The mINiTERN Program is a partnership between local companies and Dallas College that provides students with real-world business experience through a 10-week externship.

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Summer 2021 Important Dates

  • May 7:  Applications Open
  • May 24:  Applications Close
  • May 28:  Offers Sent to Students
  • May 31:  Deadline to accept offers (midnight)
  • June 4:  Team building workshop (all teams)
  • Week of June 7:  Team kick-off meeting
mINiTERN At-A-Glance

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Team meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Students may apply to any program that matches their schedule, but may only participate in one project per semester. 

Students successfully completing the mINiTERN program will receive 4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which will show on the student's Dallas College transcript.

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Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Team Meetings

  • Virtual 
  • Mondays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Potential Projects

  • What are the economic impacts of extreme weather 
  • Using drones to improve transmission line evaluation
  • Customer strategies for reducing power usage
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UT Southwestern Medical Center

Team Meetings

  • Virtual 
  • Mondays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Potential Projects

  • Using biotechnology to modify DNA in different disease-causing genes
  • Identifying drugs that could target cancer cells for treatment
  • Stimulating cell growth and development in vitro
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City of Irving

Team Meetings

  • Virtual 

Past Projects
  • Engineering/Smart Cities involving transportation, infrastructure, technological innovation, or urban planning. 
  • Environmental initiatives to support public outreach campaign or social media enhancement. 
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Team Meetings

  • Virtual 
Past Projects
  • Survey of technologies such as drones, sensors, etc. to support geospatial applications.

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EJ Smith Construction 

Team Meetings

  • N/A 
Past Projects
  • Evaluate current software vs new software for transition from subcontractor to general contractor management 
  • Strategies for rightsizing the company by bringing technology in-house or outsourcing 


Join Dr. Jason Treadway, Director, STEM Institute of Dallas College along with mINiTERN students and Hunt Consolidated, inc. Program Managers as they discuss first hand the positive experiences they had with mINiTERN.

Why should I?

  • Real World Experience
  • Professional Networking Opportunities
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Build Resume Experience
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Application of Academic Studies


  • Must have completed at least 15 credit hours of college-level course work
  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Dallas College (not applicable during summer)
  • Have a strong desire to gain professional skills and experience
  • Must be available to attend all team meetings (see project list)
  • Understand that time commitment is four to six hours per week for the 10-week program
Ben Hetrick
Ben Hetrick
mINiTERN Participant
“The experience of working on a professional research problem and having the chance to give a professional presentation was such a great opportunity for me. The humor and straightforwardness brought to the meetings by the Sharyland staff created a welcoming environment, making it very comfortable and easy to work in.”

Dr. Jason Treadway

  • Director
  • Strategic Initiatives

Dallas College Faculty and Staff

Interested in becoming a team advisor? Contact us today to discuss opportunities.

Benefits include: 

  • Professional networking
  • Develop strong student relationships
  • Guide students toward their career goals