Online Internship Information Session

Please read the following internship program information.

Upon successful completion of the session and the quiz that follows, enter your name and major as directed. You will then be presented with a link to download the Student Agreement Form to complete and give to your Career Consultant.
If you are an International Student on an F-1 visa, you must attend a CPT Information Session in person. It is not necessary to complete this online session.

Online Internship Information Session

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our Online Internship Information Session! Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Read through all of the following information and answer the questions in the quiz that comes at the end. This entire session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  2. Once you've answered ALL the quiz questions correctly, fill out your name and major as requested.
  3. You will then be presented with a link to download the Student Agreement Form to complete and give to your Career Consultant.
  4. Within 2-3 business days, your Career Consultant will send an email to the address in your CometCareers account to confirm internship eligibility.

Attention International Students

  • You are required to attend a CPT Information Session in person. Information that you need related to CPT and work authorization will NOT be found in this online session.
  • View the Career Center Seminar Schedule on our website to find the next CPT Information Session.
  • You will NOT be able to move forward in the CPT process until you've attended a CPT Session!
  • Attention ECS students! Please do not complete this seminar, contact the Industrial Practice Programs (IPP) in ECS South 2.506.

Seminar Option

This online session takes the place of attending a regular Internship Information Session. However, we do encourage in-person attendance so you can benefit from interaction with a Career Consultant and other students. If you would prefer to attend in person, view the Career Center Seminar Schedule for available dates and times.

Purpose of This Session

  • Define and explain the importance of internships
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Process for getting registered with internship program
  • Importance of resume and interview preparation
  • Searching for an internship
  • Academic credit & transcript notation options
  • Questions?

What is an Internship?

Definition:

Internships provide the opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical work experiences related to their academic and/or career goals. The primary focus of internships is EDUCATIONAL in nature.

Why are internships important?

Personally

  • Prepare for life after graduation
  • Improve your human relations skills
  • Boost your maturity and self-confidence
  • Enjoy greater clarity about future career decisions

Financially

  • May help cover college expenses

Why are internships important?

Professionally

  • Explore a potential career field
  • Develop career-related skills and abilities (e.g. effective job search, resume writing and interviewing)
  • Establish a work history
  • Observe professional people and behavior
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Gain competitive edge for employment or graduate school applications

What is a QUALITY internship assignment?

  • Related to your major and level in school
  • Is located in a commercial office space, not a home office and not a virtual/remote working environment
  • Provides ongoing supervision, guidance, and feedback
  • Incorporates an intentional "learning agenda"
  • Requires only the "usual amount" of "grunt work" or repetitive tasks similar to a professional in the field
  • Offers meaningful opportunities to build/improve skills

Why do employers value internships?

  • Source of highly motivated, well-prepared short-term employees
  • Increased name recognition of the employer at UT Dallas
  • Labor and skills available to complete special projects
  • Fresh approach to an existing problem
  • Facilitate partnerships between the employer & UT Dallas
  • Cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential long-term employees

Preparation for an internship search

Research

  • Learn about industry specific companies of interest, types of jobs available, requirements.

Resume

  • It must be PROOFED and CRITIQUED! This is your first impression to the employer.
  • Attend a resume seminar and visit a RESUME EDITOR.

Interviewing Skills

  • Know how to sell yourself in an interview.
  • Attend an interview seminar and participate in a MOCK INTERVIEW.

How do you find an internship?

  • CometCareers – Jobs and Internships; Jobs with Interview Schedules
    • Note: CometCareers is NOT the only way to find a position! Students who utilize multiple methods will be more successful in their search.
  • Networking – talk to friends, family, faculty, etc.
  • Internet Research
  • Informational Interviews
  • Career Expos and Forums

Internship Process

  1. Register online for a CometCareers account.
  2. After successfully completing the Online Internship Information Session, you will see a confirmation slide that will provide a link to the Student Agreement Form. You will need to print, read, sign and return the Student Agreement Form to your Career Consultant.
  3. Begin searching for internships.
  4. Complete "Report an Internship" section in CometCareers, including uploading internship job description.
  5. After receiving email approval from your Career Consultant, call Career Center to make an appointment to complete paperwork.

Internship Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program with a declared major.
  • Have completed at least one semester at UT Dallas.
    • Undergrads - at least 24 hours completed.
    • Grads - at least 6 hours completed.
  • Good academic standing
    • Undergrads - at least 2.0 overall GPA
    • Grads - at least 3.0 overall GPA
  • Meet any additional requirements or conditions required by your academic department or school.
  • These requirements can be found on the individual handouts of your department located in the Resource Library of your CometCareers account.

Internship Eligibility

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.
  • Completing the registration process and meeting internship eligibility requirements does not guarantee a placement.

Employers make the final hiring decisions.

Internship Recognition

You have a couple of options for obtaining official University recognition for your internship:

  • Academic Credit
  • Transcript Notation
  • Neither - just report your internship in CometCareers

Academic Credit

  • Involves class registration and assignments, occasionally class meetings, and end-of-semester evaluation forms
    • Must meet course registration deadlines
    • Most courses have both full-semester and 2nd 8-week options
  • Options vary from major to major
  • May be upper-level or general elective credit

Note: When registering for academic credit, you pay tuition and fees as you would for any other class. You are responsible for reading your syllabus and completing assignments.

Academic Credit/Eligibility by School

Please review the appropriate pages for detailed eligibility information related to your major:

  • A&H
  • BBS
  • EPPS
  • IS
  • NSM
  • JSOM (ACCT)
  • JSOM (Non-ACCT)

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

Academic Credit/Eligibility - A&H

Undergraduate Students

  • Must have completed 24 credit hours total (including transfer hours); at least 12 credit hours must be from UT Dallas
  • ATEC and EMAC students may have specific courses that are required (see Academic Advisor)
  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • ISAH 4V50 course, 1-3 credit hours, graded credit/no credit

Report your internship in CometCareers and an Career Consultant will follow up regarding next steps.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - A&H

Graduate Students

  • General Career Center eligibility
  • MAIS 5V04 course, variable credit (1-3 credit hours, option to repeat if room in degree, letter grade)

Report your internship in CometCareers and an Career Consultant will follow up regarding next steps.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - BBS

Undergraduate Students - 2 course options

  • Course through Career Center (for paid internships)
    • Cooperative-Fieldwork with Mickey Choate - CGS 4395/CLDP 4395/PSY 4395
    • 3 credit hours, graded credit/no credit
    • Report internship in CometCareers and select academic credit. Your Career Consultant will assist you with getting instructor's approval.
  • Course through School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (for unpaid internships)
    • Juniors and seniors with overall GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for credit
    • Field Internship through BBS - CGS 4394/CLDP 4394/PSY 4394/SPAU 4394
    • 3 credit hours, graded credit/no credit
    • Report internship in CometCareers and select academic credit.
    • Register through BBS dept. See http://bbs.utdallas.edu/internships/ for registration process and list of pre-approved work sites.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - BBS

Graduate Students

  • Must meet general Career Center eligibility
  • MAIS 5V04 course with Mickey Choate - variable credit (1-3 credit hours, with option to repeat if it fits in degree plan), letter grade
  • Report your internship in CometCareers and select academic credit if desired. Your Career Consultant will assist you with getting instructor's approval.

**Applied Cognition and Neuroscience graduate students have the option to enroll in ACN 7v71, which is an industry internship class. Students must get internship approval and register with the department (1-6 semester hours, may be repeated for credit).

Academic Credit/Eligibility - EPPS

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • Eligibility:
    • Undergraduate - Must have 18 hours in major completed before eligible for credit
    • Graduates - must meet general Career Center eligibility
  • Internships must be approved by Academic Advisor (undergraduates) / Program head and/or Administrative Assistant (graduates).
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work to get credit for internship.
  • Undergraduates may receive a maximum of 6 total credit hours for internships in their degree plan.
  • Course is offered as credit/no credit ONLY.
  • Cannot do an internship if you are a TA or an RA.
  • Report your internship in CometCareers and select academic credit if desired. Your Career Consultant will work with you and your department for course registration.
  • Your Career Consultant will send you a syllabus at beginning of semester. Submit all assignments for internship course to the Career Consultant, except your final paper, which is submitted to instructor of record or program head.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - IS

Undergraduate and Graduate Students - 2 options for credit

  • Interdisciplinary Studies course - Internship (Dr. Chizeck, instructor)
    • Undergrads - BIS 4V04; Grads - MAIS 5V04 (variable credit, 1-6 credit hours)
    • 3 credit hours = 140+ work hours; 6 credit hours = 280+ work hours; Letter grade
    • Minimum 2.60 GPA in major and 2.30 GPA overall; Must have completed at least 15 hours at UT Dallas.
    • Report internship in CometCareers and select academic credit if desired. More info and documents regarding approval/registration can be found at http://utdallas.edu/is/internship/.
  • Career Center course - Co-op Education (Mickey Choate, instructor)
    • Undergrads - BIS 4310 (3 credit hours); Grads - MAIS 5V04 (variable credit, 1-3 credit hours); Letter grade; option to repeat course if it fits in degree plan
    • Must meet general Career Center eligibility
    • Report your internship in CometCareers and select academic credit if desired. Your Career Consultant will assist you with getting instructor's approval.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - NSM

Undergraduates and Graduates

  • Undergrads - BIS 4V04 (variable credit: 1-3 credit hours) or BIS 4310 (co-op, 3 credit hours); Grads - MAIS 5V04 (variable credit: 1-3 credit hours)
  • Instructor - Mickey Choate; Letter grade; Option to repeat if room in degree plan
  • Must meet general Career Center eligibility
  • Report internship in CometCareers and select academic credit if desired. Your Career Consultant will assist you with getting instructor's approval.
  • Graduate Biotechnology and Molecular and Cell Biology majors - BIOL 6V50, Internship in Biotechnology/Biomedicine; 1-6 credit hours (variable credit); must have internship approved by department to get registered.
  • Graduate Geosciences majors - GEOS 5300, Cooperative Geosciences; 3 credit hours (not variable); must have internship approved by department to get registered.
  • Pre-health students have the option for HLTH 4304, Internship. It is 3 credit hours and students must register through Dr. Kathleen Byrnes.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - JSOM (Accounting)

Eligibility

This is in addition to the Career Center's Internship Program eligibility policies.

  • Must have completed 12 hours of ACCT courses at the current degree level before the internship semester
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA in the 12+ hours of ACCT courses

Undergraduates

  • May take ACCT 4380 only once for 3 credit hours.
  • Must work 300 hours during internship semester (240 in summer)

Graduates

  • May take MAS 6V09 internship course for 1-3 credit hours (no more than 3 total credit hours over 3 semesters may be earned for internship)
  • Must work 100 hours for every 1 hour credit (1 credit=100 hours, 2 credits=200 hours, 3 credits=300 hours)

**For both - report your internship in CometCareers and select academic credit. Career Consultant will communicate with professor to gain approval and will advise you on next steps.

Note: This course is eLearning based. The undergraduate course is pass/fail and the graduate course will receive a letter grade. Please refer to the course syllabus for more information on assignments and grading for each level.

Academic Credit/Eligibility - JSOM (Non-Accounting)

Undergraduates

  • Eligibility - must have completed 36 hours of courses with a minimum of 6 at UT Dallas, minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Can earn maximum of 6 credit hours total (no more than 3 in one semester); course is pass/fail.
  • Must work 80 hours per credit hour at internship (Eg: work 240 hours for a 3 credit class).

Graduates

  • Eligibility - must have completed 12 hours of graduate management courses ( courses taken as a fast track student do not count); minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Courses are available for each major; can earn maximum of 3 credits; pass/fail
  • Must work 80 hours per credit hour at internship (Eg: work 240 hours for a 3 credit class).

**For both - report your internship in CometCareers. Career Consultant will gain approvals as needed and advise you of the next steps.

Note: This course is eLearning based and it is a pass/fail course. Please refer to the course syllabus for more information on assignments and grading.

Transcript Notation

What is transcript notation?

  • An official note on your transcript that shows you completed an internship and that UT Dallas approved and recognized it.
  • Alternative to academic credit
  • You must meet general internship eligibility criteria.

How do I get it?

  • No cost involved, but you must report your internship prior to semester course registration deadlines. (Check the Academic Calendar)
  • After reporting internship in CometCareers and selecting "Transcript Notation", your Career Consultant will follow up with you regarding next steps.
  • At the end of the semester you will complete a 3-page reflection paper and evaluation forms.

Internships Abroad

  • Should visit Office of International Education (OIE) one semester in advance to learn about the process and require paperwork.
  • OIE handles all requests for activity abroad.
  • Strict deadlines for application:
    • Spring 2014 - Thursday, October 31, 2013
    • Summer 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014
    • Fall 2014 - Friday, May 23, 2014
  • Visit the OIE website at http://www.utdallas.edu/oie/ for more info.

Internships Abroad

Summer 2015 Internship Program in Dublin, Ireland

The Career Center is partnering with Connect-123 to bring you a customized 8-week internship opportunity in Dublin, Ireland! You will be matched with an internship placement related to your major and areas of interest. This program takes place during the summer and is open to all majors and both undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due by January 31.

For details, please attend an Ireland Internship Information Session in SSB 3.107:

Dates and times TBA.

You may also contact the program coodinator and visit the Office of International Education’s customized programs page for more details.

How can you be a great intern?

  • Set goals and objectives and communicate these to your supervisor.
  • Be professional! Consider appropriateness of attire, computer/cell. phone use, etc.
  • Show initiative – if you are bored, ask for assignments or request to attend meetings.
  • Complete ALL tasks with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • Ask questions.
  • Get involved in the company – Network!

Dealing with problems at your internship site

  • Types of problems: sexual harassment; lack of training, direction, or supervision; ethical dilemmas; duties do not match job description/expectations; etc.
  • TELL SOMEONE!
    • If possible, discuss concerns with your immediate supervisor or someone else at the organization.
    • Talk to your Career Consultant here at UT Dallas.

Remember, we want you to be successful and are here to help.

DON'T FORGET!

  • Update your CometCareers account every semester – or anytime your information changes.
  • Keeping your information up-to-date will impact what positions you can view and/or which employers view your resume.
  • REPORT YOUR INTERNSHIP when you accept a position!
  • We are responsible for tracking this information and count on you to follow up.

Questions?

Please make note of any questions you have and share these with
your Career Consultant once they've contacted you.

READY TO GO?

Career Center, SSB 3.300

A&H - Kelley Henderson
BBS/IS - Janie Shipman
EPPS - Kortney House
JSOM Non-ACCT (A-L) - Jessica Elder
JSOM Non-ACCT (M-Z) - Lauren Nise
JSOM (ACCT) - Kelley Henderson
JSOM (GLBS/IMS) - Kortney House
NSM - Kathy Meyer

Associate Director - Mohammed Rahman

Quiz

If you do not answer all of the questions correctly, you will be given an option at the end of the quiz to "Return to Seminar" to try again.

Good Luck!

Enter Quiz

Question 1. What is the PRIMARY focus of an internship?
Question 2. You can participate in an internship your very first semester at UT Dallas.
Question 3. How do you notify your Career Consultant that you’ve accepted an internship?
Question 4. CometCareers is the only way to find an internship.
Question 5. In what way should you prepare to start your internship search?


Question 6. How can you be a great intern?


Question 7. Eligibility to complete an internship for academic credit is the same for all majors at UT Dallas.

Online Internship Information Session Quiz v.2.0

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