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School of Urban and Public Affairs

Internship Info

Purpose:

The purpose of the internship/service learning course is to enhance the competitive advantage of interdisciplinary students in the job market or when applying for graduate  study.

Qualifying for the INTS 4395 Internship/Service Learning course involves the following:

  • Prior completion of at least 18 hours of upper level coursework in the Area of Concentration, 12 hours of which must be in a single discipline.
  • Current enrollment in, or prior completion of, INTS 2301 or higher.
  • Current enrollment at UTA during the internship semester.
  • Admitted as a BAIS or BSIS student and have miminum INTS GPA (see your advisor).
  • Identification of the internship sponsor (this is the student’s responsibility, not the professor’s).
  • Completion of the application process during the semester prior to the semester of INTS 4395. For example, if you plan to graduate in December, you should apply no later than the previous spring semester. Applications will not be received during May, June, July, and August.

Projects (traditional and non-paid) that can be used for internships/service learning:

  • Paid: This is a special project arranged with the student’s employer that can be completed during a semester and for which the student will be paid. The project must relate to the student’s stated professional goal. Academic credit can be earned for a project provided that it meets university academic standards.  involving learning objectives, measurable outcomes, and grading standards.

      NOTE: The project must begin and end during the long semester the student is
      enrolled in INTS 4395.

  • Non-paid: This is a project designed in consultation with the internship professor that must be completed during the semester and for which the student is not paid. The project must relate to the student’s stated professional goal. Academic credit can be earned for a project provided that it meets university academic standards involving learning objectives, measurable outcomes, and grading standards. NOTE: The project must begin and end during the long semester the student is enrolled in INTS 4395.
  • The project requires a minimum of 140 hours of supervised work for 3 credits, involving about 10 hours per week. The student must keep a time log.
  • The project must allow the student to apply skills/academic competencies/cognitive abilities already acquired and may also involve the student acquiring additional skills to successfully complete the project.

Procedure for Applying for INTS 4395:

  • Complete the Internship Proposal and apply. This includes a description of the project and how it relates the student’s professional/academic goal and the signatures of the student’s Academic Advisor, and the internship sponsor/supervisor.
  • The Internship Proposal must be completed and approved by the Internship Professor prior to the student enrolling in the course.

Receiving credit for the internship project involves the following:

Evaluating the project by the student’s internship supervisor according to the agreed-upon learning objectives, measurable outcomes, and grading standards. If a UTA professor is involved in the project (because technical expertise is involved), the professor will review the project and confirm or modify the grade.  The graded internship project grade will constitute 50% of the student’s grade for the course.

  • Submit a short paper, “Integration of Coursework with Experience,” to the Internship Professor explaining how the coursework in the Area of Concentration enabled the student to successfully complete the internship project. This paper will be graded by the Internship Professor and constitute 25% of the student’s grade for the course.
  • Submit a portfolio consisting of the major artifacts reflecting the student’s skills and abilities. This portfolio will be graded by the Internship Professor and constitute 25% of the student’s grade.

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