Internship/Co-op Job Description
- Your internship or co-op job description must provide a detailed overview of your daily activities and responsibilities as well as the skills you will be using and learning throughout your work experience.
- Over 50% of your work responsibilities must be directly related to your current major. We cannot consider previous degrees when approving a position description.
- There are no location restrictions for summer internships or co-ops.
- Fall and spring internships must be located within a 1.5-hour driving distance from the University: 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223.
- We will consider remote internships as long as you will be working in a supervised, structured environment with regular check-ins with your internship supervisor.
While internships allowing students to work remotely will be considered, the employer's offer letter must clearly state…
- The name of the direct supervisor who will monitor the virtual assignment.
- How often the student's progress will be checked.
- The technology used to communicate between supervisor and student (Skype, email, etc.).
1099 Independent Contractor Employment
F1 students cannot be hired as Independent Contractors requiring a 1099 Form as part of the employment arrangement. Students must be hired as an actual employee, in an established, structured, company internship that adheres to UNC Charlotte's CPT/Internship criteria, per the University Career Center and International Student and Scholar policies.
Third Party Employer Opportunities
On occasion, employers will use "Third-Party Employers," to help them recruit, hire, and pay talent. Third Party Employers are defined as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. The University Career Center has specific policies about working with Third Party Employers, which are informed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and outlined on our website.
Foremost among our policies we require that "Third-Party Employers must disclose in Hire-A-Niner the name of the organization and position(s) that is being recruited for; this information will be viewable by UCC staff only (not students or alumni)."
The UNC Charlotte University Career Center is concerned that opportunities to be designated "internships" and approved for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 international students comply with safety, quality, and accountability standards set by national professional practice and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. International students seeking CPT via the UCC can assist us in this assurance by asking Third Party Employers who want to extend letters of offer to provide the University Career Center the following:
- The name of the contracting organization and their main contact at that organization.
- An official job description containing the job title, job description with learning objectives/goals, desired qualifications, skills and knowledge needed, and desired major(s) as each relates to the student's academic course work.
- A letter of offer which is written on company letterhead, containing the prospective employer's name, the name of the direct supervisor of the student within the company location, the physical location/address of proposed internship (no P.O. Boxes), a start date and end date of employment, and the number of work hours per week.
CPT Via the University Career Center will not be approved if the above steps are not followed explicitly.
F-1 International students with questions about their offer through a Third Party Employer or Third Party representatives, themselves, are asked to use our "Who to Contact with Questions" web link to get answers.
Hours Per Week
- Internships must last a minimum of 80 hours and 5 weeks.
- Summer internships may be full-time or part-time.
- Fall and spring internships must be 20 hours per week or less.
- All co-ops are full-time.