What is an Internship? 

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.

Benefits to Employers

  • Recruit, work with, and screen potential employees
  • Pipeline to full-time hires - former interns are trained and organizationally loyal
  • Accomplish special projects
  • Find enterprising and enthusiastic contributors who can bring innovative ideas and new perspectives to established processes
  • Increase the organization's brand awareness at UNC Charlotte and in the greater Charlotte community

Program Requirements

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

Internship Posting Criteria

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

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that applies knowledge and consists of substanstitive responsibilities that a regular employee would not 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 opportunity for regular feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and/or facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

As the UCC accepts/denies any opportunities posted with the office – both paid and unpaid, based on the above criteria (Per the U.S. Dept. of Labor – FLSA and NACE professional standards. We ask employers to make sure each bullet point is addressed in the position description for quick approval. 

Ask James Novak, Assistant Director for Experiential Education, any questions you have about your posting at experiential-ed@uncc.edu or 704-687-0787.