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New Year, New Programs, New People!

By: Carley Foster

If you’re entering your Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year at UNC Charlotte, chances are the college experience doesn’t seem all that shiny and new anymore. The excitement and anticipation of the new academic year might be dampened by buying textbooks, the hassle of moving into a new residence hall (or your first apartment) or standing in line for a parking pass.
On the other hand, if you happen to be a Freshman, the first week of college is probably exciting, nerve-wracking, and confusing all at once. Wherever you are on your academic journey, you can be sure that there are tons of new services, organizations, and activities on campus for you to experience. The University Career Center is no exception, and we are excited to share with you some great opportunities to take advantage of as you start your new year at UNC Charlotte.

University Professional Internship Program (UPIP):
Are you looking for relevant work experience?
Would you like to build your resume by completing an internship?
Would you like to get paid for it?

If so, the University Professional Internship Program, or UPIP, might be for you! UPIP is designed for undergraduate students to gain valuable work experience and explore possible career choices in their field right here on campus. Students in UPIP work with their academic department for either academic credit or a 49ership (non-credit, but noted on your transcript). To apply for the program, students must be able to work 10-15 hours per week, must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester of the internship, and must have good academic standing. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors have until August 30th to apply, and internships will begin in September. Check out our Fall Newsletter if you’re interested in learning more.
Washington Center Internships: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA are able to apply for a Washington Center Internship. This internship is tailored to the student’s individual interests, and they are awarded a $6,000 scholarship. The best part? Students chosen for the Washington Center Internship will be studying and completing internships in Washington, DC! If you are interested in applying, October 1st is the deadline for the Spring semester. Remember to make an appointment with the University Career Center to receive feedback on your resume and cover letter before you apply! You can find the application by visiting this website.

New Career Advisors: If you have never paid a visit to your major’s career advisor, there’s no time like the present! The University Career Center recently welcomed new career advisors:
Megan Corkery, Assistant Director & Career Advisor for Engineering, Architecture, and Physics
Stephanie Saunders, Assistant Director for Freshman Career Planning
Neal Robinson, Assistant Director & Job Search Advisor
Tori Stevens, Assistant Director for Career Education

Career Advisors are great resources as you begin thinking about your career after college, whether you are about to graduate or just getting started. If you are interested in making an appointment, stop by the University Career center during our drop-in hours to set up a time to meet with a career counselor for your major. For more information, visit our staff directory.