Internships


What is an internship?

An internship is an experiential learning opportunity to gain professional experience and to apply academic learning within a practical setting. It is also a long interview. The employer has several weeks to review the quality of your work and to determine your cultural fit.

Why complete an internship?

  • Solidify your career interests and career path
  • Increase professional connections
  • Develop technical skills
  • Receive academic credit
  • Enhance your resume

  • Eligibility and Process
  • Finding an Internship
  • Academic Credit
  • International Students

Eligibility

  • Be registered and currently enrolled in a UT Dallas academic, degree-seeking program with a declared major.
  • Be in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students.)
  • Have completed at least one semester at UT Dallas. In addition, undergraduate students must have at least 24 hours completed (including transfer hours) and graduate students must have at least 6 hours completed. (You may begin the internship process if you anticipate being eligible the following semester.)
  • Meet any additional requirements or conditions imposed by your academic department or school.
  • Students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science must contact the IPP office for internships and do not need to complete the Career Center’s internship process.

PLEASE NOTE:

Graduate students are not eligible for an internship in the same semester they are working as a Teaching Assistant or a Research Assistant.

Process

  1. HIREJSOM

  2. ORIENTATION

    • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Complete the Online Internship Information Session.
      1. Log in your eLearning account
      2. Check under “My Organizations” section
      3. Find “Internship Seminar” and click on it
        • If the seminar is not visible, email (using your utdallas.edu address) the UTD Internship Program and provide your Net ID with your request to register.
      4. On the next window, download the internship seminar handout from Item #1 and download the handout related to your school from Item #2
      5. Acknowledge that you completed the previous step by clicking on the prompt
      6. Complete presentation and the quiz following it. It should take approximately 30 minutes
      7. Lastly, complete the digital Student Agreement Form and submit it. You must agree to abide by the policies outlined on the Student Agreement form, otherwise your form will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to participate in the Internship Program.
    • Students on an F-1 Visa: Complete a CPT Information Session.
      1. Log in to your eLearning account
      2. Check under “My Organizations” section
      3. Find “CPT Seminar” and click on it
      4. On the next window:
        • Download the internship seminar handout from Item #1
        • Download the handout related to your school from Item #2
      5. Acknowledge that you completed the previous step by clicking on the prompt
      6. You will complete:
        • Module 1 and the quiz following it
        • Module 2 and the quiz following it
        • You MUST complete both sets of the quizzes and earn 100% on each before you can access the Student Agreement Form. The total time should take approximately 45 minutes
      7. Lastly, complete the digital Student Agreement Form and submit it. You must agree to abide by the policies outlined on the Student Agreement form, otherwise your form will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to participate in the Internship Program
    • After you have completed the appropriate orientation and submitted your Student Agreement Form, an Internship Coordinator will send you an email to confirm your eligibility for internships and update your HireJSOM account to view internships.
  3. REPORT

    • Once you have accepted an internship, report it in HireJSOM by clicking on the “Report an Internship” link.
  4. APPOINTMENT

    • Your Internship Coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment to complete the process, including the registration for academic credit or transcript notation and any additional required paperwork.

PLEASE NOTE:

Completing the process and meeting the requirements for the internship program does not guarantee an internship. Employers make the final hiring decisions.

Finding an Internship

Searching for and obtaining an appropriate internship may not be a quick process. We encourage you to begin searching for internships at least one full semester in advance of when you would like to start. You are encouraged to utilize as many resources as possible in searching for an appropriate internship position.

  • HireJSOM
  • Other Resources, including but not limited to Indeed, LinkedIn, company websites

HireJSOM, hosted by the JSOM Career Management Center, is one place for you to search for internship positions. We work with many employers to post a variety of positions for students in all JSOM majors.

Students will only have access to internships in HireJSOM after attending an Internship or CPT Information Session. To search for internships in HireJSOM.

  • Log in to your HireJSOM account
  • Scroll over to the “Opportunities” tab on the menu bar
  • Select Internship/Co-op Jobs
  • You will see a list of internship opportunities
  • Click on the Job ID and read the job description and qualifications carefully
  • Submit your resume ONLY to those positions for which you are ELIGIBLE, QUALIFIED, and HAVE AN INTEREST. There may be internships that you are eligible and qualified to apply for, but are of no interest to you.

Remember, you MUST report your internship in HireJSOM when you have accepted a position. If you have received an internship offer but have never attended an Internship or CPT Information Session, please contact us immediately to find out the next steps.

Academic Credit

You have the option to pursue academic credit for an internship. Internship Coordinators can help you determine the process for getting academic credit through your major or department. If you are not eligible for credit or are not interested in this option, getting a transcript notation is another way to have an internship officially recognized by the university.

Please note:
International students on an F-1 visa are required to be enrolled for internship credit to gain approval for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Please see the International Students section of this website for more information.

Academic Credit

If interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship you must pursue this option in advance of beginning the internship. Internships may be taken for upper-level or general elective credit depending on your degree program requirements. When you attend an Internship or CPT Information Session, you will be given information on the requirements and the process for getting internship credit approved through your major or school.

Be sure to read your course syllabus for details on assignments.

Transcript Notation

If you are not eligible or not interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship you may opt instead for a transcript notation. A transcript notation is an official note on the UT Dallas transcript that shows an internship was completed. Getting a transcript notation is a simple process with many valuable outcomes. These include:

  • Receive official university recognition for your internship.
  • Employers, graduate, and professional schools will know that your completed internship was supported by the university.
  • The university can advocate for you if there are any problems at the internship site.

If interested in having a transcript notation for an internship experience you must complete all steps as described in Eligibility and Process, a short reflection paper, and internship evaluations at the end of the semester. The Internship Coordinator will have you complete a brief form to request the notation.

International Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a structured educational program which combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to a student’s academic program. CPT is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis in a U.S. university for at least one academic year. The work experience must be integral to your established curriculum.

Completion of the CPT Information Session is REQUIRED for those seeking to participate in an internship. You will need to complete this session prior to meeting with an Internship Coordinator.

Current CPT Sample Letter is found by logging in your HireJSom > Resource Library > Career Center Internship Forms folder.

Please review the frequently asked questions below and the ISSO website.

IT IS UNETHICAL TO CONTINUE TO INTERVIEW FOR POSITIONS ONCE YOU HAVE ACCEPTED AN ASSIGNMENT (whether paid or unpaid).

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