Frequently Asked Questions About Internships
|How much will I be paid while on an internship assignment?|
How much will I be paid while on an internship assignment?
Wages depend on the particular profession, the level of the position, the individual employer, and the local economy. You are generally paid at the same level as temporary employees in similar positions, but wages vary from employer to employer. Wages usually range from $7-$12 for undergraduate students and $12 - $20 for graduate students.
Occasionally, an employer will offer an unpaid internship assignment. Although unpaid, they may offer valuable experience and networking opportunities important to your future career endeavors.
|Will internship work assignments pay my tuition and fees?|
Will internship work assignments pay my tuition and fees?
The purpose of an internship is educational. The program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain practical experience, which complements classroom instruction. While a few companies have offered tuition assistance in the past, this is rare.
Even if such assistance occurs, you will usually be required to pay your university fees personally and then be reimbursed by the employer. Be sure that you thoroughly understand the employer’s policies and procedures.
|Will I be able to get academic credit for my internship?|
Will I be able to get academic credit for my internship?
This depends on whether or not you have room for upper-level elective hours in your major that may be satisfied through approved internship program participation. Please meet with your Academic Advisor to determine if an internship course will work with your program. To receive academic credit for the experience, students must formally register for an appropriate internship course in consultation with a Career Consultant and a Departmental Academic Advisor.
|I have a scholarship/financial aid. Will I still be allowed to accept an internship assignment?|
I have a scholarship/financial aid. Will I still be allowed to accept an internship assignment?
Each situation is different. In some cases, students may be able to put their scholarship/financial funds on hold for a particular semester. The Financial Aid Office and the Office of Undergraduate Studies can provide more details regarding this issue.
|If I’m not enrolled in the internship course, is it possible still to have my internship notated on my transcript?|
If I’m not enrolled in the internship course, is it possible still to have my internship notated on my transcript?
If you wish to have a notation on your transcript, inform your Career Consultant in advance of starting the internship and follow other requirements as necessary.
|Does the employer normally pay for transportation, housing, and medical insurance?|
Does the employer normally pay for transportation, housing, and medical insurance?
It is generally the responsibility of the student to pay transportation and living expenses while on an internship assignment. Some employers may provide limited benefits. Others treat internship employees as part -time workers and do not furnish a fringe benefits package.
|Where are these internships and who are the employers?|
Where are these internships and who are the employers?
The locations of employers vary considerably. Also, your major may be an important factor in determining the appropriate location of the internship. Although the UT Dallas program includes opportunities in a variety of locations, the majority of the opportunities listed with the UT Dallas Career Center are primarily within the D/FW Metroplex. The university will only consider internships that are located in a commercial setting and not in a private residence or home office.
|What if I find my own internship . . . one not in the Handshake system?|
What if I find my own internship... one not in the Handshake system?
You may bring in an internship you find outside of the Handshake system as long as the employer provides a detailed description of what your responsibilities will be.
The work experience must match your degree program. If you have been employed by a company for a few months and now decide you want to get credit for the experience, you must get special approval from the sponsoring UT Dallas academic department.
|How do I use my current job towards internship credit?|
How do I use my current job towards internship credit?
You and your supervisor will need to create a “Special Project” that is carved out of your usual job responsibilities and will need to be completed within the confines of the semester. An official letter on company letterhead and signed by your supervisor that describes this project will need to be submitted via Handshake by using the “Request an Experience” Link. There may be additional requirements depending on your program so please contact your Career Consultant for more details.
|Will an internship improve my chances for employment after graduation?|
Will an internship improve my chances for employment after graduation?
Yes. In addition to valuable work experience, professional contacts, personal growth and an income, many UT Dallas students obtain permanent jobs with their internship employers after graduation, but there is no guarantee of employment after graduation.
|What do I need to do if I accept an internship position?|
What do I need to do if I accept an internship position?
Report your internship online in Handshake. This will notify the Career Consultant. Your account will be updated to remove you from consideration for other Internship positions.
IT IS UNETHICAL TO CONTINUE TO INTERVIEW FOR POSITIONS ONCE YOU HAVE ACCEPTED AN ASSIGNMENT (whether paid or unpaid).