Hosting a ULN Student

All second-, third-, and fourth-year ULN students are required to complete meaningful experiential learning opportunities each fall and spring semester. The ULN Partner Guide details the benefits, hosting options, expectations, and timeline for recruitment.

Download the ULN Partner Guide

ULN’s Definition of Internship

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and internships give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Internships can be:

  • Paid or unpaid
  • For credit or not for credit
  • On or off campus
  • Between 1 and 12 months (120-160 hours for one semester is typical)
ULN Student & Supervisor Expectations

Please review the expectation guidelines for ULN students and ULN supervisors. Please discuss these expectations, including any additional site-specific expectations you might have, during an initial supervision session with your ULN student. These guides also detail how to address unmet expectations and potential conflicts at your site, as well as how the ULN Experiential Learning team can support you throughout the process.

ULN Student Expectations ULN Supervisor Expectations

Onboarding Process

All on-campus ULN Partners should proceed with their typical departmental onboarding process for new student staff. ULN students in on-campus positions are required to have a Workday assignment. See ULN’s guide to using Workday for ULN assignments for more information.

All off-campus ULN Partners should proceed with their typical onboarding process for new staff. ULN does not require any specific paperwork from off-campus partners.

Evaluation Templates

ULN requires that all supervisors provide end-of-semester evaluations to their ULN students. The student self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation templates are provided as a potential tool for these end-of-semester evaluations. ULN recommends that you provide the self-evaluation form to your student prior to your evaluation meeting so you can jointly discuss their progress and growth. The information you collect is designed to be utilized internally at your site and does not need to be shared with ULN.

Student Self-Evaluation Template Supervisor Evaluation Template

ULN Supervisor Trainings (Required)

All employers supervising ULN students in unpaid roles are required to attend a ULN supervisor training. This session will provide all of the information you need to effectively supervise a ULN student, including appropriate onboarding and evaluation information. If you attended a ULN supervisor training prior to May 3, 2019, you are required to attend the latest version of the training, which discusses programmatic and policy changes in greater depth.

Contact ulninternships@austin.utexas.edu to schedule a 30-minute training on Zoom or over the phone.

ULN Supervision Toolkit