Recruiting Guidelines

ULN follows the campus recruitment policies outlined by Texas Career Engagement. It is vital to ULN that partners provide high-impact, high-quality experiential learning opportunities, particularly if students are in unpaid roles. Therefore, all unpaid experiential learning opportunities must meet the following guidelines.

These guidelines are adapted from the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Seven Criteria for Internships:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom — a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

ULN staff utilize these guidelines when reviewing and approving postings actively recruiting ULN students. ULN will contact you directly if your position is not approved and will provide suggestions for re-submission. Partners are encouraged to provide paid opportunities for ULN students whenever possible. If you have any questions, contact the Experiential Learning team at ulninternships@austin.utexas.edu.