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  • Internships

    An internship is a temporary work experience designed to help students learn from professionals in the field and it complements the student's academic program. Many academic programs at The New School strongly encourage or even require an internship experience, and students can often earn academic credit for an approved Internship.

    Types of Internships

    Academic credit is offered through your program of study. Speak to your academic advisor or program office to learn options for a credit internship and eligibility requirements.

    Paid internships offer an hourly wage, which may vary depending on the work required. A stipend is a sum of money, usually provided to cover personal expenses, which could be given in installments over the course of the internship or in a lump sum at the end (for example, an intern might receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the internship).

    Time Commitment

    Internships are normally between three and six months duration. Different kinds of jobs require various time commitments, but employers usually expect 20 - 25 hours per week. This could be a full-day schedule for two or three days or a half-day schedule for three to five days.

    Best Time to Intern

    Intern at a point in your education when you can commit time and energy to the experience without sacrificing your academic responsibilities. Summer internships are popular but are often highly competitive, followed by the spring semester, fall semester, and winter intercession.

    When to Apply

    Employers usually advertise internships and interview applicants two to three months in advance. Think about where you want to apply during the semester before you intend to do an internship. For example, an organization will start interviewing in October and November for positions that begin in January.

    Therefore, be mindful of application deadlines, and keep track of the places you have applied to. Many students apply to five or more organizations. Follow up on the status of your application and continue to apply for positions and go on interviews until you secure one.

    Prepare for Internship

    Internship interviews should be treated formally no matter how the interviewer projects him or herself. Interviews may be conducted over the phone or in person, one-on-one or in a group. In any case, be ready to discuss why you want to intern at the organization, your academic and career goals, and all the information on your resume.

    It's never too early to gain work experience. You might approach that organization or company and ask if you can informally volunteer or shadow an employee for a few hours a week, fewer hours than an intern would work. 

    International students usually can obtain internships. However, they must speak to an adviser in International Student Services to learn about any restrictions attached to their student visas before applying for any position. Our online job board, Career Successlink, mainly lists internships in the New York metropolitan area. However, our Resources page contains information by area of interest that can lead students to internships throughout the U.S.

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