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The mINiTERN Program is a partnership between companies and Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) that provides students with real-world business and problem solving skills.

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Are you interested in gaining real-world work experience?

Summer 2020 Important Dates

  • April 28: Applications open
  • May 22: Applications close
  • May 27: Offers sent to students
  • May 28: Deadline to accept offers
  • Week of June 1: Program kickoff 
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. 

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Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Team Meetings

  • Virtual
  • Mondays 2-4 p.m.

Past Projects

  • Economic impact 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 noon-2 p.m.

Potential Projects

  • Using Biotechnology to modify DNA in different disease-causing genes
  • Identify 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
  • Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.
Potential 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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EJ Smith Construction 

Team Meetings

  • Virtual
  • Wednesdays 8-10 a.m.
Potential 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 

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 coursework
  • Must be currently enrolled student at DCCCD (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
Strategic Initiatives

DCCCD 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