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Intensive Summer Internship Program in Leesburg

Beacon’s unique Career Immersion Program (CIP) offers an 80-hour supervised, professional internship within local driving or walking distance from Beacon College. Serving as the nexus between learning and practice, students spend three weeks in May earning their required internship hours in their major through one of our CIP partners in Central Florida.

In the Field

Computer Information Systems major Zayvien Jones works on a project with a NetCOM Div27 mentor during the 2023 Career Immersion Program.

Javier Escudero cares for one of the dozens of lemur primates rescued by the Chase Sanctuary during his summer internship through the 2023 Beacon Career Immersion Program.

“The CIP internship is a wonderful experience, and I recommend it very strongly,” said Benjamin Strauss of his 2023 CIP internship at First Bump Media. “It was definitely worth three weeks of my summer.”

CIP students toured the Think In Print Shop with its owners to learn more about the design and production process for a variety of client projects and marketing collateral.

About the Program

Beacon’s Career Center staff provides up to 12 hours of career coaching to each CIP student throughout the program. Strategic student support is achieved through small group onboarding sessions, weekly onsite observations, and regular, daily check-ins with every student and CIP Partner.

Students learn to become self-sufficient through their practice in goal setting, career exploration, problem-solving, and effective communication — all critical skills for a successful transition into the workplace.

In addition to the professional development and experience of each internship site, the program includes several professional networking events, daily meetings with career center staff, and a community service project to establish the importance of team building and care for our local Leesburg community.

What are the dates?

May 13–31, 2024: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What is the cost?

$2,590 includes room, board, daily travel to the internship site, required CIP polos, all program materials and fees including professional headshots, the off-site CIP Partner Meet and Greet (luncheon), and final CIP Recognition Event (early dinner) for students and their families.

How many internships are available?

For each academic major, at least one internship partner will be available. Each internship site can accept up to five Beacon students. Students learn from their internship partner on the first day of the CIP program.

Application Requirements

Submit the application form and provide a resume, two letters of recommendation, and complete a virtual interview at the Career Center using Big Interview.


Open to all Beacon students, but rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores receive priority.

Application Acceptance

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should apply as soon as possible.

Professional Partners

In 2023, CIP partners included: Cat Protection Society, Chase Rescue Sanctuary, Fistbump Media, Inc., Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter, Leesburg Historical Society & Museum, Leesburg Center for the Arts, PowerOne (and supporting partners NetCOM Div27 and Data Graphics), and The Brownwood Hotel and Spa. CIP also created a dual partnership between Beacon College Career Center and Think In Print Store in which Web and Digital Media majors developed print collateral that the Career Center exhibits at national conferences to cultivate new partnerships for Beacon College internships and early careers for Beacon graduates.


Contact Information

Melissa Bradley

Director of Center for Career Preparation


Chealsie Curts

Coordinator of Career Advisement


Jennifer Turton

Career Advisor


Brianna Rivera

Program Assistant


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