What is an internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. (The National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE, 2011)

What standards must a work experience meet to be defined as an internship?

A student work experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—must meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration as a legitimate internship according to the NACE definition:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom—that is, a learning experience that involves applying knowledge gained in the classroom. It cannot simply advance the operations of the employer or consist of the work a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge acquired must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience must have a defined beginning and end and a job description listing desired qualifications.
  4. There must be clearly defined learning objectives or goals related to the professional goals guiding the student's academic coursework.
  5. There must be supervision by a professional with expertise and an educational and/or professional background in the field.
  6. This supervisor must give routine feedback.
  7. The host employer must provide resources, equipment, and facilities that support learning objectives or goals.

What is the Lang Internship Program?

The Lang internship Program provides high-quality supervised professional work experiences for academic credit. Students prepare for full-time employment or graduate study by participating in a range of activities designed to promote professional growth and development, skill acquisition, and mastery of job search techniques. During their internships, students participate in a seminar and document their activities using evaluation forms, time sheets, and journal assignments. For more information about the program, stop by our office at 64 West 11th Street or download the most recent Pre-Internship Guide.

Am I eligible to enroll?

If you have earned 30 or more credits, are in good academic standing (defined as a cumulative and term GPA of 2.3 or above), have met with an internship advisor, and have received approval for your Internship Proposal, you are eligible to enroll in the Introductory Internship Seminar.

Can I earn credit for a past internship experience?

You cannot earn credit for an internship you held before registering in our program. Lang's Internship Program has academic components that must align with the internship experience, such as student progress evaluations, participation in a seminar, and completion of academic assignments.

How many hours are expected?

A typical internship requires between 10 and 30 hours per week over a full academic semester. In order to receive credit, students must commit to a minimum of 60 hours per semester. However, students cannot intern for more than 35 hours per week. The duration of the internship must be at least 12 weeks (fall or spring semester) or eight weeks (summer).

How many credits can I earn?

Internships are an integral part of the educational process at Lang. During the fall and spring semesters, internships that offer one to eight credits (depending on your level) are available; summer internships offer one to six credits. Internships are experiential education, designed to introduce you to the opportunities and challenges of the professional environment, and are considered non–liberal arts credits.

As an undergraduate, you can earn a total of 16 internship credits. You can earn no more than eight internship credits per academic year. In addition, you can apply no more than 24 credits toward graduation through the combination of independent studies, internships, and other individualized coursework.

How many times can I enroll in the internship program?

You can enroll several times (even during consecutive semesters), depending on the total credits earned and anticipated from your internships. Keep in mind that you cannot exceed the maximum of 16 credits. During the advisement and registration period, you and your advisor will review your credit totals and discuss your goals.

Can I repeat an internship at the same site?

Yes. Interns frequently become an established and critical part of the team at a workplace. If invited by your employer to extend your internship, you have the option of continuing at that site for a second consecutive semester.

Are internship credits counted as liberal arts credits?

No. Internship credits are considered non-liberal arts credits, along with credits earned in the study of other applied arts and sciences (such as studio art, performing arts, business, and physical education courses). You can apply a maximum of 30 non-liberal arts credits toward the 120 credits required for graduation.

Must my internship relate to my path of study?

Not necessarily. You can select an internship that explores an area of personal interest, a prospective career path, or a hobby.

Can I intern at two sites in a single semester?

Unfortunately, students cannot register for two internships in a single semester. If you are having difficulty deciding between two offers, commit to your first choice and try to keep your options open at the second site.

What about internships outside of the New York metropolitan area?

Students can earn credit for an internship outside of the New York metropolitan area during the summer session. Discuss your plans with an internship advisor.

Can I accept a paid internship?

Yes. You can also receive academic credit for a paid internship. While many internships are unpaid, some provide an hourly wage, a modest stipend, or reimbursement for transportation and lunch expenses. However, you cannot earn academic credit for full-time salaried jobs.

Can an international student do an internship?

Yes, but your visa may affect your ability to accept a paid position. To determine your eligibility, contact the Office of International Student Services.

How do I register for the Introductory Internship Seminar?

Schedule an appointment with a staff member at the Internship Program office to learn about the proposal process and complete a student data sheet. Internship advisement and approval take place the semester before enrollment and coincide with the registration period. To arrange an appointment with an advisor, visit the Internship Program office.

What is the tuition charge for the summer session?

Tuition for the summer session is charged on a per-credit basis. Limited scholarship resources are available for those who qualify. Please consult with a financial aid counselor to learn more about the application process.

How do I find an internship?

Consult the internship database for postings, search internship websites and links, and speak to student interns, internship advisors, faculty members, and friends. Think creatively. Everyone is encouraged to bring ideas to the program. Current internship listings are posted to our Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/#1/elcinterns.

After developing a list of prospective sites, research organizations and contact them by telephone or email to inquire about available positions. On the basis of your interviews and employment offers, select an internship and commit for the following semester. Ideally, you should secure the internship commitment before leaving for summer or winter break.

Questions About Internship Program PDF Forms

When I click on the file, I get an error message saying that my computer cannot open the Internship Form.

In order to open and use PDFs, you must have Adobe Reader version 8.0 or higher installed on your computer.

I have a Macintosh computer. When I click on the PDF file, it opens, but I am unable to fill in the fields or save the Internship Proposal form.

To open PDFs, Macs use a default program called Preview that does not allow you to alter the file. To fill in the Internship Learning Agreement, open Adobe Reader and instruct it to open the PDF document.

The Submit button is not working. What should I do?

Email the Internship Proposal to elcinterns@newschool.edu.

How will I know if the university has received my Internship Proposal?

Your supervisor will receive a confirmation email after submitting the Internship Proposal; Lang will copy you on the confirmation.

I am having trouble signing the Internship Work Contract. Can I print it out and turn in a hard copy version?

No. All Internship Proposals must be submitted digitally. If you are having trouble creating a digital form, contact ELC Interns by email at elcinterns@newschool.edu or by phone at 212.229.5100 x2262.

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