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FAQs for Students

  1. How do I register my internship for credit?
  2. What happens after I submit an experience learning agreement (ELA)?
  3. How long will it take for my experience learning agreement (ELA) to be approved?
  4. What is the deadline to register my internship?
  5. What else is required for internship registration?
  6. My supervisor will not submit the experience learning agreement (ELA). What should I do?
  7. My supervisor is asking for a letter stating that I am eligible to intern. What should I do?
  8. When can I start interning?
  9. What if my supervisor asks me to sign additional documents/contracts/agreements?
  10. Can I earn credit for an internship that takes place in a different country?
  11. What is the process for documenting an internship I am doing in France?
  12. How long can I intern for?
  13. How many hours a week or a semester can I intern?
  14. Am I required to work during spring break, finals, or other school commitments?
  15. What is the difference between a zero-credit internship and credit-bearing internships?
  16. What should be included in the learning objectives?
  17. Can I do more than one internship in a semester?
  18. Can I apply my summer internship to the fall semester?
  19. Whom should I contact if I have an issue at my internship site?
  20. What is a mid-term evaluation?
  21. What happens if I quit my internship?
  22. What should I do if my internship supervisor leaves?
  23. Can I end my internship early if I’ve already worked the minimum number of hours needed to earn credit?
  24. How is my internship grade calculated?
  25. How can I view my evaluation?
  26. What happens if my supervisor does not submit an evaluation for my internship?
  27. Do I need to fill out any forms besides the experience learning agreement (ELA) if I am an international student?
  28. How do I document a paid opportunity that is not an internship?
  29. Can I still participate in an internship if ISSS determines I am CPT ineligible?

Registering Your Internship for Credit

1. How do I register my internship for credit?

To register your internship for credit, you will need to submit an experience learning agreement (ELA):

  • Go to Successlink.
  • Click the Student/Alumni button.
  • Enter your Net ID and Password.
  • Click the Profile tab at the top of the page and then Experience from the dropdown menu.
  • Click Add New.

2. What happens after I submit an experience learning agreement (ELA)?

1. Your supervisor will be notified via email by Experience that he or she needs to complete the supervisor portion of the ELA. You will know that your supervisor has completed his or her portion of the ELA when the Internship Site Section of your ELA (located in the Experience tab in Successlink) has your supervisor's completed answers. (If you still do not see your supervisor's responses in the ELA within a few business days, you can send your supervisor an email to remind him or her to complete the agreement. Here is a sample reminder email for your reference.)

2. Your academic advisor will then review and approve the ELA. You will be emailed registration information (either instructions for how to register with the CRN for the internship course or confirmation that you have been registered for the internship course) once your advisor has approved the ELA.

3. Experience will then email you a letter of eligibility. The letter of eligibility will state that you will receive credit for the internship and can be forwarded on to your internship supervisor.

4. If you are an international student who is eligible for CPT, ISSS will then issue your documentation. Once your ELA is fully approved, ISSS will automatically begin processing your CPT (if you are CPT eligible). You can follow up with ISSS directly for an update on your CPT by emailing ISS@newschool.edu.

You can check the status of your ELA at any time by logging into Successlink.

3. How long will it take for my experience learning agreement (ELA) to be approved?

The amount of time your ELA will take to process varies and depends on how long it takes your supervisor and academic advisor to approve their portions. You can check the status of your ELA at any time by logging into Successlink.

4. What is the deadline to register my internship?

Semester Beginning of ELA Review by Experience/Advisors Parsons and Lang Externship Internship Deadline Lang Seminar Deadline School of Jazz Deadline
Fall 2015 Monday, July 6, 2015 Friday, October 2, 2015 Thursday, September 18, 2015 Friday, September 11, 2015
Spring 2016 Monday, November 2, 2015 Friday, March 4, 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 Friday, February 5, 2015
Summer 2016 Monday, April 4, 2016 Monday, June 6, 2016 TBA Monday, June 6, 2016

Experience learning agreements (ELAs) can be submitted before the first date they will be reviewed by The New School. ELAs submitted after the fall or spring internship deadline will be eligible only to be registered for zero credit.

5. What else is required for internship registration?

Besides meeting the degree level requirements for your specific program, there is no prerequisite for registering for an internship. However, it is strongly recommended that you attend the internship workshops held at the start of fall and spring semesters. For a schedule of upcoming workshops, log into Successlink and click on the Events tab.

6. My supervisor will not submit the experience learning agreement (ELA). What should I do?

If the supervisor delays more than a week in submitting the ELA, follow up by emailing or calling your prospective supervisor. Here is a sample reminder email for your reference. You will know that your supervisor has completed his or her portion of the ELA when the Internship Site Section of your ELA (located in the Experience tab in Successlink) has your supervisor's completed answers.

7. My supervisor is asking for a letter stating that I am eligible to intern. What should I do?

Once the experience learning agreement (ELA) has been completed, we will email you a letter of eligibility stating that you will receive credit for your internship that can be forwarded on to your supervisor.

8. When can I start interning?

You can begin your internship once your experience learning agreement (ELA) has been fully approved.

9. What if my supervisor asks me to sign additional documents/contracts/agreements?

Please email experience@newschool.edu and include a copy of the document/ contract/agreement your supervisor has asked you to sign. 

10. Can I earn credit for an internship that takes place in a different country?

You can use the experience learning agreement (ELA) to document an internship that takes place anywhere in the world. Keep in mind that the country you are interning in may require other documentation beyond the ELA.

11. What is the process to document an internship I am doing in France?

To participate in an internship in France, the French government requires you to complete a convention de stage in addition to the experience learning agreement (ELA) that The New School requires to register your internship

Here are the steps for submitting a convention de stage:

  • Complete the student portions on two copies of the convention de stage (there must be two hard copies of the document).
  • Send both copies to your employer for the employer to complete his or her portion on each.
  • Your employer must send both copies back to The New School to Victoria Brown, The New School, 79 Fifth Ave, 18th floor, New York, NY 10003. (Please let us know when your employer has mailed this to us so that we can know when to expect it. If the employer provides you with a tracking number for the mailing, please forward that to us.)
  • Once the university portion has been completed and The New School's legal department has approved the wording, a copy of the agreement will be mailed to your employer so that the employer can keep the document on file. The other copy stays on file here at The New School.

Because of the time it takes to receive mail to and from France, we encourage you to allow as much time as possible for this process to be completed.

Internship Criteria

12. How long can I intern for?

Your internship must fall within the following dates of each semester:


Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Summer 2016
Graduating Students Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015 – Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Monday, January 25, 2016 – Monday, May 16, 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Sunday, August 28, 2016
Continuing Students Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015 – Sunday, January 24, 2016. Monday, January 25, 2016 – Monday, May 16, 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Sunday, August 28, 2016

Be sure to take into account final projects and other coursework when planning your end date, so that you’re not overwhelmed at the end of the semester. 

13. How many hours a week or a semester can I intern?

In order to maintain a balance between coursework and the internship experience, students cannot work more than 15 hours per week during the fall or spring semester without the approval of their academic advisor. Students can work up to full-time during the summer semester.

Students must work a minimum of 60 hours total to receive credit for a zero- or one-credit internship and a minimum of 120 hours to receive credit for a two-credit internship. Supervisors will be asked on the final evaluation to verify that the student has worked the agreed-upon number of hours for the semester.

A student cannot work more hours than the number specified on the experience learning agreement.

14. Am I required to work during spring break, finals, or other school commitments?

If you are planning to take any school holidays or breaks during the semester, please communicate this to your supervisor as early into the internship as possible. Your supervisor will most likely assume that you are working your regularly scheduled work hours during school holidays, such as spring break. If you are not planning to be at your internship site during one of these times, be sure to let your supervisor know as early into the internship as possible.

Be sure to take into account final projects and other coursework when planning your internship end date so that you’re not overwhelmed at the end of the semester.

15. What is the difference between a zero-credit internship and credit-bearing internships?

By selecting a zero-credit internship option, you register an internship with The New School that will be officially recognized and recorded on your transcript without the payment of full tuition for credits. The zero-credit internship registration process is the same as registering an internship for a higher credit amount.

With your academic advisor's approval, you can elect to register for a zero-credit internship. There are several common reasons for taking this option.

  • You are already carrying the maximum number of credits for the semester and wish to register for an internship without incurring additional tuition charges.
  • You are interning during the summer and do not wish to pay tuition for internship credit. (Note that you will still need to pay a registration fee to register a zero credit internship.)

You may not be permitted to enroll for zero credit if you need credit hours to graduate. Your academic advisor will assess your case and determine whether you are eligible.

16. What should be included in the learning objectives?

Learning objectives are goals and objectives that students hope to achieve through internships. The New School strongly recommends that you work with your supervisor to set useful, reasonable internship learning objectives. The New School formalizes this process by requiring that learning objectives be outlined on the experience learning agreement and that the student’s progress on these objectives be documented through a mid-term evaluation and a final evaluation.

Use the guidelines below to establish learning objectives with the student:

Professional Skills: Students acquire professional skills by participating in a professional work environment. They

  • Gain an understanding of office hierarchies and learn to define effective and efficient work practices
  • Develop mentor relationships and a professional network
  • Accomplish tasks or participate in projects that showcase their skills and build résumés and portfolios
  • Observe professional etiquette, including dress codes and proper forms of communication

Industry Awareness: Interns learn how an industry works and how various companies and consumer markets differ from one another.

Relating Internships to Classroom Experience and Career Goals: Internships should relate to coursework. 

17. Can I do more than one internship in a semester?

You must be a junior or a senior or be enrolled in an associate’s program to be eligible to submit more than one experience learning agreement (ELA) in a single semester. You must notify the supervisors at both of the internships via email (cc’ing experience@newschool.edu) that you are participating in more than one internship during the semester.

18. Can I apply my summer internship to the fall semester?

A student taking an internship can receive academic credit only for the term in which the internship was undertaken. You cannot apply an internship to a different semester.

During Your Internship

19. Whom should I contact if I have an issue at my internship site?

If you're not sure how to handle something that comes up at your internship or have any questions, contact us at experience@newschool.edu so that we can help you with next steps.

20. What is a mid-term evaluation?

Your supervisor will hold a mid-term evaluation with you at the halfway point of your internship to assess your experience and performance. Mid-term evaluations should take place face to face and involve

  • Engaging in open dialogue with your supervisor about how you think the internship is progressing
  • Being assessed on your work
  • Reviewing your learning objectives and progress toward achieving them
  • Establishing corrective measures to enable you to accomplish your goals
  • If you are a Lang student, you will also complete a mid-point self evaluation via Successlink.

21. What happens if I quit my internship?

Quitting your internship results in an Unofficial Withdrawal and Failure (WF) grade in your course, which will be noted on your academic transcript. WF has a GPA value of 0 and is issued to indicate that a student has not attended or not completed all required work in a course but did not officially withdraw before the deadline. It differs in meaning from "F," which indicates that the student has completed all requirements but that the level of work did not qualify for a passing grade.

22. What should I do if my internship supervisor leaves?

If your supervisor changes during the internship, please let us know by emailing experience@newschool.edu with the name, title, email and phone number of your new supervisor so that we can update your experience learning agreement and make sure that there is no delay with your evaluation being completed at the end of the semester.

Internship Grading

23. Can I end my internship early if I’ve already worked the minimum number of hours needed to earn credit?

Even if you work the minimum hours required for your credit amount, you must work until the end date indicated on your agreement. If you do need to change your end date, you should discuss this with your supervisor and then contact Experience so that we can update the end date in your agreement. If you are leaving the internship earlier than the end date indicated on your experience learning agreement (ELA), there is a possibility that the employer may not give you a passing evaluation.

24. How is my internship grade calculated?

Internship credit is determined not only by the number of hours you work, but also by the evaluation that we receive from your supervisor. Your supervisor will be contacted by Experience with instructions for completing the evaluation at the end of the semester. You will be able to view this evaluation once it is complete.

25. How can I view my evaluation?

To view your evaluation for your internship:

  • Go to Successlink.
  • Click the Student/Alumni button.
  • Enter your Net ID and Password.
  • Select the Profile tab and click Experience from the drop-down menu.
  • Click the Employer Evaluation link to the right of your current experience learning agreement.

If you don’t see the employer evaluation link on the Experience page, we have not yet received an evaluation from your supervisor.

26. What happens if my supervisor does not submit an evaluation for my internship?

If your supervisor does not submit an evaluation by the grading deadline, you will be notified by The New School Center of Internships and Global Experience that an "Incomplete" or "I" grade is being recorded for your internship. You can complete one of the below options and email it to  experience@newschool.edu to provide a grading alternative to the "I" grade:

  • Submit a 500-word reflective essay expanding on one of the following questions:
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and résumé to include your most recent internship experience.
  • Create and/or update your online portfolio/website to include your most recent experience.

International Students

27. Do I need to fill out any forms besides the experience learning agreement (ELA) if I am an international student?

International students must fill out an ISSS Online Service Request, which can be done at the same time as submitting the experience learning agreement. All international students ( F-1 and J-1 visas) must have any paid or unpaid internships for academic credit (including zero-credits internships) authorized by International Student and Scholar Services before starting work. Once the experience learning agreement is fully approved, it is automatically forwarded to ISSS.

28. How do I document a paid opportunity that is not an internship?

If you are an international student seeking CPT for a paid opportunity other than an internship, you will still need to submit an experience learning agreement (ELA). When filling out the ELA, select "other" when answering the question "What type of experiential opportunity will you be participating in?" Your academic advisor must determine the opportunity to be relevant to your coursework in order for the position to qualify for CPT.

29. Can I still participate in an internship if ISSS determines I am CPT ineligible?

If ISSS determines that you are CPT ineligible, you can still participate in the internship as long as it is unpaid. CPT ineligible status means that you cannot be paid for the internship.