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Professional Internship Experience Certificate

Professional Internship Experience Certificate

All undergraduate and graduate students in any School Year at UNC currently holding part-time jobs who are interested in enhancing their personal and professional development are eligible to participate in the UCS Professional Internship Experience Certificate. This program is primarily for students who want to enhance the relevance of their pre-professional college/graduate work experience to align with their academic major/degree and/or career goal. Note: Certificate requirements must be completed within two semesters.

UCS Professional Internship Experience Certificate

(For students holding part-time jobs only)

Focus 2 Assessment
What Can I do with this Major?
Handshake Profile Completion 

(Student to complete assigned tasks)
Required


1:1 Career Coaching Appointment

(Conducted by any UNC Career Coach)
Required (3 appointments)


CareerOneStop Interest Assessment
NACE Career Readiness Competencies Reflection
Industry and Job Functions Research

(Student to complete assigned tasks)
Required


UNC Career Preparation Activity

(Student chooses from campus-wide activities, events, workshops)
Required


Job Description Review
*Resume Review
Career Plan
Mock Interview 

(Conducted by an UNC Career Coach)
*Conducted by Career Peers in UCS
Required


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leadership in the Workplace

(Choose any LinkedIn Learning course)
Submit certificate of completion in Handshake Experiences
Required

Handshake Experiences Platform used to manage “PIE” Certificate deliverables with Supervisors

(Student to complete assigned tasks)
Required


Work and Project Goals with Expected Deliverables

(Student to submit on Handshake Experience)
Required


Learning Outcomes aligned with NACE Career Readiness Competencies

(Student to submit on Handshake Experience)
Required


Training Plan Outline

(Supervisor to submit on Handshake Experience)
Required


Performance Appraisals

(Supervisor to submit to JLD Coordinator)

Minimum of one performance evaluation
Required

Career Day/Fair Company Info Session Recruiter Table

(Student to participate in a UNC facilitated activity)
Required (minimum one)


Project Management Job Function Virtual Work Experience

(Forage Virtual Work Experiences Platform)
Complete One of Three Virtual Work Experience Options


Technical and Scientific Sales Rep Job Function Virtual Work Experience

(Forage Virtual Work Experiences Platform)
Complete One of Three Virtual Work Experience Options


Business Analysts & Consulting Job Function Virtual Work Experience

(Forage Virtual Work Experiences Platform)
Complete One of Three Virtual Work Experience Options


How to Leverage Work Experiences for the Career YOU Want

(UCS Career Education Workshop presented by JLD Coordinator)
Required


Deliverable: Career & Life Plan

(Student to submit on Handshake Experience)
Required

Who

All undergraduate and graduate students in any School Year at UNC currently holding on-campus part-time jobs who are interested in enhancing their personal and professional development are eligible to participate in the UCS Professional Internship Experience Certificate. This program is primarily for students who want to enhance the relevance of their pre-professional college/graduate work experience to align with their academic major/degree or career goal. Note: Certificate requirements can be completed in one semester. However, additional time can be approved up to three semesters if necessary.

What

On a completely voluntary basis, undergraduate and graduate students currently holding part-time jobs will have the opportunity to receive a UCS Certificate that certifies having completed the requirements to convert their part-time jobs into Professional Internship Experiences that are NACE Career Readiness aligned through participation in a series of workshops and activities designated by University Career Services. This certificate helps you align with your part-time job but also your degree as you are putting your classroom knowledge into practice.

Where

The majority of workshops and events are offered through University Career Services, and will be virtual and in-person. Please check Handshake for event details.

Why

Students who work part-time jobs are not always able to participate in Summer Internships or Academic Year Internships that align more closely with their career goals and majors. Additionally, students holding part-time jobs are not always able to clearly identify and communicate the myriad transferrable skills learned when speaking with recruiters at Fairs, Networking Events, or Interviews. The Professional Internship Experience Certificate provides a means for students to maximize their part-time jobs to position themselves for a future internship, full-time job opportunity, startup venture, or graduate school.

How

Tracking:

Students participating in Professional Internship Experience Certificate activities are personally responsible for tracking their own progress. University Career Services will use Handshake, Heel Life, and other tools to facilitate assignment completions so it is important that participants log into events using their UNC certificates in order for attendance to be tracked, and for assignments to be submitted.

Note: Upon application to receive the Professional Internship Experience Certificate, your participation and completion of required assignments is checked based on electronic attendance and submission records. Misrepresenting your participation in this certificate program may result in a violation of the University Honor Code. For any questions about these requirements, please contact Kara Alves, Kara.Alves@unc.edu.

University Honor Code:

It shall be the responsibility of every student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code. The Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing when these actions involve academic processes or university, student, or academic personnel acting in an official capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many activities are required?

The Professional Internship Experience Certificate is designed to be self-directed. You must complete all of the required activities plus one of the options in order to be eligible to receive your certificate that covers the three categories (i.e., Develop, Perform, and Position).

How is attendance tracked?

Log in to all University Career Services virtual workshops through Zoom using your UNC certificates. For virtual fairs, follow registration instructions through Handshake. For in-person events and activities, register on Handshake and check-in using the available kiosks.

What if I’m not interested in the designated virtual Job Function Work Experiences?

These activities will take place using the Forage Virtual Work Experiences Platform. A minimum of one of the listed virtual Job Function Work Experiences must be completed in order to be eligible to obtain the certificate. However, students are welcome to identify and complete additional virtual work experiences listed on the platform based on their professional interests.

Does completion of the Certificate guarantee me a job at the companies that recruit at UNC Chapel Hill?

No. However, it will significantly improve your employability skills and help you to differentiate yourself on job applications and interviews.

I have a conflict with an event, is there a makeup time?

Most events will be offered in fall and spring semesters, with possible virtual recordings for future access. Keep an eye on the Handshake calendar and the UCS News and Events site for details.

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