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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Internship Courses

Student Eligibility Select a Course
Internship Eligibility Course Review
Credit Hours Departmental Options

Purpose of LA Internship Courses

These undergraduate courses are designed as a complement to the internship experience, providing an academic framework, learning objectives, career research and an opportunity for personal and professional reflective thought. You will integrate knowledge derived from your academic studies with the experiences gained from real-world work settings and professional development. This class will support these work experiences by fostering analytical, interpersonal, and communications skills.

Student Eligibility

The Liberal Arts internship courses are open to all College of Liberal Arts students, regardless of major, who meet the following requirements:

  • You have a 2.25 or higher GPA
  • You have at least sophomore status (30+ hours) by the start of the course
  • You are registered with BTT Gateway
  • You are in good academic standing at UT Austin
  • If you have taken any of the LA internship courses in a previous semester, you earned a passing grade in each course (you have never failed an LA internship course)

You are NOT required to have an internship secured at the time of course registration; however, the internship MUST be secured by the deadline provided for the semester in which you intend to enroll and complete the internship.

Student Agreement: As a Liberal Arts internship course student, you are required to adhere to all personnel rules, regulations, and other standard requirements of the host organization and to complete the internship as agreed, meeting the required hours, start and end date and all assignment deadlines.

Internship Eligibility

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 (home-office sites and virtual/work from home or "in the field" internships are not eligible for the course).

Additional Requirement for LA 110wb Fall & Spring Only: The internship site must require that you earn academic credit to participate in the internship.

Paid/Unpaid Internships: The internship may be paid or unpaid, both are acceptable. Should your internship be paid? Check out our employer's internship page for details about paid -vs- unpaid internships.

Credit Hours

These courses are offered for academic credit, which counts toward your overall GPA.
 Credit is only granted for internships taken in the semester in which the student is enrolled (no retro-credit).

  • LA 320wb fulfills upper division elective credit requirements. LA 320wb credit is granted on a letter base.
  • LA 110wb fulfills lower division elective credit requirements. LA 110wb credit is granted on a pass/fail basis.

Select A Course

To view course details, requirements and to download course application packets please select from the following two options:

I want to intern in the SUMMER.
I want to intern in the FALL or SPRING.

Why Should You Take the Course?

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the spring 2013 LA 320wb course:
I think the assignments were great. At first I was not overly excited about having to make journal entries as I have never been able to keep up with one, but the topics made me think about my experiences more deeply than I might have otherwise. The course encouraged me to qualify my experiences and see what I was really getting out of it. The combination of the various assignments and my supervisor's prodding to spend time developing my resume helped me to figure out how to sell myself to future employers.

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the spring 2013 LA 320wb course:
This course required me to take time to stop and think about the work, about what I was doing, and about how my work was affecting the way I thought.  I think that this course has been of real, lasting value - I would have never considered some of the questions raised.  The course also supported my ability to complete assignments at work.  The projects requiring me to research a particular topic, for example, gave me valuable insight that was of beneficial use later in the semester.

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the spring 2013 LA 320wb course:
I really enjoyed this internship course. The curriculum was fantastic, the interface is fast and easy, and the instructor was terrific. Not only was he extremely encouraging, but he also provided invaluable insight into my writing and experience which I had completely overlooked. He knows how to read my journal, and tell me exactly what important lessons I learned or experiences I gained in that day or week of work. Truly, my favorite part of the course, was that it allowed me to reflect on my day-to-day hustle and bustle, which gave me time to truly appreciate the experience that I was getting at my office.

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the spring 2013 LA 320wb course:
This course was a good skeleton of the semester at my internship. It took me step by step through my course, and as the semester progressed the questions became more and more in depth about the business and my work as an employee, not a student. The course constantly encourages you to think about future employment as well as see if where you work is exactly what you want. This course has helped me look at internships from a new perspective.

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the fall 2012 LA 320wb course:
I initially thought that most of them would be time consuming, but they actually helped me think about things that I needed to work on, the skills that I have developed, and how to explain what I have learned during my internship to others in a logical manner. The course also allowed me to think about what my next steps would be and help reflect my experience in a deeper way possible other than talking about it to someone. I was also given the capacity to introspectively analyze the foundation and my internship from various perspectives and thus frame my achievements and skills for my next interview.

Review by Jared Pessetto at Sierra Club, Spring 2011 LA 320wb Course: 
[B]ecause of this internship credit course I have taken a more critical and personally reflective perspective on my experiences within the internship program. In many other situations I might not have sought out this information and self-awareness as actively, and I surely would not have put all these thoughts into words. This opportunity to take an engaged role in my education and professional growth is something that has been of great value to me, and it is something that I hope to carry with me into future jobs and work experiences.

Review by a Liberal Arts student in the Fall 2010 LA 320wb Course:
LA320wb is definitely one of my favorite classes here at UT. It not only enabled me to do flash backs on my busy week but also provided me with useful tips/information on how to improve my working skills and ability to interact with my co-workers. The topics being discussed throughout the semester were very interesting and meaningful because I got to perform more in-depth research on my company and learn about its history and purpose. In addition, the instructor has been very encouraging and is still always there when I need help. If you are doing a very unique and fun internship, then you should definitely take this class!  - Sophia

Liberal Arts Departmental Courses

In addition to the Liberal Arts internship courses, internship, research and practicum credit options are offered by the following departments:

Geography/Urban Studies
Center for Mexican-American Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Rhetoric and Writing

Internship Search Assistance

Liberal Arts Students: LACS provides a number of resources and programs designed to help you succeed in your internship search. For individualized assistance, please call our office to schedule an appointment, 512-471-7900.


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