Internships are valuable opportunities designed to combine educational goals and career paths to provide students with practical experience. The term is synonymous with Co-operative Education (Co-op) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Internship Search

Searching for and obtaining an appropriate internship is highly valuable to your overall career development. We encourage you to start your search early and utilize all the tools at your disposal. If you're not sure where to start or just want some pointers, book an appointment with our office or come to one of our related events.

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a structured educational program which combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to a student's academic program. CPT may be available to certain F-1 students.

For detailed informtaion about CPT check out the International Student Services Office website.

Academic Credit

Internships can sometimes be used for academic credit when combined with an internship course. This varies by academic program, so please be sure to reach out to the University Career Center or your Academic Advising team for specific requirements. If you are interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship you must complete all requirements before beginning the internship. Additionally, the internship work and internship course enrollment must be in the same semester. You cannot earn retroactive credit for internships.

Important Dates

Spring 2020 Dates

Spring 2020 Important Dates for Internship/Experience Program

Note: Students on F-1 visa cannot engage in volunteering, training, or working until CPT is authorized.

Note: All experiences must be requested in Handshake by March 18th.

For domestic students:

  • Request period in Handshake is open from September 9, 2019 to March 18, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: January 21, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session: March 23, 2020
  • First day to work at internship: Varies
  • Last day to work for graduating students: Varies
  • Last day to work for returning students: Varies

For F-1 visa students:

  • Request period in Handshake is open from September 9, 2019 to March 18, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: January 21, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session March 23, 2020
  • First day to work at internship: December 14, 2019
  • Last day to work for graduating students: May 8, 2020
  • Last day to work for returning students: May 25, 2020

Please note:

All internships must be a minimum of 6 weeks from the date of enrollment unless otherwise noted by the academic department.

International Internships: Must enroll in full, 16-week session; Check with Education Abroad for more details and additional registration deadlines

Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Must enroll in full, 16-week session

Late Registration: Late fees will apply if registering during late registration. Check the Academic Calendar for specific dates.


    In order to use an internship for academic credit you must:
  • Be registered and currently enrolled in a UT Dallas academic, degree-seeking program with a declared major.
  • Be in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students.
  • Have completed at least one semester at UT Dallas. In addition, undergraduate students must have at least 24 hours completed (including transfer hours) and graduate students must have at least 6 hours completed. (You may begin the internship process if you anticipate being eligible the following semester.)
  • Meet any additional requirements or conditions imposed by your academic department or school.

*Graduate students are not eligible for an internship in the same semester they are working as a Teaching Assistant or a Research Assistant.


Once you have accepted an internship offer, submit your experience request through Handshake following these steps.

  • Log into Handshake at using your NetID and Password.
  • From the top menu bar select Career Center > Experiences > Request an Experience.
  • Choose the appropriate Experience Type and the Term in which your internship will be taking place.
  • Fill out the remainder of the request form paying close attention to all questions.
  • Once you have finished the request form and clicked submit you MUST upload your Job Description, Offer Letter and any other documentation required by your academic department. To do this, click the New Attachment button on the left side of your screen and choose the appropriate documents.

Once you have submitted your experience request and all required documentation, please allow 7-10 business days for your experience to be approved. During the approval process you may be contacted if additional information or changes are needed. You will be notified once the experience has been successfully approved.

Transcript Notation

If you are not eligible or not interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship you may opt instead for a transcript notation. A transcript notation is an official note on the UT Dallas transcript that shows an internship was completed. Getting a transcript notation is a simple process with many valuable outcomes. These include:

  • Receive official university recognition for your internship.
  • Employers, graduate, and professional schools will know that your completed internship was supported by the university.
  • The university can advocate for you if there are any problems at the internship site.

If interested in having a transcript notation for an internship experience you must still request an experience in Handshake. You will also be required to write a short reflection paper and complete an internship evaluation at the end of the semester. The Career Consultant will have you complete a brief form to request the notation.