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 Specialist 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 Specialist, review the resources on this page, check out the Internship FAQs, and watch the Internships: Student Testimonial Videos and Internships 101 video below.
Undergraduate Students – Program Requirements and Who to Contact
Applied Arts and Sciences
Students completing a major in Applied Arts and Sciences have the option to complete an internship as part of their degree program.
Registration is by permission of the New College Advisor.
The student must have the internship lined up, including a supervisor, before registering.
The internship should be directly useful to strengthening the student’s learning related to their major/concentrations, not just as a convenient way to get additional credit hours.
The student will need 65 hours of documented, supervised work (paid or unpaid) for each credit hour (130 for 2 credit hours, 195 for 3 credit hours, etc.). The student can receive up to 6 credit hours from an internship.
A zero credit hour option is also available, in which the internship shows on the transcript, but does not earn additional credit hours towards the degree.
At most 3 hours of internship can be applied towards a concentration or focus area.
If the internship is to be with the current employer, the work must be fundamentally different from the student’s regular paid position and be done above and beyond the regular work time.
Find an internship opportunity and apply via your advisor, completing the internship form your advisor will give you.
For assistance, contact Megan Namayi, Career Coach at UNT at Frisco.
Unpaid Internship Scholarship
Do you have an unpaid internship? The UNT Career Center is offering scholarships for undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The intention of the scholarship is to encourage and support experiential learning opportunities that help students prepare for their careers. Learn more about the Unpaid Internship Scholarship.
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 Specialist 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 Forage and Parker Dewey, which are highlighted in the video and information below.
Forageis 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 Forage.
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.