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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 Spring 2022 courses is now open. The deadline to request access to the course is February 2, 2022 at 12pm.




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



Your internship must begin and end between the given semester's graduation date.  For example, in the summer you can begin your internship the day after the official spring graduation date and the internship must end by the summer graduation date.

Fall 2021 Dates: January 18, 2022 - May 21, 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"    Screen Shot 2018 07 12 at 10.59.18 AM

  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



To learn more about fellow students' internship experiences, click on the respective Industries below: