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Internships and Placement


Family Business students are required to work in a family business other than their own family's business or a business that consults to family enterprises. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with the skills, credentials, and experience to aid in their professional development. The overall goal is to increase their marketability and their feeling of self worth.

By working in a family business other than their own, they experience what it is like to be a non-family employee that is required to earn their credibility and must act responsibly and professionally. They can also build off their knowledge of family systems and see how other family businesses are similar and different to their own. This internship program helps our students gain valuable experience in the workplace and explore the different dynamics of family enterprises.


"As important as the life plan was in helping me realize who I am and what I value, it was just as impactful in the job placement process. I was able to translate my values, skills, and objectives from the life plan into a vision of the career I wanted for myself, and used that vision as the criteria against which I evaluated potential employers. This freed me from evaluating potential jobs based upon the salary offer alone, and allowed me to find the company that was offering an opportunity that best aligned with what I valued. Five years later, I not only am with the same company, but was recently made a partner in the business."

Trevor Whitley, CFA, AIF®

Partner, Financial Advisor

Marquis Wealth Management Group

"Coming to workforce with a dual major in Marketing and Family Business was like having a combination of Michael Jordan's dynamic on-court abilities and personal sense of direction that was sought after by his fans, sponsors and teammates alike. The Family Business Dual Major gives you an advantage culturally and competitively in corporate America."

Alexandra Aldrich, Class of 2010

Group Sales Account Executive

New Orleans Hornets NBA

Past Family Business Internships

800 Adept
Altamonte Springs, FL

A. Duda & Sons
Oviedo, FL

All Florida Title
Lake Mary, FL

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
Daytona Beach, FL

Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank
Ft. Pierce, FL

Custom Prints, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL

J. Christy's
Minocqua, WI

Kermit's Key West Lime Shoppe
DeLand, FL

Kiesler's Firearms and Accessories
Jeffersonville, IN

Kindred Spirits
Orlando, FL

Learning Express
Boca Raton, FL

McFarland's Carriage House - Ethan Allen
Ormond Beach, FL

Mercedes Homes
Orange City, FL

Merrill Lynch
DeLand, FL

Millennium Metals, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

R & R Industries
Daytona Beach, FL

Seaside Music Theater
Daytona Beach, FL

Seiller Waterman, LLC
Louisville, KY

Southern General
Atlanta, GA

Surgical Direct
DeLand, FL

W. Jackson & Sons Construction Co.
Pompano Beach, FL