UNT Home | Undergraduate Majors and Interests | Special Interests | Internships, Employment and Career Advising


Internships, Employment and Career Advising


Where can I get a job to help me pay for college? How can I get real-world experience in my field while I’m still in college? What career should I pursue? What businesses are hiring? These are questions our students consider while attending the University of North Texas. The Career Center, located in Chestnut Hall, offers numerous services to help you gain real-world experience through an internship, identify a job or decide a career path.

Internships

Internships are work experiences (typically one semester) related to your field of study and may give you a competitive advantage in the job market and help you to:

  • Obtain transferable skills by working in a professional environment
  • Create a valuable network of contacts in your industry
  • Reinforce your choice of major and career path

Internships can be part time or full time and are available throughout the year. The summer is the most popular season for obtaining them.

Depending on your major, you could receive academic credit for an internship. Completing an internship is mandatory in some degree programs.

We work with more than 4,000 employers such as Ericsson, McKesson, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments, among others.

On-campus and off-campus employment

The center assists students in identifying local jobs on or off campus. Many restaurants, retail shops and other businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region hire students if you prefer to work off-campus. Some on-campus jobs include:

  • Aerobics or swimming instructors
  • Assistants in computer labs or the libraries
  • Cashiers, cooks or dishwashers in residence hall cafeterias
  • Clerical jobs in academic departments or non-academic areas such as the registrar’s office
  • Desk clerks or resident assistants in residence halls
  • Lifeguards
  • Referees for intramural sports

Job openings are advertised on the Eagle Network, which is available to all students. We also host part-time job fairs each August and January.

If you decide to work on campus, we recommend scheduling classes so you have three to four hours available during the day. This allows you to work 15 to 20 hours per week. Some departments are flexible with your schedule, but others may prefer you work in the morning, mid-day or afternoons.

Work-study opportunities

Work-study jobs are partially funded by the state or federal government and awarded based on financial need. To qualify for these positions, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet the requirements.

Typically, students in these positions work 10 to 20 hours a week on campus and earn an hourly wage. A typical award is $4,000 per nine-month academic period. This award doesn’t guarantee a job on campus, but makes you a more desirable candidate for some positions.

Federal work study guidelines prohibit students from working during scheduled class time.

Career exploration and advising

Our career advisors provide assistance in researching employment fields and landing your first job. Career advising includes help with:

  • Career transitions
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Job search strategies
  • Networking skills
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Salary negotiation

The center also houses an online library containing career exploration and job search materials and online career guidance programs. A computer lab is available for developing your résumé and researching employers, employment opportunities, salary surveys, and supply and demand trend surveys.

Each semester, more than 300 employers attend career fairs that we host on campus. An additional job fair for summer jobs is held in the spring.

Seminars on career and employment topics are offered year round. A job shadowing program is available to students who want a firsthand look into a specific career. Mock interview days are held twice a year for students to practice face-to-face interviewing with employers.

Additional resource

Counseling and Testing Services

You can talk to a vocational counselor and take additional written career assessments to determine the careers that fit your interests, abilities and personality. For more information, visit the Counseling and Testing website.