The Stephen C. O’Connell Center is a multi-purpose arena and student activity center located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. The mission of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center is to serve as an academic, athletic, recreational and entertainment facility. In addition, we strive to provide superior service to guests and clients, and training for future leaders while operating the Center’s auxiliary as a financially self-supporting entity.
The O’Connell Center is not currently accepting applications for internships. Please check back in the fall for updates on our Spring 2021 internships.
In support of its mission, the O’Connell Center hosts each semester (including the summer) two facility interns, two business interns and one Employee Relations intern. Each of the internships offer challenging opportunities to gain event and facility management experience. The facility internships provide experience with Gator Athletics, special event planning and facility management. The business internships focus on special event management, exposition style events and event management from the fiscal and marketing perspectives. The Employee Relations internship centers around the overall hiring, training, staffing, employee engagement and morale functions of one of the University of Florida’s largest student employers.
Hours and Compensation
Generally, full-time interns (40 hours or more/week) are preferred; however, part-time internships will also be considered. Due to the dynamic nature of the industry of which the O’Connell Center is a part, certain semesters may require more intensive hourly commitments. Interns are required to work additional hours on nights and weekends to gain the broadest experience possible in this field. Interns do not receive monetary compensation for their first 24 hours worked during each work week. Beyond 24 hours, interns are compensated on a contracted, hourly basis. At this time, the O’Connell Center cannot supply housing. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange for these accommodations. Likewise, transportation and parking is the responsibility of the intern. All interns are expected to follow the standards set forth by the University of Florida. For more information about parking passes please visit: http://www.parking.ufl.edu/. Current University of Florida students should note their status as a student supersedes that of an intern when obtaining a parking permit.
How To Apply
To apply for any of our internships, click HERE.