Frequently Asked Questions about Internships

What is an internship?

An internship is any planning-related job, paid or unpaid, that involves 300 or more hours of work and that promises some professional development benefits. The "300 hour" rule is equivalent to 20 hours per week for a 15-week semester.

When do I do my internship?

Most students do their internships in the summer between their first and second years, although some students start an internship during the first year and some wait until their second year. Some students choose to do an internship outside of the Austin area over the summer. Arrange the internship whenever it becomes available, mid-semester, summer, etc. Don't let the University calendar be the reason for bypassing a promising position.

When do I register for my internship?

The only rule is that you finish your 300 hours before the end of the semester in which you register for your internship. Many students continue to work beyond the required 300 hours and beyond the end of the semester in which they register. Some students choose to register for the internship long after it is officially over.

What kind of paperwork do I need to do?

In order to register for your internship, you must submit a letter, addressed to the Graduate Adviser, from your employer that states that he/she understands that you are earning credit for your work and that gives a brief description of the kind of work you will be doing. Give this letter to Robin, who will put it in your file.

What do I do at the end of the semester?

By 5pm on the last day of classes of the semester in which you are registered for your internship, you must submit to Robin either:

A 10-page, double-spaced report that describes your experience: what work you did, how you used things you've learned in class, what new things you learned, how it did and did not contribute to your professional experience, and other such reflections on your experience.

or

A copy of a report you completed for your employer that is predominately your own work plus a 2-page, double-spaced report that briefly describes your experience and your contribution to that report.

In addition, you must submit a letter from your employer.

Do I have to do a PR based on my internship?

No. It's nice for you if you can, but most students don't.