UTA Business Building

Internship Program

The internship program is an excellent partnership between the Career Services Office, the College, and the corporate community. It allows you to gain valuable experience in an industry or functional area, including the application of advanced business skills learned in the program. It also rounds out your education and can make you more desirable to companies upon your graduation.

The internship coordinator is Dr. Randall Napier. He can be reached at 817-272-7398. Or, send email to the coordinator, Dr. Napier The links to the right provide further information about the Internship Program.

Internship Eligiblity Requirements

Undergraduate: Eligible students must have junior or senior standing with a declared major in INSY or OPMA, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, and have three hours available on the degree plan for advanced business electives. The internship courses in the College of Business are ONLY for declared business majors only. The internship must be in your area of concentration INSY or OPMA.

Graduate: Eligible students are those who have an overall GPA of 3.0, meet the College of Business admission requirements, have 3 hours available in INSY/business electives, and have completed at least 9 hours of INSY graduate coursework. Only one 3-credit hour internship will apply to the degree program. Information Systems students must take the internship in their second year of coursework.

International Students: If you are an international student, you have to abide by the requirements of the Office of International Education (OIE). One of their requirements is the dates you can work for a firm. Check with OIE for the exact dates. There is no negotiation on these dates. You must obtain an offer letter that states the start and ending dates before any other paperwork is processed. Check with the OIE for more details.

Note 1: The student is supposed to get a job offer first and then complete Form 2, which is required for the internship course.
Note 2: Internship credit is not given for work that would be performed in the normal course of current employment. It shall be given for an appropriate new employer (starting approximately when the semester starts), or sometimes with an existing employer (based on a new job description). The work performed must be closely related with the field of information systems, production and operations management, or statistics.
Note 3: An internship is not identical to Curricular Practical Training (CPT). It is a special case of CPT for which the student earns 3 credit hours. The "regular" CPT simply authorizes an international student to work outside the University without receiving any course credit.
Note 4: For international graduate students only: if this is your first semester in the Master's program, you are not eligible to register in an internship course.
Note 5: For graduate students only: you cannot have an assistantship and do an internship during the same semester.
Note 6: For summer interns internships will only be granted for the whole summer session and NOT Summer II.
Note 7: Students who do not properly complete their paperwork as described in the "Enrollment Procedures" section will eventually have to be dropped from the course.

Internship Course Requirements

  • One meeting with the Internship Coordinator at the beginning of the semester.
  • You must work a minimum of 240 hours (15 hours per week for 16 weeks or 40 hours per week for 6 weeks)
  • Payment to the student for work is not required.
  • Keep a daily diary of work activities.
  • Write a paper relating class studies to internship experience. The paper should be submitted in hard copy form.
  • Employer Appraisal (at the end of the semester Career Services will contact the employer to get an evaluation of your performance)
  • For students working out-of-state, pay stubs/signed timecards must be provided to the internship coordinator monthly.
  • The grade is pass/fail.