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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 Monica Chartier, Program Coordinator, at 512-471-7900 or monica.chartier@austin.utexas.edu.

What is an Internship? Academic Credit Eligibility
Internship Guidelines
Hold Harmless Agreement Policy
Unpaid Internships Post an Internship Opportunity

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

The following guidelines are based on information gathered from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Position Statement on U.S. Internships,  the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Guidance Letter and the policies of The University of Texas at Austin and College of Liberal Arts.   

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). These should be paid part-time positions.

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. In addition, the employer should provide help with expenses that the student would not incur if not for the internship, including parking, mileage, travel expenses, etc.

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.

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].

When is an internship eligible for 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 option 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, nonprofit or governmental entity recognized as such within my professional community; (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) 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; (d) I will provide a work station for my intern with the necessary resources to complete the internship duties and course requirements; (e) I will assign meaningful learning tasks/projects that are consistent with the internship description; (f) I will complete student midterm and final evaluations as required by the internship course; and (g) my interns will be working in a professional, established working environment (this is not a work from home or "in the field" internship).

Minimum Hour & Week Requirements
Fall/Spring - LA 320: 12 weeks, 10 hrs/wk; LA 110wb: 12 weeks, 10 hrs/wk

Summer - LA 320wb: 9 weeks, 14 hrs/wk; LA 110wb: 5 weeks, 12 hrs/wk

Learn when UT's semesters begin and end on the campus academic calendar.

Hold Harmless Agreement Policy

The University of Texas at Austin will not enter into a hold harmless agreement or indemnity agreement with an employer hosting a UT student intern. For more information about the legal and ethical issues regarding hold harmless agreements, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Hold Harmless Recommendations and Hold Harmless Case Study.

In place of a hold harmless agreement, LACS can supply a letter of enrollment verification for those students enrolled in our LA internship courses. The letter confirms that the student is enrolled in a credit-based course and provides the dates of the semester in which the student is enrolled.

Post an Internship Opportunity

To post your internship, please visit our BTT Gateway job and internship posting site or contact Monica Chartier (512-471-7900) for more information.

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