The UCC, through its Hire-A-Niner recruiting system, serves as a “clearinghouse” for collecting and distributing postings of all experiential learning opportunities (Internships, Cooperative Education, Academic Credit Internships) for the entire University in order to provide a fair and equitable way for all students to access opportunities.


The Employer Relations Team will review internship descriptions for the following criteria:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience provides for applying the knowledge a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferrable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives /goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic course of study.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise, educational, and/or professional background in the field.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Additional Guidelines for Unpaid Internships

Employers providing unpaid internships may advertise on Hire-A-Niner; however, the position description must adhere to U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division standards for Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The UCC requires an internship to be a minimum of 80 hours/5 weeks in length in a semester for consideration.

Cooperative Education

While the terms “Cooperative Education” or “Co-op” and Internship are sometimes used interchangeably by both employers and students, UNC Charlotte recognizes Cooperative Education under the following criteria:

  • Paid career-related educational work opportunity to help undergraduate students gain experience in a professional setting before graduating.
  • Available to students in the College of Computing and Informatics, William States Lee College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Belk College of Business.
  • Participating students may work 3 full-time semesters of work alternativing with full-time semesters of school, 2 back-to-back full-time semesters of work, or 3 parallel part-time semesters of work with part-time semesters of school. The degree and pattern of student participation can vary in the College of Computing and Informatics and the College of Engineering.
  • Students are enrolled in a zero-credit transcript notation course during each work rotation in order to maintain their full-time student status.
  • There is a $60 registration fee for transcript notation that is applied to a student's account each work rotation (and co-op seminar rotation via the academic department).
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