The University of Texas at Dallas

Internships

According to the National Associate of Colleges & Employers (NACE), an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Earn Academic Credit for Internships

Depending on your degree plan requirements, you may be eligible to receive academic credit for your internship opportunity. This varies by academic program, so please be sure to reach out to your Academic Advising team for any specific degree requirements. If you are interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship you must complete all University Career Center requirements listed below, before beginning the internship. Additionally, the internship employment period and internship course enrollment must be in the same semester.

Internship Requirements – University Career Center

In order to receive academic credit for your internship 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 a total of 24+ credit hours completed (including transfer hours) and graduate students must have a total of 6+ credit 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

You cannot earn retroactive academic credit for internship experiences. 

Transcript Notation

If you are not interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship, and/or you do not meet eligibility requirements, you may opt to receive transcript notation for your experience. Transcript notation is an official note by the Registrar on a UT Dallas transcript that shows an internship was completed. The employment period and transcript notation period must be in the same semester.

Please note: Due to regulations, transcript notation is not available for international students.

If interested in receiving 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 at the end of the semester. Once you submit your experience request in Handshake, you will receive further instructions from the University Career Center.

You cannot earn retroactive transcript notation for internship experiences. 

How to Report an Internship Experience

Once you have accepted an internship offer, you must submit an experience request through Handshake to receive credit. Here are the steps to report:

  • Log into Handshake at utdallas.joinhandshake.com 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 detailed job description, offer letter with all required information 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

Please see below for helpful tools to assist you in this process:

Once you have submitted your experience request and all required documentation, please allow 7-10 business days for your experience to be approved by the University Career Center, your academic department, and ISSO if necessary. 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.

Important Dates

Fall 2020 Dates

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 October 12.

For domestic students:

  • Request period in Handshake is open from May 11, 2020 to October 12, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: August 24, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session: October 19, 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 May 11, 2020 to October 12, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: August 24, 2020
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session: October 19, 2020
  • Earliest CPT Employment Start Date: August 8, 2020
  • Latest CPT Employment End Date for Graduating Students: December 8, 2020
  • Latest CPT Employment End Date for Returning Students: January 10, 2021

Please note:

All internships must be a minimum of 6 weeks from the start date of the internship, 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

BBS, A&H, and ATEC Students:

  • Must enroll in full, 16-week session
  • Deadline to register in an internship course is Monday, August 24

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

Spring 2021 Dates

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 15.

For domestic students:

  • Request period in Handshake is open from September 14, 2020 to March 15, 2021
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: January 19, 2021
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session: March 22, 2021
  • 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 14, 2020 to March 15, 2021
  • Last day to enroll in 16-week session: January 19, 2021
  • Last day to enroll in 8-week session: March 22, 2021
  • Earliest CPT Employment Start Date: December 12, 2020
  • Latest CPT Employment End Date for Graduating Students: May 10, 2021
  • Latest CPT Employment End Date for Returning Students: TBD

Please note:

All internships must be a minimum of 6 weeks from the start date of the internship, 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

BBS, A&H, and ATEC Students:

  • Must enroll in full, 16-week session
  • Deadline to register in an internship course is Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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

Internships for International Students

International students may engage in experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, during any academic term as long as the experience has been approved as relevant to their degree program.

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. F-1 students may be eligible for CPT.

CPT workshops are MANDATORY for all students applying for Curricular Practical Training. Students must complete an International Student Services Office (ISSO) CPT workshop in order to be eligible for the program. Check the ISSO website for available dates and times and register for sessions in Handshake. Computer Science and Engineering students must additionally attend an IPP orientation. Naveen Jindal School of Management graduate students must enroll in MAS 6102 to meet this requirement. The CPT workshop is available online through iComet as a self-paced learning module.

For detailed information about CPT visit the ISSO website. ISSO will make determinations of CPT eligibility and has the discretion to authorize CPT where the proposed training satisfies federal regulations and the UT Dallas CPT program.

Graduate students are not allowed to participate in an internship (CPT) in the same semester they are working as a Teaching/Graduate Assistant or a Research Assistant