Career Center


University students with relevant work experience own a "tremendous edge" in today's competitive job market. Most employers (87.2 percent) interviewed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) said their new hires do have internship or co-op experiences. Nearly 40 percent of interns are offered full-time jobs upon graduation.

Differing from summer jobs, internships tend to be in a student's area of major study, may include college credit, and require special evaluation from both employer and faculty.

  • Pay varies from none to minimum wage and can be as much as $15 per hour. Per our policies and guidelines, the Career Center will not post any unpaid internships or fellowships for for-profit companies. We only approve unpaid internships for non-profits or government agencies. 
  • Academic credit for an internship requires registration for the appropriate 498 course in the student’s major and the payment of associated tuition and fees for the course. For this reason, unpaid internships promising academic credit will not be posted on Handshake. This will need to be handled by academic departments individually.
  • See the “Internship Coordinators by Department” document on the sidebar for information on who to connect with regarding requirements for internships for credit by individual academic departments. Internships are often the beginning of successful careers for students. The majority of internships are taken for academic credit and the academic department helps find, approves the internship and supervises the intern. Alternatively, students find their own internships and then get approval from the appropriate faculty member.


The internship experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. Prior to the beginning of the internship, there must be clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework and/or career plans. Please see the below resources for guidance in creating learning outcomes for internships:

***The University of North Carolina Wilmington Career Center is committed to a Policy of Equal Opportunity for all students and graduates. The job and internship postings provided through the Career Center are open to all without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. The Career Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington does not warrant or represent any particular posting or opportunity, whether paid or unpaid or that it complies with THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT AND/OR OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS.