UPIP Spotlight

About the Program

  • UPIP LogoThe internships offered through the University Professional Internship Program differ significantly from most other student employment positions on campus as they are designed to provide professional knowledge and skill development consistent with your major/career goals.
  • Internships are part-time during the fall and spring semesters – typically 10-15 hours/week.
  • UNC Charlotte faculty and administrators serve as mentors.
  • All positions pay $10 an hour!
  • Students may have an internship over multiple sessions, but ONLY ONE UPIP internship per semester.

Find open positions in Hire-A-Niner by searching "UPIP" in the keyword field. Each internship application requires a resume and cover letter to be submitted through Hire-A-Niner. You are encouraged to speak with your career advisor or have your application materials critiqued during University Career Center drop-in hours. You may also contact the University Career Center directly with questions.

UPIP is available to full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking a first bachelor's degree and in good standing with the university.

Have a question? Email UPIP-career@uncc.edu

Benefits for Students

  1. Professional experience in your field without leaving campus
  2. Faculty/staff mentoring
  3. $10 per hour for up to 15 hours per week
  4. Possibility for academic credit
  5. Specialized programming for UPIP interns

What does a UPIP experience look like?


UPIP internships are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking a first bachelor’s degree and are in good standing with the university. Students must adhere to the university policy on campus employment (students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week TOTAL at UNC Charlotte). Students are required to disclose other employment on campus to UPIP mentors.


The hiring process is conducted and completed by the hiring department; UPIP assists the process by approving and posting internship opportunities and facilitates preparation of student application materials. The hiring department will contact students directly. Students may apply for multiple internships, but may only accept one per semester.

During the internship, a student may work with their mentor on the possibility of continuing the internship into the next semester – no additional application materials are required of the student.


Interns are paid $10/hour and are paid monthly on the 15th of each month. Web Time Entry MUST be completed and submitted NO LATER than the last day of the month. UNC Charlotte requires all employees to enroll in direct deposit, which you can do in My UNC Charlotte. For more information, check out the Human Resources website.

Academic Credit

Academic credit may be earned for UPIP internships. Talk to your academic department about requirements. You will be required to enroll in a special internship course through your department at the time of your internship.

Compliance with your hiring department

Mentors will assist you with HR and payroll paperwork. Mentors will approve your hours in Web Time Entry; students are expected to collaborate with their mentor on time entry and pay.

Orientation & Professional Development

The UPIP experience is a professional internship which requires students to attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of your first internship in the program, as well as at least 4 professional development activities sponsored by the University Career Center. These can include any seminars, trainings, or large scale events that allow you to work on your career brand or market it towards your next career goals. More information will be provided during orientation.

Site Evaluation

To ensure the UPIP program is providing relevant and strong experiences for students, as well as providing feedback to our mentors, students will be required to complete a short site evaluation at the conclusion of each semester in the program. Site evaluations are a way to provide assistance to our mentors that will enable them to continue to provide a good experience to future students. All information is reported in aggregate format; mentors will not be able to review individual submissions.

Quick steps to UPIP

Upload Resume

All resumes in Hire-A-Niner must be approved by the University Career Center, so make sure you give yourself enough cushion to complete this step. Resume approvals usually take 1-2 business days to complete. Drop in for resume assistance with our PCA team – helps to speed the process along!

Prepare a Cover Letter

Drop in for cover letter help; no appointment needed. Remember to target each cover letter to individual opportunities you are applying for.

Search Hire-A-Niner

Positions all have “UPIP” at the beginning of the position title. Application instructions can be found with each position.

Practice Interviewing

You can either practice online through BIG Interview, sign up to practice with employers through the Mock Interview Program (log into HAN to search practice sessions available), or make an appointment with your career advisor. Practice, practice, practice!

Preparing While Waiting

When a position is taken down from Hire-A-Niner it normally signifies interview will commence. Continue to prepare for the interview, be ready for the possibility to be called in, continue searching. All hiring decisions are made by the hiring department (not the University Career Center).

Complete HR Paperwork

If you landed a UPIP position – CONGRATULATIONS! The next step is to complete your I-9 and the HR paperwork packet; take the completed paperwork and proof of ID to Human Resources in the King Building.

Can’t view or apply for UPIP Positions?

If you cannot see or apply for UPIP positions, you may not be eligible or all positions may be filled.


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking their first bachelor's degree from UNC Charlotte, who are enrolled full-time (12 hours) and are in good standing, qualify for UPIP. Graduate students and part-time students do not qualify.


Deadlines for applying for UPIP positions are usually during the months of November and April. If you are eligible for UPIP but don't see any positions, they may all be full.

Preparing for your UPIP position

Thank you for your interest in UPIP! We're excited for this great, new opportunity for UNC Charlotte. Never before has there been a program that coordinates on-campus, PAID, academically focused internships for undergraduates. We welcomed our inaugural class of UPIPers in fall 2013, with 30 sophomores, juniors, and seniors helping departments all across campus while also growing a greater understanding of what they want for their future careers.

This experience is what students make it. This is not your average “student employment” job where you show up and do tasks as directed. We work with departments and students to make sure that experiences are valuable and mutually beneficial. And, we work with students on professional development. UPIP interns are expected to be proactive, and diligent, and involved. At the end of the internship, we will make sure you build your portfolio, network, incorporate the experience into your resume, and you are one step closer to understanding what your “dream job” looks like so you can work toward it now while in school.

Please contact us when you have questions, concerns, or ideas for building the program.

Go Niners!

UPIP frequently asked questions

What is a UPIP internship?

University Professional Internships are paid, on-campus internships that provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain relevant work experience while working alongside university faculty or staff serving as mentors.

How long do UPIP internships last?

Internships can either be a semester long experience or two consecutive semesters, depending on the position. You can request a UPIP extension with your site mentor. Students are eligible to apply for other UPIP opportunities after completing their first; only ONE internship is allowed at a time.

How should I dress/present myself in the interview?

You should treat an internship interview as any professional job interview and dress accordingly--a suit is encouraged. Information on interviewing and professional dress are available online.

If I don’t have a resume or cover letter, how do I get started?

The UCC offers a variety of resources on resume writing, including samples, online. You also are encouraged to have your resume and cover letter critiqued by a career advisor during drop-in hours at the UCC.

What application materials are required, and how do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through Hire-A-Niner. Each UPIP posting requires the following application materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (specific to the department to which you are applying for!)

What’s the deadline for applying?

All UPIP positions are posted through Hire-A-Niner. Typically, Summer and Fall internships are posted towards the end of the Spring Semester and all Spring internships are posted towards the end of the Fall semester. To stay on top of your search, make sure to actively check Hire-A-Niner for opportunities. This program attracts an extreme amount of candidates!

When might I hear from a department about an interview?

After they have reviewed your materials on Hire-A-Niner (typically a week or so after the application period is closed), a representative from the department will contact you.

Where can I find UPIP job postings?

All positions are in Hire-A-Niner. Please note that when applications are closed, no positions will be viewable. If a position is still posted, it is still taking applications.

Who qualifies for a UPIP internship?

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking their first bachelor's degree from UNC Charlotte, who are enrolled full-time (12 hours) and are in good standing, qualify for UPIP. Graduate students and part-time students do not qualify.

What is the professional development requirement?

Because this is a professional internship, all UPIP interns are required to attend at least 4 professional development events sponsored by the University Career Center. These can include any seminars, trainings, or large scale events that allow you to work on your career brand or market it towards your next career goals.