Internship, Co-op, and 49ership opportunities
Students have many opportunities to gain work experience and to connect with potential employers. UNC Charlotte offers a variety of experiential learning programs in the form of internships, co-ops, 49erships, international internships, and on-campus positions. There are also research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Co-op: The most intensive type of experiential learning. Students are required to commit three semesters of paid, full-time work while working towards degree completion. Typically, students extend their programs of study by one or two semesters while completing the full-time co-op. Students who complete a co-op program can use their hours accumulated towards hours needed to earn a professional engineering license (P.E.). Students graduate with a B.S. degree in Engineering and professional experience that can bolster the resume and get a job. Some organizations use this program to recruit entry-level employees and it can be a great way to land a full-time job once the degree is earned. The co-op program is only available to undergraduate students. Co-ops are administered by the engineering department in coordination with the University Career Center.
Internship: Programs are typically run for one semester or through the summer and provide students with an opportunity to gain academic credit and real-world experience.
49ership: This is a non-credit work experience that typically lasts one semester and is available for graduate and undergraduate students. A 49ership is sponsored by the University Career center. These opportunities may be paid or unpaid, depending on the arrangement.
The Belk College of Business and Lee College of Engineering participate in experiential learning program. Refer to each college for co-op, internship, 49ership requirements.
Visit the Belk College of Business Internship page to find out more.
See the Lee College of Engineering's FAQ on student experiential learning opportunities.
Visit the University Career Center website for more information, application forms, and UNC Charlotte requirements.
Opportunities in Charlotte and beyond
See the pages below for job and internship databases for internship and employment opportunities.