Given the recent events, check out this resource – Internships: Prepare for the Unexpected.
An internship is much more than a job. It’s an experiential learning opportunity (typically one semester in length) related to your field of study that emphasizes “on-the-job” training. Other names for experiential learning are student teaching, practicum, co-op, study abroad, or service learning. Some internships are unpaid, but our program strives to promote paid opportunities. An internship or other experience is required in some degree programs, but even if it’s not a requirement you may be able to get credit for it. Check with your academic advisor and internship coordinator to determine your situation. If your internship is completed for credit, there will be specific requirements set by your academic department that must be met. Regardless of your major, an internship is an extremely valuable opportunity and every UNT student is encouraged to complete at least one. To get started, meet with your Internship Coordinator, review the resources on this page, check out the Internship FAQs, and watch the Internships: Student Testimonial Videos and Internships 101 video below.
Internship Team – Find Your Internship Coordinator and Schedule an Appointment
- Aaron Anderson, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Science; Health and Public Service; and Education
- Corey Davidson, Mayborn School of Journalism
- Caroline Frey, Engineering; Information; Music; Visual Arts and Design; and Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
- G. Brint Ryan College of Business – Brian Hirsch, Accounting and Personal Selling, Destiny Price, BCIS and Business Analytics, Dee Wilson, Marketing and Management Beth Kent, Real Estate, Logistics, Operations, Risk Management and Financial Services
- UNT at Frisco students including BAAS, Roxy Verrelli
The Value of Internships
One advantage of completing an internship is that employers prefer to hire graduates who’ve gained hands-on experience related to their major. Other benefits are that it:
|Extends your classroom learning into a real-world setting.||Provides the opportunity to reinforce your choice of major and career path.|
|Allows you to gain practical experience and transferable skills by working in a professional environment.||Gives you a competitive advantage in the job market because of the knowledge and skills you develop in the position.|
|Helps you develop a network of professional contacts in your career field.||Provides insight into your future career.|
Finding an Internship
Many employers are looking for students to complete internships. Check out some of the currently available positions here, and filter the list by your college. A complete list of current internship opportunities is available in Handshake. After you log in to Handshake, you can filter for internships. In addition, your internship coordinator can give you some ideas to help you find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity.
There are opportunities for students to participate in internships abroad. Keep in mind that while these are great opportunities, there are more costs involved (airfare, fees for collaborating agencies, room & board, etc.) than a typical internship and credit may not be available. To view the available international internships, log in to Handshake and go to Search Jobs. Click on the International Internships position type and start your search. These positions are made available with the help of UNT’s Study Abroad Office.
Alternatives to the Traditional Internship
In addition to a typical internship, there are other ways for you to gain experience and learn about a particular company or profession. This resource, Internship Alternatives, explains some of the opportunities. Two examples are InsideSherpa and Parker Dewey, which are highlighted in the video and information below.
- InsideSherpa is a virtual work experience program. What does that mean? As a student, you can engage in online simulations of the work done at leading companies. Any student, regardless of university degree, prior experience, location or year group, can experience working at some of the world’s top firms. This opportunity is free for students through our partnership with InsideSherpa.
- Parker Dewey is a competitive opportunity for college students and recent graduates to complete short-term, paid, professional assignments in a completely virtual setting. It has proven to be a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to demonstrate their skills, gain applied experience, and build their professional portfolios as they seek the right full-time role or internship. This account is free through the UNT partnership with Parker Dewey.
Additional Sources for Internship Opportunities
Additional Internship Information
- Report your experience! After you complete an internship, student teaching, practicum, co-op, study abroad, or service learning, it’s important to complete this form.
- Learn about Internships and Financial Aid and Scholarship Eligibility
- Internship Information for International Students
- Internships – Frequently Asked Questions