Graduate Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Graduate Internship Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Graduate Internship Program?

The Graduate Internship Program at Georgia Tech is an innovative approach to experiential learning.  The program was established in 1983 and is currently the largest graduate internship program in the United States in which students of all majors are eligible to participate.  The program provides all graduate students the opportunity to work with industry and governmental leaders in their respective areas of study.  Students receive approval from their major school to work full or part-time assignments during any semester. Graduate students may not work more than two consecutive full-time semesters before returning to school for classes, without approval from the Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.

There are no fees associated with the Graduate Internship Program. Students are enrolled through their registration in an audited hour graduate internship course, based on the number of hours that they are working weekly. A full-time internship (32 - 40 hours/week) permits students to retain all privileges of full-time enrolled students while on work assignments.  The Graduate Internship Program is available to masters and doctoral level students.

When may I apply to participate in the Graduate Internship Program?

Students are eligible to participate in the Graduate Internship Program after completion of at least one academic semester of graduate study at Georgia Tech. Students receiving undergraduate degrees from Georgia Tech who have been admitted to a Georgia Tech graduate program may seek academic departmental approval to work during their first semester of graduate study. 

As a BS/MS program participant, when can I participate as a Graduate Intern?

BS/MS degree students at Georgia Tech may seek academic departmental approval after completion of their first semester of graduate study.

How are graduate students matched with employers?

Most students find jobs by networking through their major schools and professional associations or by conducting their own research on companies. All graduate students enrolled at Georgia Tech are eligible to participate in on-campus career fairs and apply for jobs posted in CareerBuzz, maintained by the Career Center.

How and when do program participants interview for employment?

Each semester many employer representatives come to campus to interview and hire graduate interns.  Employers arrange on campus interviews through the Career Center software, CareerBuzz. An advisor that is part of the graduate career development can provide assistance with a job search or applying for positions posted in CareerBuzz.

What skills and traits are employers seeking in the students they hire?

Most employers are interested in academic excellence, good oral and written communication skills, maturity, motivation, and flexibility.

What is the cost for a Graduate Internship work semester?

No tuition or fees are paid to register a full-time work term; however, students may pay rent for campus housing or elect to pay optional fees for athletic events, health services, and campus recreation. 

Can International Students participate in the Graduate Internship Program?

Yes!  The Graduate Internship Program is a great tool for further development of your career skills through experiential education. Registration of your internship through the Graduate Internship Program qualifies your off-campus work assignment as a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) experience.  A graduate internship using CPT may be approved for any semester: fall, spring or summer. 

Can I work part-time as a Grad Internship?

The Graduate Internship Program allows the flexibility to work full-time or part-time with academic departmental approval.  Graduate students may not exceed twenty-one hours credit in a given semester, including the audit hours awarded for Graduate Internship Program work assignments. Part-time Graduate Internship classes are available.

INTN 6003: Supervised work experience for Master’s and Ph.D. student interns working 6 - 9 hours per week in their field of study for a semester. This course registers the student for 3 audited credits.

INTN 6004: Supervised work experience for Master’s and Ph.D. student interns working 10 - 15 hours per week in their field of study for a semester. This course registers the student for 4 audited credits.

INTN 6006: Supervised work experience for Master’s and Ph.D. student interns working 16 - 20 hours per week in their field of study for a semester. This course registers the student for 6 audited credits.

INTN 6009: Supervised work experience for Master’s and Ph.D. student interns working 21 -31 hours per week in their field of study for a semester. This course registers the student for 9 audited credits.

Can I work part-time as a Grad Intern and keep my GRA/TA?

Most graduate programs at Georgia Tech do not allow graduate students to work as a GRA/TA and as a Graduate Intern as the same time. However, if you are interested in doing so, please see the guidelines below:

Must provide documentation (through the internship offer letter) that they will be working for no more than 20 hours a week combined, with the options of working at as intern and a GTA/GRA combined below:

12 GTA/GRA, 8 hours as an intern
13 GTA/GRA, 7 hours as an intern
14 GTA/GRA, 6 hours as an intern

How do I find a graduate-level internship?

Most graduate students network through their major department or professors to identify Graduate Internship opportunities closely related to their research interests.  All Georgia Tech graduate students are encouraged to sign up for CareerBuzz through the Career Center, take advantage of various career fairs organized throughout the year, and to apply for appropriate positions listed on CareerBuzz.

I am an international student on F-1 visa; when can I start work?

International students on F-1 visas must attend at least two academic semesters of classes at any college or university in the U.S. before becoming eligible to work off-campus in the U.S.

Work assignments in the international student’s home country or a third country may be approved after at least one semester of graduate enrollment at Georgia Tech.

For more questions about F-1 guidelines, please either consult with the Office of International Education (OIE), or see their website for F-1 regulations and policies.

Do I receive academic credit for my graduate internship?

Graduate interns must complete all curriculum requirements for their major.  During full-time work terms, students register for a twelve-hour audit intern class to maintain full-time status. The audited internship class does not count toward the academic credits required for a degree.  The same is true for the audit credit students take when they register for part-time internship classes. 

I received a grade of “V” for my Grad Internship course; what does that mean?

The “V” on transcripts for Graduate Interns work assignments is the standard satisfactory grade awarded for any non-fee based audit course at Georgia Tech. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and Pass/Fail grades are reserved for academic credit bearing classes that require tuition.

This sounds too simple. What requirements must I satisfy for internship credit?

All Graduate internship work assignments must be related to your academic major.  Graduate Internships assignments must be paid, although compensation varies from one employer to another. Each Graduate Internship student is asked to provide updated contact information on their work supervisor; at the end of the work semester, the work supervisor will receive an e-mail request to complete an online performance evaluation of the Grad Internship student.  Finally, each student is asked to log into the Career Center’s web-based recruitment and management system, CareerBuzz, to complete a work report at the end of each Graduate Internship work assignment.

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