Internships may be linked to an academic department or done independently. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic semester or summer, may be part-or full- time, paid or unpaid.
Cooperative Education (Co-ops) are full-time, paid experiential opportunities lasting an average of three to six months over the course of a semester and may include part/all of the summer too. In some fields (e.g., engineering), the student may alternate between full-time on-campus study and with periods of full-time work. Although working full-time and not earning credit, students may keep their full-time UT student status by being classified by the Registrar’s Office as “Co-op in Field” (noted on transcript). To be classified as such, students must contact the Center for Career Development to complete necessary paperwork*. The Registrar’s Office requires students be advised before beginning their co-op, be in good standing with UT and have no outstanding fees/fines. Students do not typically earn academic credit for co-ops and therefore, are not charged university tuition.
*Some academic departments and colleges manage their own co-op process; e.g. the College of Engineering’s Office of Engineering Professional Practice.
UT’s Center for Career Development is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. As a member our practices and policies regarding internships are guided by the NACE Position Statement on Internships.