The Internship/Cooperative Education Program (Internships) is a great way for a student to explore career goals, gain applicable work experience, and start developing a network. An internship provides the opportunity for a student to apply what has been learned in the classroom to practical work experiences related to his/her major. The primary focus of internships is EDUCATIONAL in nature. Internships can be completed for academic credit or solely for the experience, and can be paid or unpaid. Completing an internship to add to a resume is a strong way to improve options for full-time employment after graduation.
The UTD Career Center Internship Program provides a student with the information and tools necessary to successfully navigate the internship process, from orientation to the program itself to evaluation at the completion of the semester. Internship program staff members provide information about eligibility, preparation, and academic credit options, and they assist students with the internship search.
To get registered with the internship program, a student must:
· register for a UTD CareerWorks account
· attend an Internship or CPT (international students only) Information Session
· schedule an individual appointment with an Internship Coordinator at the Career Center.
The Career Center recommends that a student begin searching for an internship one semester or more in advance of the desired starting semester. The Career Center also recommends that the student takes advantage of other services, including resume critiques and mock interviews, to be most successful in the internship search. The Internship Coordinators will provide more information to an individual student, as needed, regarding the services that would best suit him/her and would be most helpful throughout the process.