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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? You can get the answers to these questions at the University of North Texas' Career Center, located in Chestnut Hall. It offers numerous services to help you gain real-world experience through an internship, identify a job or decide a career path.


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

They 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 hundreds of employers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the nation, such as Fidelity, Toyota, Amazon, 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.

If you prefer to work off campus, many restaurants, retail shops and other businesses in the area hire students.

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 Careers, 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.

Students should review UNT's policy for student employment to ensure compliance with policies and procedures for all types of student employment.

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 the 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. Work study awards are typically funded for a 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.

Each semester, hundreds of employers from the area and nation attend career fairs that are hosted 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 throughout the year for students to practice face-to-face interviewing with employers.

Additional resource

Counseling and Testing Services

You can talk to a counselor and take written career assessments to determine the careers that fit your interests, abilities and personality. For more information, visit the counseling and testing center's website.