Button to scroll to the top of the page.



Completing an internship experience is a great opportunity to figure out your career goals and build skills for your resume.  If you're interested in gaining course credit for your internships, we offer an "Internships In The Sciences" class for both 1 and 3 credit.  This opportunity is available to all CNS students.

 The application for Fall 2022 courses is now open. The deadline to request access to the course is September 7th, 2022 at 12pm (12th class day).



To establish uniformity in the use and application of the term "internship," Career Services uses the following definition from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

To be considered a legitimate internship by the above definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.



Before gaining access to register for the "Internship In The Sciences" courses, you must first have the following:

1. A secured internship (dates of internship must be concurrent with the semester in which you are enrolling for the course) 

2. An offer letter from the company that includes:

  • Name & contact information of your internship supervisor
  • Specific beginning and end dates of the internship
  • Number of hours working per week (To enroll you must meet a total of 160 hours for summer/120 for Fall/Spring semester)
  • Pay rate (must identify if unpaid)
  • Description of what you will be doing during the internship



If you have any questions about documents, employment dates, or if you have any other questions about CPT, schedule an appointment with an international student advisor prior to applying for CPT. You can also read more about CPT requirements on Texas Global's website.

  • If you are enrolling in the CPT course in the spring, then the earliest you may begin working is the day after the university's official graduation date in December and the latest date you may work is the day of the university’s official graduation in May.
  • If you are enrolling in the CPT course in the summer, then the earliest you may begin work is the day after the spring graduation in May and the latest is the day of the university’s official graduation in August.
  • If you are enrolling in the CPT course in the fall and using CPT in the fall, then the earliest you may begin work is the day after the university's official graduation date in August and the latest is the day of the University’s official graduation date in December.

Fall 2022 Dates: August 16, 2022 - December 17, 2022

Should I take the 1-credit or 3-credit course?


This is your decision based on your degree plan.  If you are not sure, it may be a good idea to visit with your academic advisor. Please note that both courses are fully virtual and do not require attendance of any lectures and have no exams. The 3-credit course has a few more assignments than the 1-credit course but it is up to you to decide what fits with your needs!


  1. Log in to your Handshake account.

  2. Click on Career Center at the top navigation bar and then select, Experiences from the central menu on the Career Center page
  3. Click on "Request an Experience" 

  4. Complete the form and upload a PDF of your official offer letter from your internship (see offer letter requirements above). Then, wait for an approval from the CNS career services staff. You will receive an email with instructions on how to register in the course. If you have questions, please email career.services@austin.utexas.edu 

  5. If you are an international student, once your request has been approved, you will need to complete the Curricular Practical Training form.  Contact the International Office for more information about this process.

Checking the status of your course request


Please allow 3-4 business days for processing your request.  Feel free to check the status of your application on Handshake.  You can see if your request is pending, approved or if additional information is needed on the "comments" section. Career Services may also send you messages in Handshake, so be sure to check those as well.


Fall & Spring Courses

Internship in the Sciences, NSC 120E

  • 1 credit hour
  • Offered FALL and SPRING semesters only
  • Pass/Fail
  • Online course

Internships & Experiential Learning in the Natural Sciences, NSC 322

  • 3 credit hours
  • Offered FALL and SPRING semesters only
  • Pass/Fail
  • Online course

Internships & Career Experiences, EXP 000/080

Texas Career Engagement offers EXP 000/080: Internships & Career Experiences, a free, zero-credit course, available to all undergraduate and graduate students participating in internships and other career experiences. This course may also meet the requirements for CPT internship course enrollment. Learn more about the 0-credit course here.

Check out our RESOURCES FOR YOUR MAJOR page to see the internships that students in each major have done in the past!