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


Participating in internships — as well as research, volunteer and service activities — while in college gives students opportunities to apply academic concepts in practice and also allows the exploration of possible future occupations. The learning and skills acquired in such experiences help students become more competitive candidates in the workplace. Another benefit is the development and enhancement of transferable skills such as communication, critical thinking, leadership, diversity, ethics, social responsibility and teamwork. Students can enroll in one of two BBS internships courses, depending on individual needs, interests and experiences:

  • CLDP/CGS/NSC/PSY/4394; SPAU 4396 Field Internship (3.0 credits, Credit/No Credit) —
    For this course, students intern on a volunteer, unpaid basis in a local setting for approximately eight hours per week. They also participate in a bimonthly seminar and complete other assignments related to their internship experiences. Students are responsible for securing their own internships, although BBS advisors can help identify potential field internship sites.
  • CGS/CLDP/PSY 4395 Cooperative Fieldwork (3.0 credits, Credit/No Credit) —
    Students who are currently employed in a setting related to their major may be eligible to receive credit for their experiences through this internship course. In the Co-op Fieldwork course students may also work in paid internships in for-profit business settings for a minimum of eight hours per week. In addition to their work in the setting, students follow a syllabus and complete other assignments related to their experience.

Contact Mickey Choate at either [email protected] or 972.883.4270 for additional information on the above two courses.

Requirements for BBS Internship Courses

  • Students must be undergraduate juniors or seniors.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Students must secure their own field placement.
  • Students must begin working at their placement site during the first week of the term.
  • Students must attend a mandatory orientation before the internship begins.
  • Students must complete a profile and upload a resume to a Handshake account.
  • As representatives of UT Dallas, interns must conduct themselves professionally at all times.
  • Students working full-time jobs are strongly discouraged from registering for an internship course.

Registration in a BBS Internship Course

Interns are selected by the field sites, so students are responsible for securing their own internships. A student may learn more about potential internship sites from their BBS advisor or by scheduling an Internship Search Strategies appointment with the University Career Center in Handshake. Once you have accepted an internship offer, you must submit an experience request through Handshake to request credit.