An internship is an academically recognized work experience related to a student’s major or field of interest. The following must be satisfied for participation in this program.
- The internship should be specifically and intentionally beneficial to the educational goals of the student. Learning objectives will be required as part of the posting submission. Note: an internship should not displace a regular university employee or be predominantly clerical/administrative duties.
- UPIP interns must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more), be sophomores – seniors in a first-time bachelor’s program, and in good standing with the university.
All UPIP positions must be submitted for approval and posted in the Hire-A-Niner system and be open to all eligible students.
UPIP internships are meant to be a learning experience for undergraduates. While some projects may be multi-semester, a student cannot be in the same internship for more than one year.
UPIP requires a full-time UNC Charlotte faculty/staff member to serve as a mentor to EACH intern. This is a commitment to our students, please make sure this is realistic for your department.
UPIP interns may not work more than 15 hours per week, during the weeks' university classes are in session. Fall and Spring terms for UPIP internships coincide with the first and last weeks of the semester, excluding university holiday and other days classes are not in session. UPIP interns may not work on Reading Days or during final exams. The host department will reimburse UPIP for any hours beyond the 15 hours per week maximum. Maximum internship hours for each semester are between 150-225 depending on approved application. Any overages will be reimbursed by the UPIP site.
UPIP works in partnership with our mentors. Confirmation of student eligibility for this program is conducted. Host departments who make offers to ineligible students (i.e. graduate students, part-time students, etc.) will have their internship canceled.
UPIP follows all guidelines set forth by UNC Charlotte’s Human Resources. Students may not work more than their approved hours per week, as outlined in the Student Temp Wage form. Hours are tracked weekly and monthly and cannot be “made up” in other months. The host department will reimburse UPIP for any hours beyond this maximum approved by mentors that result in payment by Payroll using the UPIP fund. Also, students are expected to monitor their own eligibility for the program and for University pay. Specifically, students are expected to disclose other employment on campus to UPIP mentors to ensure that they only have one UPIP internship at a time and do not exceed the University maximum of 20 hours per week of total on-campus employment. Also, students seeking academic credit are responsible for contacting their college prior to the start of the internship to discuss requirements.