Internship FAQs

HOW MANY STUDENTS INTERN

~ 90 % of students complete at least one internship during their time at the iSchool. 5-10% work full or part-time jobs related to the field during their time at the iSchool. Less than 5% of students do not work or work in unrelated fields (i.e., food service).

WHAT KINDS OF INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?

There are a number of internship opportunities available to iSchool students, both on and off campus. Last year over 600 paid internships were posted to iCareers and since we have less than 300 students there are plenty of opportunities to go around.

Students intern with local companies such as Consumer Reports, Whole Foods, Rackspace, Design for Use, IBM, XO Group, Razorfish, Pearson, PeopleAdmin, Project202, Progress UX, Tk20, Tokyo Electron, Tasktop Technologies, and Grainger in a variety of roles including UX Design/Research, Information Analysis, Business Analysis, Product Management and Web Development.

At UT, The Perry-Castañeda Library employs more than 20 iSchoolers in graduate research assistantships (GRA), which include in-state tuition benefits. The Harry Ransom Center and Applied Research Labs also hire a few GRAs. Student technician roles in IT services are the most coveted within the iSchool. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History offers multiple hourly internships related to archives, metadata and digitization.

Students also work or volunteer in archives or library related positions with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, The Archives of the Episcopal Church, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, the Austin History Center and other local repositories. Several surrounding public library districts employ students as well.

Please see the Student Employment Guide for more information about other academic employment options: graduate research (GRA) or teaching assistantships (TA).

WHEN ARE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE (SUMMER, FALL, SPRING)?

Internships with private companies are more plentiful in the summer though some are also available during fall and spring terms. Internships with UT and local libraries and archives are available year round.

WHERE DO STUDENTS FIND INTERNSHIPS OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN?

During the summer, many students leave Austin to pursue internships with all kinds of interesting organizations such as the Smithsonian, Salesforce, NBC Universal Archives, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola Archives, Intuit, NARA, CIA, Heritage Werks, National Baseball Hall of Fame, American Dance Festival Archives, Oscars, Library of Congress, Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp, National Park Service, Government Printing Office, Sungard, etc.

HOW DO I FIND AN INTERNSHIP?

  • iCareers should be the first place you look since many employers are advertising internships specifically to iSchoolers on the iCareers site.
  • Save a customized advanced search to receive automatic email job alerts for internships that meet your criteria.
  • Talk to the Career Director about your internship goals for individualized guidance.
  • Attend Career Fairs on Campus (especially in the spring semester) - to see a full list of career fairs visit: Recruit UT.
  • HireUTexas is a job board for UT students and alumni only.
  • Indeed.com is one of the best sites to search for jobs and internships.


*Please see the Student Employment Guide or the Job Search Links list in the Resource Library in iCareers for a list of additional resources.

TIMELINES AND DEADLINES

 

Some employers hire interns very early – 6mos to 1 year in advance while others hire the month before the internship is to start. It is important to identify the timeline of the particular employer you are targeting. For example, the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) deadline for graduate internships is in March for positions that begin in August. The CIA Open Source Center deadline is in October for positions that start in the summer.

The UT Libraries hires new students a month before each semester or right at the beginning of the semester. Most summer internships will be advertised by February and will be interviewing students in March, however, each year we always have a few employers who do not advertise their summer internships until May.

DO I NEED ACADEMIC CREDIT?

Generally, U.S. citizens do not need academic credit to accept an internship. There may be a few exceptions if you are taking an unpaid internship. If you want to get academic credit for your internship you will need to find a faculty member to sponsor you for an independent study and get the independent study approved by the Graduate Advisor. You must complete an individual study proposal form.

**International students (on F1-visa) must abide by several rules and regulations to work off campus legally. Please see the International Student Career Guide for more information regarding how to find and get internships authorized.


Building Experience is Important

Building work experience while pursuing a graduate degree is critically important for future career options and most students build experience through internships. Students who engage in internships or work in jobs related to the information field during their master’s program have better career outcomes those who do not work or work in unrelated fields.

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