USF Sarasota-Manatee interns find success at Informa Support Services


SARASOTA, Fla. (July 31, 2015) – Internships can often become a pathway to full-time jobs. Just ask USF Sarasota-Manatee business student Mark Oefinger, who’s entering his senior year with two classes remaining.

The accounting major started interning a year ago at Sarasota-based Informa Support Services, a shared services center that provides financial services for Informa business units across the U.S. and Canada.

Oefinger, a 42-year-old Army veteran, said he fit in right away with the company, but more importantly he asked lots of questions to quickly learn and adapt to the new position. Impressed by his work-ethic and determination to grow, the company offered him a full-time job when his classes finish in December.

“It’s an incredible place to be at. I’m extremely excited,” he said.

Informa is among the scores of local employers that last year placed 288 USF Sarasota-Manatee students into internships.

“We’ve had a relationship with Informa for years and they hire at least one or two of our students each semester,” Toni Ripo, director of Career Services at USFSM, said.

She stressed the importance of continually checking USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College Central Network for the latest job and internship postings – from full-time accounting positions to a recently posted internship at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Go to to view postings and access announcements, upcoming events and career advice. Users can build a web portfolio at Career Portfolio Central® to support their résumé and showcase their work to employers. The national board includes 500,000 listings, including local positions.

Ripo urged students to use every tool at their disposal when exploring job options: “They have College Central. They have the Career Services office. They can even try networking with other students and alumni.”

Informa started partnering with USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services office five years ago. So far, the relationship is working well for both sides.

“Our intern program is dedicated to providing interns with extensive on-the-job training so that their academic backgrounds can be applied to real-world situations,” Informa Support Services Human Resources Director Gail Glickman said. “We are pleased to report that we currently have five interns who came to us through the USF College Central website.”

Among those to recently start at Informa is accounting major Anthony Dedona, 20, who will begin his junior year in the fall. As in Oefinger’s case, Dedona is hoping to go from intern to full-time employee.

“So far I like it and I’m learning a lot,” he said. “A lot of people here are willing to help and they don’t mind if you ask questions. They actually want you to ask questions. They want you to learn and get better at the job.”