Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Recruiting Interns

Liberal Arts Career Services is committed to building partnerships with employers to help students find and fill valuable internship positions. LACS is dedicated to educating our students not only through academic courses but also through real-world application. As a result we aggressively market employer internship opportunities to a diverse group of 12,000+ students, providing students with the education and skill set they need to confidently pursue their professional interests. We are here to help whether you're looking to fill an existing internship position or to start an internship program from scratch.

For internship program and posting assistance, please contact our Programs Manager at recruit@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-7900.

What is an Internship? Academic Credit Eligibility
Internship Guidelines National Internship Standards
Unpaid Internships Top 10 Things to Consider Before Hiring your First Intern

Post an Internship Opportunity

To post your internship, please visit our BTT Gateway job and internship posting site or contact our Recruiting Specialist at recruit@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-7900 for more information.

What defines an internship?

In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers, LACS defines an internship as 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.

Internship Guidelines

Liberal Arts Career Services welcomes career-related and professionally-oriented internships from any industry or sector. When evaluating internships posted in our BTT Gateway system, we consider the following points. 

Internship Responsibilities: Our students look for internship opportunities to provide real-world, substantial professional experiences to complement their academic studies. With this in mind, our goal is to connect them with project-oriented, professional and learning experiences that contribute to the professional work of the organization. This can take on many traits depending on the position, site, company and/or industry. Posted internships are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; however, in general terms we do not accept administrative, clerical or non-professional internships (i.e., receptionist, clerk, wait staff). In line with The University's solicitation policy, we do not accept brand ambassador or similar type roles that require students to promote/market on The University campus free or fee-based products, events, services, etc.

Location: Our on-site internship postings (i.e., student works on-site for the employer) must provide a professional and safe office/site at which the student will complete his/her intern hours. Home-office sites are not accepted for postings. Virtual internship postings with professional outcomes are accepted in a limited way. These internships must have strong professional, supervision and project components. Virtual internships are not eligible for credit.

Compensation: Our preference is that all students be compensated for their hard work and dedication to the internship site; however, we welcome both unpaid and paid internship postings. If you offer unpaid internships, we recommend you review the NACE unpaid internship guidelines (see below) for help with your program.

Resources: Students should not be expected to provide their own resources, including computers, software, supplies, phone (including paid minutes), etc. The employer should provide a professional space with all the resources the intern will need to be successful.

Supervision: The intern should be supervised by a professional in the area in which the student is working. The professional should be available on a regular basis and should mentor the student throughout the program to help the student grow and succeed. The supervisor should meet with the student at the start of the internship to set the expectations, and should meet with the student at the midpoint and end of the program to provide feedback and evaluations. In-the-field and remote/virtual internships with limited regular access to supervisors are prohibited.

Unpaid Internships

It is the responsibility of each employer to determine whether an internship should be paid or unpaid. Each employer's human resources department can best determine eligibility based on the organization's specific internship opportunity. For more information about unpaid internships, please review the following resources: U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Guidance Letter; The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Fair Labor Standards Act (six factors used to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for wage consideration); the NACE survey on unpaid internships; and USA Today's Using Interns for business can be a valuable experience if done right article.

Please Note: Recruiters posting internships with Liberal Arts Career Services are required to verify that the internship meets the Department of Labor's wage standards by acknowledging this statement: My organization complies with the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act and my internship pays a fair wage, a legal stipend or meets each of the six criteria outlined by the Department of Labor for an unpaid internship [explore the FLSA criteria].

Academic Credit

Liberal Arts Career Services offers Liberal Arts Internship Courses for UT liberal arts majors. If interested in credit, or required to earn credit for the internship, the student is responsible for beginning the credit optionn process and application. If the student meets the prerequisites and the hours/weeks requirements, the internship site and internship program are then evaluated for credit based on the following criteria.

Internship Eligibility Requirements
Internship eligibility is reviewed on a case by case basis, however following are general requirements. The internship must (1) provide direct and daily supervision and guidance; (2) provide regular access to the supervisor; (3) assign meaningful projects; and (4) provide a professional, established working environment with a strong learning component (work from home and "in the field" internships are not eligible for credit). The internship may be paid or unpaid, both are acceptable.

Internship Site/Supervisor Agreement - Excerpt from the Course Application & Learning Agreement
Internship Supervisor: In signing below, I, the supervisor, verify the following: (a) my organization is an established for-profit company with the legal right to transact business in the state of the internship site, an IRS-exempt organization, a governmental entity or an established, professionally-recognized and legal entity of a foreign country; (b) my organization is bonded and/or holds sufficient business and liability insurance to cover students interning with my organization and on my business premise; (c) my organization has a professional, informative website at which students can research my organization; (d) my organization complies with the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act and my internship pays a fair wage, a legal stipend or meets each of the six criteria outlined by the Department of Labor for an unpaid internship [explore the FLSA criteria at http://1.usa.gov/9HJ8Eh]; (e) I will communicate with my interns using my organization's professional email address (no gmail, yahoo, etc.); (f) I will provide my interns with direct and daily supervision and guidance in person and I will be accessible to my interns on a regular basis; (g) I will provide work space for my intern with the necessary resources to complete the internship duties and course requirements; (h) I will assign meaningful learning tasks/projects that are consistent with the internship description; (i) I will adhere to the learning agreement created with the intern as provided in this document; (j) I will complete student midterm and final evaluations as required by the internship course; and (k) my interns will be working in a professional, established working environment (home-office/co-working sites and virtual/work from home or “in the field” internships are not eligible for this course).

National Internship Standards

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides the following internship definition and criteria: 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.

NACE Seven Criteria for Internships
  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Top 10 Things to Consider Before Hiring your First Intern

1. What defines an internship?

In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers, LACS defines an internship as 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.

2. Does your organization have an HR department to support the internship program?

When you are thinking about hiring an intern, it is important to partner with your human resources. Your human resources department can help answer questions about the department of labor laws, onboarding processes and relevant policies and procedures your organization may have.

3. Is this internship a valuable experience for the student?

Our students look for internship opportunities to provide real-world, substantial professional experiences to complement their academic studies. With this in mind, our goal is to connect them with project-oriented, professional and learning experiences that contribute to the professional work of the organization. This can take on many traits depending on the position, site, company and/or industry.

4. Does your organization have the resources needed to support an intern?

Organizations hosting interns must provide students with the resources needed to complete the work successfully, including computers, software, supplies, phone/data, etc. Interns should not be responsible for their own resources/supplies. In addition, the employer should provide the intern a space within the business premises where the student can complete their work and regularly have access to the supervisor.

5. Who will supervise and mentor the intern?

Employers should consider who would be the best supervisor for the student. The intern should be supervised by a professional in the area in which the student is working. The professional should be available on a regular basis and should mentor the student throughout the program to help the student grow and succeed. The supervisor should meet with the student at the start of the internship to set the expectations, and should meet with the student at the midpoint and end of the program to provide feedback and evaluations.

 6. Is your internship paid or unpaid?

Our preference is that all students be compensated for their hard work and dedication to the internship site; however, interns can be unpaid and paid. If you offer unpaid internships, we recommend you review the NACE unpaid internship guidelines (see below) for help with your program. Most students at UT have noted their pay during their internship experiences as between $10-$20 per hour depending on the industry and company.

It is the responsibility of each employer to determine whether an internship should be paid or unpaid. Each employer's human resources department can best determine eligibility based on the organization's specific internship opportunity. For more information about unpaid internships, please review the following resources: U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Guidance LetterThe U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Fair Labor Standards Act (six factors used to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for wage consideration); the NACE survey on unpaid internships; and USA Today's Using Interns for business can be a valuable experience if done right article.

7. Should students in your internship program enroll in an internship course?

Not all internships require credit; this is a requirement best considered by the host organization. For those organizations that require credit – or for students who wish to earn credit – Liberal Arts Career Services offers options year-round. In either situation, the student is responsible for beginning the credit option process and application. If the student meets the prerequisites and the hours/weeks requirements, the internship site and program are then evaluated for credit based on the following criteria. 

Internship Eligibility Requirements
: For students applying to an internship course, Internship eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, following are general requirements. The internship must (1) provide direct and daily supervision and guidance; (2) provide regular access to the supervisor; (3) assign meaningful projects with learning components; (4) provide a professional, established working environment (home-office sites, shared  or co-working sites, virtual/work from home or "in the field" internships are not eligible for the course); and (5) provide the resources needed to complete the internship responsibilities.

In addition, the employer providing the internship must be an established for-profit company with the legal right to transact business in the state of the internship site, an IRS-exempt organization, a governmental entity, or an established, professionally-recognized and legal entity of a foreign country.

See the full course details here: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/lacs/students/courses/internship.php

8. How many hours do interns typically work?

Typically, students will work a minimum of 10 hours per week during the fall/spring semester and a minimum of 14 hours per week during the summer. It is important to consider the number of course hours and extracurricular activities that the student has when determining their hours and schedules. Some students complete full-time internships in the summer, working up to 40 hours per week. Full-time internships are typically paid opportunities.

9. What are the national internship standards?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides the following internship definition and criteria: 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.

 NACE Seven Criteria for Internships

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

10. How can I recruit interns for my internship program?

Visit our policy page for information on our recruiting policies, guidelines and resources. To post your internship, please visit our BTT Gateway job and internship posting site or contact our Recruiting Specialist at recruit@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-7900 for more information.


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