Internships are structured, supervised, and short-term programs in which undergraduate or graduate students perform tasks and duties within an organization in order to gain knowledge and experience.
Students are assigned an on-site supervisor who creates specific learning objectives to be achieved throughout the duration of the internship. During an internship, students are able to apply classroom knowledge and skills to the workplace while learning additional career-related skills and competencies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What should my internship include?
To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
☑️ The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.
☑️ The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
☑️ The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
☑️ There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
☑️ There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
☑️ There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
☑️ There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
- Do I have to pay my interns?
Internships may be paid or unpaid, but MUST follow the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. We strongly encourage employers to arrange, at minimum, some kind of stipend for an unpaid internship to cover students travel and lunch expenses. This will help increase your applicant pool. Across degree levels, the average hourly wage ranges from $14.47 for first-year associate degree students to $32.35 for those pursuing doctoral degrees. (See Figure 1 of NACE’s Intern Salaries Up Across All Degree Levels, Years).
- How do I recruit for interns at UTSA?
We invite you to share your internship opportunity on Handshake, our online job and internship database serving UTSA students. For more information on how to create a free account and post your internship, please visit our Employer Resources page. We ask that you include learning objectives in your internship description. In addition to sharing your internship virtually, we invite you to engage students through career related events and additional recruitment opportunities. To discuss a more tailored recruiting plan, set up a Recruiting Consultation with our On-Campus Recruitment Manager. Lastly, we welcome you to participate in ongoing Internship events such as Internship Week and the annual Internship Poster Expo. You can even host a group of students at your organization through an Externship by completing the Employer Externship Request Form or explore connecting with students for short term projects such as Micro-Internships. UTSA Alumni are invited to serve as Career Mentors through our Roadrunner Network. For more information on how to get involved, contact Internships@utsa.edu.
- What is the difference between an internship and a part-time job?
- Can I give academic credit for my internship?
Academic credit for an internship is arranged directly with a student’s academic department. In order to qualify as a credit-bearing experience, the experience must fit the NACE internship criteria, as well as the academic department requirements. To confirm that your experience aligns with the department, identify the academic program of interest at https://www.utsa.edu/academics/ and contact the department directly with your request. Some departments have an Internship Coordinator identified under Faculty, however if you are unsure of who the department contact is, contact Internships@utsa.edu for assistance.
- Developing an internship for the first time?
You are not alone! Join us for our quarterly Internship Workshops and learn how to establish and expand your Intern program. We facilitate a two-part series with the Small Business Development Center: How to Create a Quality Internship Program & How to be an Awesome Intern Manager. Sign up through the Small Business Development website to participate. When creating an Internship program, we recommend that you develop a thorough job description for the intern, ensuring that 50% or more of the intern’s tasks are career-related. Involve the manager or mentor who will supervise the student in developing learning objectives and clear goals for achievement.
– Writing an Effective Internship Description (PDF)
– Learning Objectives Guide (PDF)
– 15 Best Practices for Internship Programs (PDF)
– U.S. Department of Labor: Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act (PDF)
– Internship Program Toolkit
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