UCS defines an internship as a field-based experience related to your career interests, academic major or graduate school discipline. UCS has resources and counselors to help all students, first year through PhD, find internships that meet their needs. (MBA, Law, Dental and Medical School students are not eligible for UCS services.) You may participate in an internship during either semester or in the summer. Many graduate and professional programs include internships or practicums as part of their requirements and have staff who manage student’s internship placements, however students in these departments sometimes participate in summer internships to gain more experience with help from UCS.
Obtaining an internship is an involved process, and the students who find the most success are the ones who are diligent and thoughtful in their approach. A well-formulated strategy will help you acheive your goals.
If you have been offered an internship and are seeking credit for that experience, you likely fall into one of two categories:
Many UNC students have an interest in an international experience, including internships. While obtaining an international internship can be a challenge, there are many great opportunities to internationalize your Carolina experience. The key is to start exploring resources and opportunities very early.
There are a variety of funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education. This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.
A challenge for many students related to their internship search is finding housing in the cities where internship opportunities exist, and many students place unnecessary restrictions on their internship search due to housing concerns. If you are considering an internship in a city not represented in this list, consider contacting universities in that local area, as many open their dorms to visiting interns.