Internships

Internships are one of the best ways future workers can learn about the basics of a job. Also, it gives employers the chance to determine skill and fit. These meaningful work experiences directly related to Career Pathways in the Jacksonville area. Earn Up can help connect companies and students, adult learners and veterans with these opportunities.

Internships can be a game changer in your Career Pathway! Colleges in Northeast Florida use various platforms such as Handshake, Symplicity and College Central Network to share internship opportunities with their students and alumni. Schools may also make available this information through their career centers. Internship experiences will help you better understand your field of study, personal skills, and interests.

The data gathered by Strata in the chart below illustrates why securing internships throughout your educational career provides a significant return on investment.

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About Guidewell’s Internship Programs 

Guidewell’s internship programs are part of their talent strategy to attract, engage and hire key strategic talent.  The company likes to foster returning interns who then can become permanent employees upon graduation.  Through mentoring and on-the-job professional experience, the individual has opportunities for meaningful experience whether a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student in part-time to full-time internships throughout the year.

Guidewell continues to expand the type of internships offered, which include the Traditional College Internship Program, the Leadership Equity Alliance (LEAP) Program, the Partner in Education and Business Success High School Internships Program, Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnership, Student Opportunity for Advancement and Readiness (SOAR) Internship Program, Micro-Internship Program, and Veteran Internships.  Currently, interns can engage in one of thirteen different program offerings in a variety of skill areas.

In 2021, Guidewell hosted over 100 interns, 30 percent of which converted into full-time employ opportunities.  Thus far in 2022, over 125 interns have been hosted, with expected growth in 2023.  If you’d like to be one of Guidewell’s next interns, go to https://careers.guidewell.com/us/en.

Internships Platforms

Colleges in Northeast Florida use various platforms such as Handshake, Symplicity and College Central Network to share internship opportunities with their students and alumni.  Schools may also make available this information through their Career Centers.  Check these resources frequently!  Collegiate internship experiences will help you better understand your field of study, personal skills, and interests.  Internships can be a game changer in your career pathway!

Internships by Industry

Regional companies are interested in meeting new talent.  Internships are an excellent way to explore an industry, type of job, or a specific company.  Internships offer valuable work experience and a chance to connect to industry professionals.  Internships are offered in a variety of formats, but they result in valuable learning and a chance for meaningful contribution.

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Advanced Manufacturing

I have the opportunity to be a part of the solution, which is very satisfying.

Christopher CarterAssociate Software Engineer, Forcura

Construction is rewarding...to see the progress and know that building a hospital for children will impact the community for years to come.

Erin VirginElectrician Apprentice

I can’t even describe the level of joy I’m feeling doing something that I know my dad’s so proud of.

Shannon BeechumFleet Readiness/SHR State Apprenticeship Student

My experiences with travel and being part of different cultures definitely helps me in my career today.

Kearra StreetSouthbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, Accounts Payable Specialist

Don't be afraid to try something new. If it makes you uncomfortable, you'll learn from it. Learning doesn't stop after high school.

Sarah MathisDirector of Fan Experience, Jacksonville Jaguars

You owe it to yourself to make sure you’re happy and find the things that excite you.

Noah EmmonsSoftware Engineering Consultant, Entreprenuer

Agriculture is everywhere. It’s the backbone of this country.

Kelly OehlerUniversity of Florida Graduate, Intern

With the training and experience I have gained through school and internships, I feel very confident in my skills and abilities as a cybersecurity professional and look forward to future opportunities throughout my career.

Sean O'NeillIntern, Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank

My internship provided insightful learning and understanding of what it means to be a member of the workforce.

Carolyn O'NealAssociate Software Engineer, Forcura

Shannon Beechum

SJR State Apprenticeship Program

Student's dream of being aircraft electrician takes flight Beechum benefits from SJR State's partnership with Fleet Readiness.

ORANGE PARK – Shannon Beechum's interest in airplanes and how they work inspired her dream of joining the Navy and becoming an aircraft electrician.

Although she didn't enlist in the Navy, Beechum, 19, is still living her dream of becoming an aircraft electrician via a partnership between St. Johns River State College and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, a program that began a year ago as SJR State and FRCSE sought a means for training the artisans of the future.

Through this hands-on, paid training opportunity, students begin at a rate of $15.60 an hour and are guaranteed a federal job upon completion of the program. The apprentices are prepared for trade jobs such as electronics mechanic, machinist, sheet metal mechanic, painting and aircraft mechanic.

I'm doing exactly what I wanted to do," said Beechum. "And I'm getting paid to go to school. It's unbelievable. It's a blessing.

Beechum attends classes at the Orange Park campus, and although the course content is challenging and keeps her quite busy, she remains thrilled about her career path and is grateful for the program's exceptional instructors as well as the tremendous support from her classmates. Beechum said that working together on the material with her classmates makes all the difference for her.

Another plus for Beechum is having daily, relatable conversations with her dad about the apprenticeship. Beechum's dad, Terry, retired from FRCSE after working for the company for nearly 40 years. He was the one who introduced his daughter to the apprenticeship. Beechum said it's hard to put into words what it means to her to be following in her dad's footsteps. "I can't even describe the level of joy I'm feeling doing something that I know my dad's so proud of," she said.

Beechum believes the apprenticeship program is also a wonderful opportunity for those not sure about their future. "I think it's great for people who aren't sure what they want to do in life, especially if the military was their intended route or they just have a simple interest in airplanes," she said. "You don't need any prior knowledge. You just submit an application, and they train you. It's definitely great for your future.

According to Anna Lebesch, Vice President of Talent Development at JAXUSA Partnership, "Advanced manufacturing, particularly in the area of aviation, is an industry that JAXUSA identified as one of our region's assets, needs and opportunities. Therefore, it is vital that we support new business and education partnerships, which strategically develop an ongoing talent pipeline. This program with FRCSE and SJR State is an excellent example of our region's employers, colleges and school districts working together to change the future of workforce development," Lebesch said.

For more information regarding the apprenticeship program, call FRCSE at (904) 790-7536 or email them at [email protected] For more information about additional engineering programs at SJR State, call 386-312-4232.

Erin Virgin

Electrical Apprentice at Electrical Training Alliance of Jacksonville

After studying at Eastern Illinois University and transferring to Southeast Missouri State University to complete a bachelor of science in Business Administration, as well as spending nearly a decade in the mortgage loan processing industry, Erin Virgin chose another career path. “I was ready for a change. I wanted to work with my hands. I felt that electricity would be an interesting and challenging career,” said Erin.

Erin is a third-year electrician apprentice at the Electrical Training Alliance of Jacksonville (ETA). This apprenticeship program offers work-based learning on site with veteran electricians as well as trade-related classroom and online learning. The program allows students to earn while they learn about the craft--all without incurring any debt.

Electrical professionals are employed in many capacities such as telephone and computer infrastructure, audio-visual installation, and electrical facility maintenance. According to etajax.org, electrical professionals “install, provide and maintain the backbone of power and information system’s needs.”

In 2018, Erin applied for and was accepted into the ETA’s apprenticeship program. Currently, she is halfway through her third year of a five-year program. Erin is working on a new construction build for Baptist Hospital, helping to build a Newborn Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (NICU/PICU). A typical day involves reporting to the job site at 7 AM and working 10 hours per day. This overtime is essential in completing the project. Erin also attends school twice a week in the evening.

Juggling this hectic schedule has its rewards, however. Erin enjoys the format, stating, “I really enjoy working in the field while going to school. I can directly apply what I am learning in the classroom on the job. Being involved in new construction is rewarding to see the progress and know your work building a hospital for children will impact the community for years to come.”

Making this career pathway change meant that Erin took a more physically demanding job rather than working at her computer desk each day. After some adjustment time, however, she truly enjoys a more active workday. Ultimately, the apprenticeship has opened many doors she hadn’t previously considered and has offered the chance to try several different aspects of electrical work. The future is exciting, as Erin has considered getting into solar and installing chargers for electric vehicles.

“I would encourage anyone, especially women, to get into the trade. It is a lot of hard work. Working full time and going to school isn’t easy, but you will be on a path to an amazing career. Being an electrician has so many different aspects to it, and the work is always changing and evolving with technology. It’s exciting to think about where this will lead in the future!”

At the completion of the apprenticeship, graduates receive 30 credits toward an AS degree in Industrial Management Technology at Florida State College of Jacksonville. So, individuals wishing to pursue a degree can leverage these credits toward developing their career pathway.

Christopher Carter

Forcura Associate Software Engineer

Internships are an excellent way to learn valuable work experience about your industry. Some students are also able to translate the internship experience into being a full-time employee as Christopher Carter did at Forcura, a leading healthcare technology company headquartered in Jacksonville.

A graduate of the University of North Florida, Carter is an Associate Software Engineer at Forcura. Originally from Sarasota, Carter stayed in Jacksonville to begin his career after earning a bachelor’s degree in information systems and turning his short-term internship at Forcura into a rewarding full-time position.

“Everything I’m doing at Forcura is impacting someone’s daily life and making life more efficient,” Carter said.

Forcura’s platform enables safer patient care transitions and more effective coordination. It improves continuity of care via technology and analytics, and it is driven by the company’s deep commitment to enabling better patient care. Carter's focus is on the company’s core software and platform, with goals of maintaining optimimal functionality to improve and enhance the user’s everyday workflow.

“My contributions help make the information flow smoother,” Carter said. “I have the opportunity to be a part of the solution, which is very satisfying.”

Carter learned about internships at Forcura from a friend at UNF. At Forcura, attracting and retaining top talent through innovation and company culture is a high priority. The company has a successful internship program and has converted 70% of its interns to full-time employees since 2018. Carter is pleased to begin his career in Jacksonville.

Carter’s interest in technology developed as a middle school student. He enjoyed tinkering with computers and programming, and built his own computer as part of a school project. Carter knew he wanted to follow an educational and career path in technology. He earned an associate degree at the State College of Florida in Sarasota before transferring to UNF, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.

Carter’s internship at Forcura revealed opportunities to share his technical background at a fast-paced company with a culture that thrives on collaboration and innovation. He says it was an invaluable experience that allowed him to begin developing his skills. Carter’s advice to other students is to work hard and take advantage of the opportunity for on-the-job training that an internship provides.

“It’s important to focus on the core concepts,” Carter said. “My internship provided the motivation to explore new ways of doing things, and it was very satisfying to work as part of a team.”

With remote learning required during his senior year due to the pandemic, Carter’s communication and interaction with industry professionals was limited. He was inspired by the Forcura internship because it offered the chance to network, receive feedback from colleagues and establish mentors. Carter wants to give back to UNF and would like to serve one day as a mentor to technology students.

“My internship was a critical step in my transition from school to my profession,” Carter said. “I want to make sure other students are getting the best learning experiences they can get before graduation.”

Carolyn O'Neal

Forcura Associate Software Engineer

Internships are becoming an increasingly essential tool for finding full-time employment. In addition to learning on-the-job skills, Carolyn O’Neal, MSHI, maximized the internship experience to establish herself as a valuable team player at Forcura, a leading healthcare technology company headquartered in Jacksonville.

“There’s a big learning curve in the transition from bachelor’s degree to master’s degree to professional employment,” O’Neal said. “My internship provided insightful learning and understanding of what it means to be a member of the workforce.”

O’Neal, an Associate Software Engineer at Forcura, earned a master’s degree in Health Informatics and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Cyber Security from Jacksonville University. Attending as a student-athlete on a softball scholarship, the Tampa-area native used her studies at JU to feed her passion for computers and technology before advancing into full-time employment at Forcura.

“What we do at Forcura is extremely rewarding,” O’Neal said. “It helps providers and patients going through care with software that saves time and money.”

Forcura improves continuity of care via technology, analytics and a deep commitment to enabling better patient care. The Forcura suite of tools facilitates safer patient care transitions and more effective coordination among post-acute health care organizations, physicians, electronic health records (EHRs) and other supporting technology vendors.

O’Neal’s internship at Forcura was the perfect fit to complete her master’s degree in Health Informatics, a relatively new, interdisciplinary field in the healthcare industry that uses information technology to organize and analyze health records to improve healthcare outcomes. She learned about the opportunity from a friend, who is a Forcura employee, and discovered the internship aligned with her interests in healthcare and technology.

“We are empowering patient care with the best technology and information available,” O’Neal said. “It has a real and powerful impact on people’s lives.”

Colleagues recognized O’Neal’s professionalism, dedication and positive contributions during the internship, and the company extended an offer to become a full-time employee. At Forcura, attracting and retaining top talent through innovation and company culture is a high priority. The company has a successful internship program and has converted 70% of its interns to full-time employees since 2018.

O’Neal’s focus is data flow, ensuring that Forcura’s components connect and the information can get where it is needed to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. Her interest in computers and technology emerged as a student in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at Buchanan Middle School in Tampa. Engineering was her favorite class and it inspired her interest in pursuing a technology career. O’Neal is proud to be a young female leader in the STEM field and hopes to help equalize the gender gap. She aspires to return to the classroom as a mentor or teacher, empowering young children to recognize the opportunities in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future.

“Don’t be intimidated by the technology,” O’Neal said. “Anyone who works hard and likes a challenge can enjoy a career in computer science or software engineering.”

Kearra Street

Accounts Payable Specialist, Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk

Kearra Street grew up in a military household, moving every four to five years. At age 10, Kearra moved to Okinawa Japan, where she pursued her middle and high school studies. After graduating from Kubaski High School, she moved to Florida to join her mom who had already relocated to the United States.

Kearra was determined to study Business Administration with a concentration in Communications in college. However, after speaking with an admissions counselor at Keiser University, her career pathways plans quickly changed. The counselor suggested that, because of her personality, she may wish to pursue a degree in Hospitality Management. Kearra then spoke with an instructor. After several days of additional consideration, she opted for Hospitality Management. Of this change, Kearra says, "It took me on a much better path--better suited to me. I've met so many wonderful people and have had great experiences."

At Keiser, Kearra further explored the hospitality industry via an internship at the Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk. There, she was immersed in a new department each week. Unbeknownst to her, this experience would provide excellent cross-training for her future job. When her internship led to time spent in the Accounting Department, she was hooked. "I thought I would gravitate toward sales, but I love the numbers in accounting and seeing how all parts of the hotel work together."

Once her internship concluded, Kearra and a classmate chose to stay at the Southbank Hotel to work in the Banquet Department. She saw the innerworkings of back of the house operations and got to know many people individually. Then, a part-time opportunity opened in the Accounting Department which gradually led to a full-time position. Today, Kearra is an Accounts Payable Specialist.

Kearra graduated with an Associate of Science in Hospitality Management from Keiser University in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality Management.

Kearra emphasizes that working in a hotel involves much more than cleaning a room and providing a check in key. Being people-friendly, adaptable and impeccably organized is critical. Her specialty involves accounting and the ability to navigate the multiple internal computer systems used by the Southbank Hotel. Recalling where specific information is housed is also essential.

"I thought I was organized, but I found a better way to prioritize and track my work." One of her adaptations includes using a daily planner. As a result, month end reports due to corporate and pending vendor bills are all completed and processed timely. Kearra says, "It's important to find something you enjoy. You're crunching numbers but you're also maintaining relationships with vendors, colleagues and individuals at the corporate level."

Kearra's childhood experiences afforded her many opportunities to find home in the world. Now, she is centered in Jacksonville and has found another home in the hospitality industry. She notes, "My experiences with travel and being part of different cultures definitely helps me in my career today."

Sarah Mathis

Director of Fan Experience, Jacksonville Jaguars

Sarah Mathis grew up in Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. A competitive and energetic person by nature, Sarah played a range of sports throughout her life from basketball and volleyball to softball and dance. Today, these same characteristics have driven her professional success.

After high school, Sarah moved to Florida to attend Flagler College and obtain a BS in Sport Management. She was thrilled to learn that a personal passion of hers translated into a degree program. At Flagler College, she studied sports management and promotion, sport finance and law, as well as facility and event management.

While in her junior year, Sarah began an internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of only 32 National Football League franchises. She worked game days and enjoyed the camaraderie, spontaneity and challenge of the various tasks involved. Sarah was exposed to a variety of volunteer activities while in college, but this environment was a favorite.

As a college senior, Sarah took a semester long internship in the spring with the Washington Redskins, her original “home town” team. This resume-builder, combined with her previous Jaguars internship experience, positioned her to return to Jacksonville and seek full time employment with the Jaguars after graduating from Flagler College in April 2011. Although her first role with the team was still considered an internship, she “put in her time” which led to a position in the ticket office.

Since that time, Sarah’s career has prospered with the team and she is now the Jaguars Director of Fan Experience. She is responsible for ensuring all fans are prepared to come to the stadium, training staff on how to create a stellar game day experience, creating policy, and communicating with season ticket holders. Now in her 13th season with the Jaguars, Sarah emphasizes that there is no typical workday. Working at the stadium requires knowledge of multiple operational facets as well as who to go to for efficient answers.

“We wear many hats in the Fan Experience Department,” said Sarah. “Recently, that meant I helped roll out the field tarp on game day because of rain. Whatever it takes, we’ll do.” Sarah said.

The most rewarding aspect of her role is the relationships she creates, from internal staff to front-line team members to the fans. That fun, dynamic energy is what keeps her staff returning and fans excited about each new football season.

“You get out what you put in,” said Sarah. “I put my heart and soul into it. I perform at my highest level and stick out tough situations. It may not always be easy, but it will be worth it.”
Working in the Sports and Recreation pathway offers many options. Sarah emphasized that at the Jaguars there are roles in ticket operations and sales, marketing, finance, IT, corporate sponsorship, events, public relations, recruiting, as well as the legal team and the Jaguars Foundation.

For more information, check out: https://www.jaguars.com/careers.

Kelly Oehler

University of Florida Graduate/Intern

“I want to show a steer in the County Fair,” Kelly Oehler told her parents one evening. Kelly’s interest was a result of a seventh-grade agriculture class at Wilkinson Junior High in Clay County. Her teacher, Mr. Johnson, mention steer and pig weigh-ins for some of the other students. Kelly was intrigued. Her parents were open to the possibility. The family had moved from Fleming Island to Middleburg and homesteaded on 34 acres to accommodate Kelly and her sister’s love of horses. The steer could accompany the family’s horses, chickens, and miniature donkeys.

This moment helped set Kelly on a career pathway that she once just considered a hobby. With the help of experts in the community, Kelly learned how to groom and show a steer. While she was sad when the steer was sold at auction, her interest didn’t diminish. In fact, she showed steer for six years.

At Middleburg High School, Kelly was involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA), which was her all-consuming extra-curricular activity. Kelly served as the secretary and president of her school’s chapter. Kelly was involved in placing in and judging various state contests from poultry to ornamental horticulture, learning skills like propagation of begonias via leaf cuttings. Participation in FFA also allowed Kelly to teach kindergarteners through Food for America. Once a month, she would teach students different agriculture lessons, from making butter, to planting flowers, to understanding egg embryology.

Kelly grew up loving all aspects of agriculture, but she didn’t anticipate that this would be her career pathway. After high school, Kelly pursued an Associate degree from Santa Fe College while working full time. She interned at the Jacksonville Zoo, intending to enroll in the University of Florida’s (UF) Zoology program. She pivoted from this program of study, encouraged to change her major to Animal Science. In the interim, she continued full time work for several years at the University Air Center adjacent to the Gainesville Regional Airport. Ultimately, she realized her current role did not offer growth potential and the love of ag hadn’t diminished. “I learned that we don’t all take the same pathway and it’s okay.” She enrolled at UF to study Animal Science. The degree has three concentrations: Animal Biology, Food Animal, and Equine. Kelly selected the Food Animal area of focus.

Once Kelly returned to school full time, she continued to keep a full-time work schedule saying, “If you really try, you can do it.” The commitment and enthusiasm needed to maintain such an intensive regimen resulted in Kelly’s graduation following the Spring 2020 semester with a bachelor’s in Animal Science and a minor in Agribusiness Management and Sales. She now joins her grandmother, mother, and sister as UF alumni.

As part of her program, Kelly was required to take an introduction to meats class. After doing so, she selected other classes such as meat processing, selection and grading, processing, evaluation, and food safety. Kelly’s education has provided many industry lessons. She said, “There are so many untrue facts about how the industry is represented as well as how products are marketed.” An avid proponent of the Farm to Table movement, Kelly indicated that sometimes consumers are provided half the narrative. For example, packaging indicating that chickens aren’t treated with any growth hormones isn’t newsworthy. In fact, it isn’t legal to give any chicken in the United States any kind of growth hormone. “Cage free” still involves chickens being raised in massive barns.

Kelly intended to intern with Tyson Foods in Illinois this summer prior to its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, she secured a part-time internship at the UF’s Meat Lab. While initially disappointing, the smaller operation offered Kelly the opportunity to engage in all aspects of production from humane kill to slaughter wrapping and customer service via the UF Meat Store. Kelly notes that a USDA Inspector is on site to ensuring that the Humane Slaughter Act protocols are in place. One experience involved making bacon from over 80 animals, seeing the process from smokehouse to slicing.

Kelly said most people assume her degree is specific to pre-veterinary studies. However, her degree allows her to work in extension education, agribusiness management, and agricultural operations management. She can pursue a government job, such as a USDA Inspector. Kelly is particularly interested in jobs such as Food Safety Inspection Agent, specializing in import and export products. She says, “Agriculture is everywhere. It’s the backbone of this country. Thousands of animals help feed everyone each day. This is a way of life that has sustained generations of people.”

Sean O'Neill

Intern, Citi Bank and Deutsche Bank

Sean O’Neill is a third-year student at Florida State University, who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. As a graduate of the St. Johns County’s Creekside High School, Sean has taken advantage of multiple internship opportunities over recent years. These internships have all occurred in Jacksonville, at Fortune 500 companies such as Citibank and Deutsche Bank, along with local Jacksonville start-ups like OnDefend. These internships were focused on cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing fields globally, and helped Sean to learn valuable skills that can’t be taught in the classroom.

Internships are highly beneficial work-based learning opportunities. Sean is able to apply what he has learned in the classroom to real-world situations and gain hands on experience from seasoned industry professionals. These experiences have proven extremely valuable for Sean, who states, “With the training and experience I have gained through school and internships, I feel very confident in my skills and abilities as a cybersecurity professional and look forward to future opportunities throughout my career.”

Sean has proven himself to be a skilled contributor to the workforce, garnering praise from colleagues and industry experts. His LinkedIn profile features this quote from a former supervisor: “Sean worked as an intern for me over the summer. He showed true leadership skills, quickly grasped the cyber security skills to have a successful career in the future and was a true asset to the company even as an intern.” From the knowledge gained through his collegiate studies and internships, to the cybersecurity industry certifications and other independent training, he has generated a wealth of experience to prepare him for his future career as a cybersecurity professional within the financial services sector.

Noah Emmons

Software Engineering Consultant, Entreprenuer

Entrepreneur Noah Emmons appreciates that fear of failure can play an important role in advancing your understanding and knowledge of information technology.

“Success is equal to failing less,” said Emmons, a software engineering consultant who discovered the Jacksonville region is a dynamic hub for technology development and employment.

“Technology is complicated, intimidating and daunting, and learning it can be scary,” Emmons said. “In time, you have a better understanding and become more comfortable with the unknown. I’m drawn to activities where you have to fail before you can advance.”

As a youth growing up in Fernandina Beach, Emmons enjoyed computer games and had an interest in knowing more about the people behind game development. At 12, he didn’t hesitate to reach out to more than 40 industry professionals via email. He made a connection with three.

“I formed friendships with people who eventually became mentors,” Emmons said. “It’s important to surround yourself with likeminded individuals who make you feel comfortable.”

A 2017 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, Emmons discovered his passion for technology and software development in the Nassau County School District’s Java Programming and Application Development curriculum at the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Career Center.

The Nassau County School District program, led by Director of Career Education Brent Lemond and instructor Kalvin Thompson, provides students with software development training using the latest technologies. The program’s advisory board includes local business partners, such as feature [23], Wells Fargo and CSX, who provide guidance on curriculum and assist with placement and other student opportunities.

As a student, Emmons demonstrated initiative and drive for learning advanced topics and applying them quickly. He also worked hard to expand his skillset beyond normal expectations. Those qualities help Emmons secure an internship at Jacksonville-based software developer feature [23], which led to a full-time software engineer position at the company.

As part of the feature [23] software engineering team, Emmons gained experience in a wide range of domains including distribution, logistics, trading, sales and more, and honed his skills with C#, SQL Server, Azure, React, Angular, and other domain-specific technologies.

“I worked on projects I enjoyed,” Emmons said. “It didn’t feel like I was working.”
After spending nearly five years with feature [23], Emmons recently stepped out on his own as a software engineering consultant. He offers a variety of services designed for both start-ups and established businesses including new product development.
“With all of the opportunities that are out there, going out on my own is the right next step for me,” Emmons said. “I find myself at my best when I am challenged to learn new domains, whether they are business or technical.”

Emmons has risen quickly in his career because he is curious, enthusiastic and has an insatiable desire to learn. He encourages others to find and pursue their passions.
“If you don’t have the initiative, work can be a grind,” Emmons said. “You owe it to yourself to make sure you’re happy and find the things that excite you.”