Gain Experience Virtually

Exploring potential career paths, developing industry-related skills and creating a professional network can all be done virtually.

Types of Virtual Internships

Internships are professional work experiences related to your career interests. These structured experiences focus on your learning and professional development.

Virtual Internships:

  • Involve meaningful job duties and projects that are similar to the responsibilities of full-time employees
  • Have specific start and end dates and can be part-time or full-time
  • Are facilitated through email, phone and video platforms allowing interns to work remotely from home
  • Reports to a supervisor who is a professional in the field of the experience
  • Typically provide specialized equipment and software if needed to complete the work

Similar to traditional internships, micro-internships are short-term assignments and project-based work. These experiences typically:

  • Involve assignments and projects directly relating to career interests or specific skills
  • Require a total of 5-40 hours to complete and can last over the course of one week to three months, depending on the type and complexity of project
  • Are facilitated through email, phone and video platforms allowing interns to work remotely from home

• Freelance Work and Gigs: Short-term projects or jobs requiring a specific skillset (e.g., data collection, graphic design, copywriting, web design, etc.)
• Academic Projects: Capstone or major course assignments and projects
• Part-time Jobs: Tasks are not specific to personal career interests (e.g., call center operator, online tutoring, virtual technology support, receptionist, etc.)

Planning for a Virtual Experience

Before you begin your virtual experience search, consider:

Career Interests: Determine an industry or area in which you would like to explore and gain skills. Choose 2-3 of your top career interests before beginning your search.

Motivation and Goals: Why are you interested in a virtual experience? What goals do you have to participate in an experience? Asking yourself these questions can help you find an experience that is best for you.

Readiness: Consider the most logical timeframe to have a virtual experience. Remember your time commitments based on the number of courses you’re taking, student organization commitments, other jobs and your personal life. Also, have your resume updated and ready to apply to positions.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach to further discuss your readiness and have your resume reviewed.

Search for Virtual Opportunities

  • HireUTexas: Campus-wide job and internship board that offers thousands of opportunities at any given time. From internships, part-time jobs, campus employment, seasonal work and senior-level positions, HireUTexas serves all UT Austin students and alumni.
  • College/School Job Boards: Many of the colleges and schools utilize HireUTexas for their job board; however, some manage distinct job boards accessible to their majors.
  • Parker Dewey: Micro-internship job board open to students from universities throughout the country.
  • Additional job boards, including Indeed, Idealist, Glassdoor and LinkedIn.

Many employers have changed their recruiting events to a virtual format, and you should take advantage of these opportunities. From info sessions to workshops and coffee chats, you can find opportunities listed in the HireUTexas events calendar.

Evaluating Positions

When conducting your job search, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is it relevant? Internships should be closely related to your career goals. Carefully read the job description to determine if the job duties are related to your interests.
  2. Do my skills match the requirements? Consider the skills and knowledge you have gained through experiences such as academic courses, summer jobs, student organization involvement and leadership.
  3. What is the employer offering financially? Determine if the position is paid or unpaid. Some employers may assist you with the costs associated with internet and personal computer usage.
  4. What is the employer offering professionally? Consider the type of company you want to work for and how their values align with your own. Choose an opportunity that you feel will provide you with the greatest overall experience.
  5. Can I earn credit? Meet with your academic advisor to discuss opportunities to earn academic credits for your internship. Some degrees have internship requirements, so be sure you know what those requirements are. Even if you do not earn credit, you should still participate in an internship!
  6. Is this too good to be real? Be aware of fraudulent jobs. Review our Scam Job Posting Guide to learn more on how to protect yourself from scams.