University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships
150 Atkins Building
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
How can the University Career Center help:
• NinerJobNet (online job database)
• Individual Career Advising
• On-Campus Interviewing
• Mock Interview Day
• Mock Interviews (with advisor)
• Employer Information Sessions
• Career Technology and Assessment Tools
• Career Prospector (job-shadowing)
• Experiential Learning
• Drop-in advising
• Career Resource Library
• UNC in Washington Semester
What is Experiential Learning (EL)?
• Experience-based learning =
• Opportunities to gain work experience
prior to graduation.
• Full and part-time opportunities
• Paid or unpaid
• Hundreds of positions available each
year at dozens of organizations across
the area, state, country, and world!
What are some of the benefits?
1. Explore career interests and clarify future career goals
2. Network with professionals in your field and identify potential
3. Obtain career-related experience
4. Improve your post-graduation job prospects
5. Incorporate classroom theories with applied learning
6. Improve essential job search skills like professional resume
writing and interviewing techniques.
7. Develop the marketable skills employer are looking for
8. Earn recognition for your experience through transcript notation
(or course credit)
9. Develop professional references for your future career
10. Increase self-confidence and knowledge of your interests,
abilities, and values
11. Gain experience through a program sanctioned by the university
and supported on your behalf regarding safety, ethical practice,
and quality assurance issues
• Students participants reported:
– improved academic performance
– significant increase in their success rate of
obtaining an excellent career opportunity upon
– $5,000-10,000 boost in initial salary offer* when
they had completed an Experiential Learning
– In our Post-Graduate Survey, students who had an
experiential learning experience reported better job
satisfaction in their full-time position.
* Your success in the program depends on how
proactive you are!!
Types of Experiential Learning programs
• Service Learning 49erships
• A non-credit internship experience, with
transcript notation lasting one semester and
sponsored by the University Career Center.
• Fall and spring participation is part-time;
summer opportunities are either part-time or
• May be paid or unpaid opportunities, but the
Fair Employment Act should be considered.
• Students are required to work 80 hours and
49ership Eligibility Requirements
• Student must commit to work a minimum of
80 hours over 5 weeks in a given semester.
• Students must have a 2.0 minimum
cumulative GPA and full-time student status.
• Current undergraduate or graduate status and
in good University standing.
• Students must have completed freshman-level
• Transfer students must have completed 12
undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate
credit hours at UNC Charlotte prior to
Service Learning 49erships
• Similar to a 49ership, but in a non-profit
or government agency enabling students
to gain career related experience and
contribute to addressing social issues
• Eligibility requirements are the same as
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
• A career-related educational program to help students gain
experience before they graduate.
• Available to students in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences,
Business Administration, and Engineering.
• A paid work experience in a professional setting.
• Students may work:
– alternate full-time semesters (Sept.-Dec., Jan.-May, May-Aug.) of
work with full-time semesters of school
– two back-to-back full-time semesters of work
– parallel part-time semesters of work with part-time semesters of
school. (Engineering, Engineering Technology and Computer Science
students must participate on the alternate schedule only.)
• (Engineering students may earn 1 complete year towards
their professional license.)
Co-op Eligibility Requirements
• Student must be in good University standing.
• Students must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
and full-time student status.
• Students usually begin in their Junior year; however,
Engineering and Computer Science students begin
during their Sophomore year.
• Transfer students must complete 12 credit hours at
UNC Charlotte prior to co-op application.
• Students must commit: 2-3 Alternating semesters; 3
Parallel semesters; or 2 Back-to-Back semesters.
(Students in the College of Engineering MUST commit
to complete 3 alternating semesters; Computer
Science students need only 2 alternating semesters.)
• A career related work experience that
provides students an opportunity to gain
experience before they graduate while
earning credit hours.
– Check with academic departments for
• Student Eligibility Requirements
– Students should check directly with their
Sample job duties of an EL student
• Project Design, Implementation, Execution,
• Administrative Support
• Attending planning meetings and/or meeting
• Informational interviews
• Research, analysis, quality improvement
• Teamwork/interpersonal skills development
• Utilization and strengthening of technical
• Improvement of communication skills through
presentations and creation of reports,
• Major: French
• Employer: North Carolina State Bureau of
• Job Description: To learn how a state
investigative agency functions.
• "My experience was not related to my major in
any way. I chose this internship due to me
skills and interests. I learned that Criminal
Justice majors were not the only ones that are
wanted in this field. I would encourage every
student to participate. It is a very valuable
More success stories
• Major: Master of Science in Computer
• Employer: Solectron Technology, Inc
• Job Description: Support customers in various
aspects including network administration,
application support, operating system support,
printer support and hardware support.
• "My work experience as an intern gave me the
knowledge I needed to apply for and gain
permanent employment. As a recruiter for my
department, I can honestly say that
experience means as much as a good GPA.
Gain the experience today so you will be more
marketable in the job force tomorrow."
More Success Stories
The Painting Pros, LLC
• Patricia Adkins
On the job experience is the most important part of your learning.
School shows you the tools but does not give the opportunity to apply
these tools until you have on the job experience.
Assistant Accountant Intern-Assist with accounts payable and
receivable, correspond with clients to follow-up on invoices, learn about
payroll for a small business (100 employees), enter journal entries and
gain exposure to QuickBooks.
More success stories
Tekmatex, Inc.Akiko Itokazu
I believe that an internship/49ership is important because it allows students an
opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to actual business
situations. As a part of my internship with Tekmatex, Inc., I have improved my
teamwork, organization and communication skills. I have also experienced first
hand the importance of cross-cultural communication skills in a global business
setting as well as differences between how business is conducted in Japan versus
the United States. These experiences have been invaluable to me in preparation
for my future career goals.
Intern-Assisting with translations, accounts and planning business
What is transcript notation?
• Students who successfully complete all
requirements in any Experiential Learning program
receive a notation on their transcript
• Benefits of transcript notation:
1. Official recognition by the University
2. As the job search gets more competitive, companies
are doing research beyond the resume and are
requesting official university documents that have
proof of working experience
3. Professional associations and licensing agencies
may ask for your transcript and they would be able
to see that you had a university-recognized work
4. Some companies have begin requiring students to
inquire about their internship programs as
sanctioned by the university
Responsibilities and requirements
• Students must abide the following in
order to participate in the EL program:
– Meet minimum requirements respective to
– Complete appropriate paperwork
throughout entire work session
– Thorough understanding of Experiential
Learning Handbook, located on website
under “Experiential Learning”
– Agreement to Statement of Ethical Conduct
(located on EL application and in Handbook)
How do I get started?
1. Meet with your Career Advisor
2. Prepare job search tools (resume, cover
3. Access NinerJobNet
4. Apply to Experiential Learning Program
5. Search for opportunities and possibly
6. Positions can be found through UCC or on
7. Required to inform UCC of work experience
Tips for success!
• Utilize all sources to find an opportunity
• Consult academic advisor to determine
effects on academic schedule
• Refine your interviewing skills (attend
workshops, ask for a Mock Interview
with Career Advisor)
• Ethics in the Job Search (applying for
and accepting offers)
* Additional forms required depending on student citizenship status
1. EL Application
2. Employment Confirmation
3. Learning Objectives
1. EL Application
2. Faculty Advisor Approval
• Drop-In Hours
– Monday and Friday: 10am-2pm
– Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30am-3:30pm
– Tuesday: 9am-2pm and 5-6pm
• Appointments w/ Career Advisors
– Available every weekday, call to schedule