USFSM's Career Services Office is taking a new approach to job fairs.

Bulls Notebook: USF Sarasota-Manatee fair to ‘turn the tables’ on internships

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: January 26, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2018)USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services Office is proposing a unique method to match students with potential employers, a “reverse internship fair.”

Ben Heins, coordinator of internships and service learning at USFSM, is working with Student Engagement, Student Government and E-Learning to launch the fair this fall at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium.

USF Sarasota-Manatee fair to ‘turn the tables’ on internships

Ben Heins

The event, which emerged from an educational conference attended by Heins, is designed to place students in control of the fair and give them greater insight into possible internships and jobs. Information sessions are scheduled Feb. 19, Feb. 27, March 7 and March 22 where students can learn more about the event.

Students who participate must apply between April 2 and Sept. 7 and interview in September. Twenty participants will be selected to attend four training sessions in October to prepare them to greet prospective employers at “The Tables Have Turned: USFSM’s Reverse-Internship Fair,” set for Nov. 8.

“This laser-focused event will greatly increase the odds of 20 selected students landing internships,” Heins said. “We will invite employers based on the students’ interest and, before the event, provide those employers with briefings on the backgrounds of each student to build excitement.”

Students can learn more by attending an information session, contacting Heins at or by visiting

HospitaBull fundraiser is set

USF Sarasota-Manatee fair to ‘turn the tables’ on internships

This year’s HospitaBull will be the eighth annual event.

Invitations will go out in coming weeks to HospitaBull, the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership’s premier fundraising event.

The fine-dining affair, scheduled March 21, at 6 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, is designed both as a way to support the college and as a practical exercise for USFSM hospitality students looking to acquire experience organizing lavish, large-scale affairs.

“Hospitality students from two classes will be participating in this year’s gala event,” said Dr. Joe Askren, a hospitality management instructor at USFSM. “The students will be working alongside the Ritz-Carlton staff both in the back of the house and front of the house.”

HospitaBull was founded in 2011. Proceeds assist the college with professional development for students and professors and with attending professional conferences.

Tickets are $150. Sponsorships range from $350 to $10,000. Cocktail attire. For more information, contact Andrea Stephens at 941-359-4737.

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