Finding a Job or Internship

Applying your interests, skills, and values in a changing world

 Experiential learning is an essential part of the UD education, and the Office of Personal Career Development can assist you in finding opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

Internships, part-time employment, and volunteer experiences allow you to investigate your abilities, skills, interests, and values in a practical environment. You can identify professional areas of interest and build experience and credibility as a future employee while developing the knowledge and competence to perform well.  

In addition to learning valuable new skills and gaining practical experience, internships also provide you with an opportunity to explore a field of interest before "officially" entering it.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a monitored work or service experience that allows students to gain hands on experience in an occupational field. The structure of an internship can vary depending on the organization.

 The following are common characteristics of an internship:

  • Typically lasts about three months and occurs during the summer, fall, or spring semester
  • May be part-time or full-time
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • If unpaid, may require the student to obtain academic credit and must meet certain labor law criteria
  • Interns should be provided with an on-site supervisor/mentor
  • Differs from short-term or volunteer work in that it has an intentional "learning agenda" in a structured environment
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development.

Experiential Education

Remember that internships are just one component of experiential education. Participation in the following activities is also important for career development and can help build your resume.

  • Volunteer work
  • Service projects
  • Research
  • Summer or part-time jobs
  • Study abroad

Academic Credit

Academic credit for approved internships, part-time employment, and volunteer experience during the academic school year can be obtained through various University of Dallas academic departments and the Office of Personal Career Development (course number 3V57).

All University of Dallas students who meet academic performance standards and  may be eligible to earn up to six hours of upper-level elective course credit through internship experience. Students may also be eligible to earn course credit for community volunteer services (course number GST1106) . Contact Gaby Martin regarding requirements and deadlines. All internships requiring academic credit are subject to approval.

Preparation

The internship search process can take 6-9 months and requires several key steps.

  • It's important to take the time to Explore Majors and Careers  in order to identify areas of interest.
  • When offered, attend OPCD, student organization, and departmental events to hear employers talk about various industries, careers, and internship opportunities.
  • Review online career libraries such CareerLink and Indeed.
  • Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews are an important part of the internship search.
  • Review Expand Your Internship Search for multiple internship databases that provide additional geographic locations and opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences.
  • Check application deadlines far in advance and learn about the recruitment process for your area of interest. Make an appointment to meet with a counselor to help you customize your search and learn more about the recruitment process in your area of interest.
  • If you know you are interested in a particular organization, go directly to the Organization's website to search for openings. If internships are not listed, you might want to develop your own internship.  Speak with a Career Advisor about how to contact the Organization directly to propose a new internship.
  • Network
  • Keep track of all of your applications, interactions with recruiters and contacts, interviews, and necessary follow-up.

Where do UD Students Engage in Experiential Learning? 

Below are examples of recent internships held by UD students (majors indicated parenthetically): 

  • Development Intern, Dallas Contemporary Museum (Art History)
  • Research Intern, Retina Foundation (Biology)
  • Advertising Intern, Moroch Partners LP (Business)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant / REU at Johns Hopkins (Chemistry)
  • Real Estate Intern, United Development Funding United Mortgage Trust (Economics, Finance)
  • Contributing Writer, Dallas Morning News (English)
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum (History)
  • Bilingual Operations Intern, Dallas Goethe Center (Modern Languages)
  • Policy Analysis Intern, National Center for Policy Analysis (Philosophy)
  • Research Assistant, REU at Virginia Tech University (Physics)
  • Research Intern, George W Bush Presidential Library - US Archives (Politics)
  •  Son-Rise Autism Treatment Intern (Psychology)
  •  Intern, Good Shepherd Catholic Community (Theology)

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