Academic Internships

Student Academic Internships

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 opportunities 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. – National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Why should you complete an internship?

  • Apply the concepts you are learning in class in real time
  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Learn more about the daily tasks of a specific position
  • Learn more about your field or industry
  • Build transferable skills for your resume
  • Build your professional network
  • Establish professional references
  • Evaluate employers prior to accepting full-time work.

Where to Get Started

  1. Contact a faculty member from your department to see if your major includes an academic internship for credit. – Not all majors have the same internship requirements for graduation. Starting with your department will give you more information about the options you have to complete an internship.  Some departments require students to complete an academic internship to graduate, some offer an academic internship as a course elective, and others do not offer academic credit to complete an internship.  For the most accurate information your major department is the best starting place to see your internship options and how this can be tied into your major graduation requirements.
  2. Search for an internship on Handshake – We list both jobs and internship opportunities on handshake for students to review and apply for if interested. You can login using your Jagwire login information and start to build your profile. Through the Mays Center you can get help searching for a job/internship, building your resume, and practicing for an interview. We are happy to help, just schedule an appointment through handshake once you have logged in.
  3. Consider your schedule – Make sure you have time to manage an internship along with classes, jobs, clubs, social activities and any other commitments that you may have. An internship is an ongoing interview with the employer. The impression you make with this company will give you a professional reference to use in the future, and could also land you a permanent job with the company. Making a professional impression is very important and starts with making sure you can commit to the hours required.
  4. Do your research and plan ahead – Don’t wait to start looking for an internship! Many companies search to fill an internship position the semester before starting your academic internship class. Planning ahead and researching internship opportunities will give you the advantage in choosing a great internship location.

Texas Internship Challenge

Another place to search for paid internships is through the TXInternshipChallenge.com website.

The Internship Grant

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Eligibility & Requirements

  • The Internship Grant (formerly ARISE Grant) is available to undergraduate students who have completed at least 15 credit hours at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
  • Students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA to be eligible.
  • Students must be enrolled in a credit-bearing internship the semester they receive the grant.
  • Students must complete at least 100 hours at their internship site throughout the semester.
  • Student clinical teaching and research experiences may be eligible. Consideration preference will be given to students completing an experience with an off-campus partner.
  • Students receiving another award/scholarship for an internship experience are not eligible.
  • This is a one-time award. Previous Internship Grant recipients are not eligible for a second award.

The Internship Grant application instructions can be found here.  Students can also follow an online video tutorial on how to complete the application via Handshake.

Upcoming Internship Grant Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2021: February 3, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Summer 2021: June 11, 2021 at 5 p.m.

In November 2020, following a competitive selection process, Texas A&M University- San Antonio was selected as a participant in the Department of Education’s new Federal Work Study Experiment.

The intent of the experiment is to expand opportunities for students to “earn and learn” while in school and to increase opportunities for students to gain valuable workplace skills and experience with off-campus employment.

A&M-SA received additional federal work-study funds in order to create the Career READY (Relevant Experience, Academics, Development, and You) program!

A&M-SA students, who are Federal Work Study eligible and participating in an unpaid internship or clinical teaching experience, are able to apply these financial aid funds toward that off-campus experience.

In collaboration with the offices of the President, Financial Aid, Human Resources, and Procurement, the Mays Center is dedicated to this pilot program’s development and success. For more information program contact the Mays Center at mays@tamusa.edu.