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About the University and Our Students

Based in Pensacola with additional locations in the region, UWF is home to four academic colleges and the School of Education, offering a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as specialist degrees and a doctorate in education. A driver of economic impact in Northwest Florida and beyond, UWF generates more than $1 billion in total annual sales across the Florida economy.

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Experiential Learning

We encourage our students to participate in high-impact practices and experiential learning. Consider hiring UWF students for:

Project-Based Experiences with Parker Dewey

Project-based experiences (also known as micro-internships) with Parker Dewey are short-term projects (5-40 hours or more) that help students build connections, gain experience, and develop new skills. These experiences complement existing internship and campus recruiting programs by providing opportunities to engage prospective candidates year-round while lowering the costs associated with onboarding a new hire. Please review the information below to learn more about micro-internships.

Micro-Internships FAQs

Parker Dewey LLC is a consulting firm that helps companies more effectively complete tasks and improve hiring. They do this by contracting with college students and recent graduates who want to work on short-term, professional projects so they can generate income while demonstrating capabilities and gaining practical experience.

Micro-internships are short-term projects (5-40 hours or more) conducted remotely or in person, either independently or in collaboration with a team, to build connections, gain experience and develop new skills. These are opportunities posted by companies and organizations across the United States that partner with Parker Dewey LLC.

UWF refers to these short-term professional assignments as project-based experiences instead of micro-internships since academic credit is not currently available through participation.

UWF does not term these experiences as “micro-internships” because students cannot earn credit for an experience at this time. Also, the definition of internships at UWF depends on the department. Therefore, UWF terms these experiences as project-based experiences.

Students participating in these experiences are not employees, contractors, interns, or temps of any company/organization, nor are students considered freelancers. Similar to working with a consulting firm or any other service provider, companies/organizations are engaging Parker Dewey LLC to complete the assignment, and each individual student they select is a contractor or employee of Parker Dewey. Companies/organizations can still directly interact with the student(s) for the project and always have the opportunity to hire students directly without any costs or fees.

While most projects involve public-facing information of a non-sensitive nature, both Parker Dewey and all students sign strict NDAs to protect company/organization information. In addition to the standard provisions, the students understand that they are risking their academic transcript or expulsion for any violation of confidentiality.

Given the short-term nature and structure of these projects/assignments, Parker Dewey does not conduct background checks. While companies are always welcome to conduct a background check directly, the nature of the specific assignments and lack of a direct relationship with the individual who is selected has caused most organizations to defer the background check until after a Micro-Internship is completed and a student is offered a traditional internship or full-time role.

Career Launchers is the term used by Parker Dewey to identify student and alumni applicants.

Yes. All Parker Dewey experiences are paid experiences.

When the project is completed, students will be paid by Parker Dewey.

Current UWF students, including undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, can create an account and apply to experiences.

Example projects include improving websites, conference planning, research on environmental impacts, organizing membership contacts, creating webinars and materials, social media and blog posting, co-authoring an academic paper and more.

Upon completion of the experience, the company has the opportunity to provide feedback. The review of the student includes an overall rating along with an evaluation of the performance in five specific areas: timeliness, communication, quality, presentation, and skill level. In addition, companies can offer confidential feedback directly to the student, providing professional development similar to what an individual might receive from a mentor.

CDCE has the following suggested student learning outcomes:

  • Will engage in professional and ethical behaviors during the experience.
  • Will use technology to effectively analyze and communicate information.
  • Will demonstrate an ability to set appropriate priorities/goals.
  • Will be able to break down complex tasks/problems into manageable pieces.

For questions, please contact our office at or 850.474.2254.