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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

internship Program and Procedures


Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in an internship class. This class enables students to receive credit for one of four types of internship opportunities, each of which involves roughly eight hours of practicum work per week.


  • Field Internship – allows students to intern, on a volunteer, no-pay basis, in community agencies.
  • Fieldwork-Cooperative – allows students to work in for-profit business contexts, often earning some wages.
  • Directed Research – allows students to gain research experience assisting professors with their studies.
  • Teaching Internship – offers students instructional experience by assisting professors with undergraduate instruction.



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  • Class size is limited. Submit an internship registration form as soon as you are sure you would like to intern. This secures your spot on the application list. You will receive an email in your UT Dallas account within one week of submitting the registration form. This serves as your written permission to be enrolled in the course. If you do not receive this email, contact the Internship Coordinator.
  • Each student is responsible for securing his or her own internship. For a complete list of potential internship sites, please contact Internship Coordinator Simone Jackson. After you have called agencies and secured an internship, inform the Internship Coordinator of the site you have chosen.
  • You may not register for this class on your own. The Internship Coordinator will register you for the class at the end of the semester, prior to the semester that you have indicated that you would like to take the course.
  • Students who drop the class less than 3 weeks before the semester starts will not be guaranteed a spot in the class the following semester. They will automatically be placed on a wait list for the following semester and allowed in the class only as space permits.


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Internship Benefits


Internships give you an opportunity to apply your classroom experiences in a practical manner. You will gain valuable experience, professional skills and networking opportunities, which will help you succeed in your future career. Internships are also excellent ways to strengthen your resume for jobs and graduate school applications.


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Program Requirements


  • The program is only open to undergraduate juniors and seniors.
  • Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to enroll in the course.
  • All registered interns should begin work at their agencies by the first week of semester classes. Hours begin to accumulate at this time.
  • Students must work eight hours per week. Any required agency training counts toward the weekly eight hours.
  • Students must keep a daily diary of on-the-job internship experiences, attend a monthly class at UT Dallas, and turn in three summaries of three journal articles that pertain to work at the agency at the end of the semester.
  • The course grade is Credit or No Credit.
  • Internship enrollment of students who work a full-time job is strongly not advised. There are not enough hours in the day to accommodate class schedules, work, internship agency hours and the meetings at UT Dallas.


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Types of Internships



  • Youth and adult social and educational development agencies like schools and the YMCA
  • Child abuse, domestic violence and rape crisis shelters, intervention, counseling and prevention programs.
  • Child, teen and young adult crisis counseling, intervention and residence programs.
  • AIDS/HIV counseling and support services.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse counseling and prevention programs.
  • Poor, homeless and indigent services, counseling and support programs.
  • Multi-purpose human provider programs that provide counseling, public relations and research assistance.
  • Child and adolescent psychiatric programs.
  • Neuropsychological and neurocognitive assessment agencies
  • Programs for re-training developmentally challenged, delayed and brain injury clients.
  • Suicide intervention.
  • Senior citizen services.
  • Many more agencies, including those you contact directly.


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Internship Resources



Documents to be completed by student and brought to the first class meeting:

Helpful Information

Indemnification Form

Internship Information Form



Volunteer Center of North Texas


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Program Contact


Internship Coordinator

Simone Jackson


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