Employer Guide and consult with our employer engagement team by calling 850.474.2254.

  • Post Positions - Handshake is an online database allowing employers to post positions (full-time, part-time, seasonal, internships, volunteer, Co-Op), and register for career events. Open positions will only be posted through our Handshake system and are available to students/alumni 24 hours a day. Students can send their resumes directly to you via their Handshake account. Registration and postings are absolutely free! Visit the Handshake at UWF website for more information.

    Handshake at UWF
    Once you create your profile, career services will activate your account so you can post jobs and register for events. accounts are activated during regular business hours.
  • Attend a Recruiting Event - UWF Community & Employer Engagement hosts a variety of career fairs and events every fall and spring semester. These events are open to all majors and disciplines and are a great way for students to network with recruiters from a variety of industries. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Events Page.

    Events Page

  • Meet and Greets - Consider scheduling a meet and greet to educate students about your organization and networking. If this is your first time on campus, hosting a meet and greet is crucial (virtual info sessions are available) to build your organization's brand. Contact Employer Relations Coordinator, Julie Rettig (, to schedule your Meet & Greet.
  • Internship or Co-Op - Cooperative education (Co-Op) and internships are supervised career related work experiences. Co-Op generally last three semesters, while an internship is one semester. Consider building internships and CoOps into your organization’s recruiting structure.  (Link to new Developing a CoOp/Internship Program Page on the left side)
  • Partner With Us - Each year, Community & Employer Engagement hosts a variety of exciting educational programs for our students and alumni. We welcome you to partner with us on these programs through our #iHireUWF Employer Partnership Program. Visit the Partner With Us page to learn more about our #iHireUWF Employer Partnership Program.

    Partner With Us Page

  • Outreach - Developing relationships will make a difference in your recruitment strategy. Consult with the Employer Engagement Team to develop strategies for presentations on campus, to collaborate with student organizations and more.

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Senior electrical engineering student Brandon Sellers solders components on a circuit board making an erosion monitor at the University of West Florida Friday April 1, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)

Developing Internship & Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Programs

Internships and CoOps are formal, supervised learning experiences where students may apply knowledge and information acquired from their academic program of choice. These programs should incorporate clear objectives of what the student will learn. If you feel like you have opportunities that are reflective of any of the programs below, consult with UWF Community & Employer Engagement.


An internship is most often a one semester experience that may or may not be for course credit. It may also be paid or non-paid. However, non-paid internships should comply with the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA). Paid internships must comply with minimum wage and overtime pay requirements under the FLSA. Hours per week are determined by employer and intern for both types of internships positions.

Fair Labor and Standards Act

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education programs (Co-Ops) are multi-semester experiences that are always for course credit and always paid. Students may choose from two types of Co-Ops: parallel or alternating. A parallel CoOp student works and goes to school at least 3 semesters in a row, averaging 15-25 hours a week at work and 9-12 academic credits. An alternating Co-Op student alternates between workplace and school semester by semester, working 40 hours a week during work terms and going to school full time during academic terms.

Weighing the Benefits Between Internships & Cooperative Education

  • Both Co-Ops and Internships are intended to be learning experiences for the student; the intent should be to help students grow and develop in their career field and to connect their work to what they are learning in the classroom.
  • Internships work well for short-term projects, typically only taking about 4 months to complete.
  • The commitment for the student and the employer is shorter with internships.
  • Co-Ops work well for any organization looking to have an “intern” for longer than a semester.
  • Co-Ops allow the student to gain responsibilities semester by semester and she/he stays with the organization for at least 3 semesters.
  • Both Co-Ops and internships are great avenues for converting a student to full-time status, without the need to spend added recruitment costs with a Co-Op/intern, you have already recruited and trained a potential full-time employee.

If you are an organization seeking students for volunteer and service opportunities, post your positions using Handshake, our free job posting database. For more information, please contact Community & Employer Engagement at 850.474.2254 or

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