Internships

Making the decision to gain the right kind of work experience while attending college can be overwhelming.  The Career Center can assist in providing you with information on internships, part-time employment opportunities, and necessary information to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

What is an Internship?
"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. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent." – NACEweb.org

Internship basics

  • Usually one-semester term experience, sometimes more as determined by employer.
  • Often in the summer, though not always, as per employer.
  • Full-time or part-time; as determined by employer.
  • May be paid or unpaid; and in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Academic credit can be applied through an internship program or course provided through the college. You must check with your college to see if course is available.
  • Academic-level determined by employer: Whether open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students.
  • Sometimes for academic credit: Academic credit can only be granted by an academic department, and involves paying tuition. You should absolutely make yourself aware of opportunities and requirements in your academic department.
  • These factors vary by career field, by employer, and by practices in academic departments.

How can I apply for an internship? 

Internship opportunities can be found on the Career Connection via my.utrgv.edu. To begin searching, you must ensure you have an “active” Career Connection account to view available opportunities. For further information and instructions, click here