UNC Charlotte broadly defines an internship as a fixed, short-term work experience in a professional setting that is an extension of classroom learning. Internships last a minimum of 5 weeks and 80 hours in a given semester. UNC Charlotte interns can work up to 40 hours a week during summer and up to 20 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters. Internships may be obtained through an established internship program or something that the student and the employer create together to fit the student’s skills and interests and the employer’s specific needs. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
A combination of goal-setting, training, supervision, and evaluation should be defined and agreed upon by all parties: the student, the employer, and a university faculty/staff administrator, especially if academic credit is involved.