The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


BBS juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 may be eligible to enroll in an internship course and receive credit for a paid or volunteer work experience that is relevant to their degree. Students enrolled in an internship course must work a minimum of eight hours per week for the full semester. The organization may require more hours than the minimum. Students develop learning objectives for the class along with their supervisor, complete course assignments, and meet at least two times during the semester with the instructor to discuss their experience and progress towards the learning objectives.

Although students are responsible for securing their own internships, BBS advisors and University Career Center (UCC) staff can assist with identifying potential internship sites. Some students find opportunities using Handshake through the University Career Center. Contact Dr. Paul Krawietz in the University Career Center at [email protected] or 972-883-4293 for assistance with implementing a job search, developing a resume, and interview preparation.

BBS offers two internship course options, depending on a student’s needs and experiences:

  • CLDP/CGS/NSC/PSY 4394; SPAU 4396 Field Internship (3.0 credits, Credit/No Credit) —
    This course enables students to work in an unpaid internship or on a volunteer, unpaid basis in a local setting. They obtain credit for experiences relevant to their degree.
  • CGS/CLDP/PSY 4395 Cooperative Fieldwork (3.0 credits, Credit/No Credit) —
    This course enables students who are currently employed in a setting related to their major or in a paid internship to obtain credit for their experiences.

Contact Mickey Choate at either [email protected] or 972-883-4270 for additional information on the above two courses.

The internship must begin in the first week of the term. Because of time and scheduling demands, students who have full-time jobs are strongly discouraged from enrolling in an internship course.

Student interns represent UT Dallas and are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Interns should wear suitable attire and act appropriately in professional settings. Interested students can find out more about potential internship sites and interviewing for an internship.