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FAQs for Employers

  1. How do I post an internship opportunity?
  2. Why hire a New School student?
  3. What information do I need to provide in order for my New School student to receive credit?
  4. How do I access the experience learning agreement?
  5. How can my intern get a letter of eligibility?
  6. What are the criteria for an internship to be recognized by The New School?
  7. Once I have a New School intern, do I have to fill out forms? If so, what?
  8. How long can a student intern for?
  9. How many hours a week or semester can a student intern?
  10. Is a zero-credit internship considered for-credit by The New School?
  11. Are international students allowed to intern?
  12. What should be included in the learning objectives listed on the experience learning agreement?
  13. How can I best assist my intern in meeting his or her learning objectives?
  14. What should happen during the mid-term evaluation with the student?
  15. How is the student graded on the internship?
  16. How do I complete an evaluation?
  17. My job position has changed and my intern will be getting a new supervisor. What should I do?
  18. My intern wants to end his or her internship early. Can he or she do that?
  19. There are significant performance issues with my intern. What should I do?
  20. What is The New School’s Employer Ethics and Responsibilities policy?
  21. Whom should I contact if there are issues during the internship?

Hiring a New School Student to Intern

1. How do I post an internship opportunity?

Find an intern by posting your position on Successlink, The New School’s online job and internship portal. To access the system, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Successlink.

  2. Click the Employer button.

  3. Select Register and enter the required information.

  4. Review the Policy Affirmation.

  5. Select Submit.

Please note that your username and password will be emailed to you within two to three business days (the delay is due to the high volume of requests received). You can then log in to the system to post job and internship opportunities.

If you experience any issues logging in to the new system, contact New School Career Services by phone at 212.229.1324 or by email at careers@newschool.edu.

2. Why hire a New School student?

  • Work with the best and brightest: In an increasingly designed world, art and design reflect and shape all kinds of experiences. Through rigorous practice and critical scholarship, New School students prepare to become leaders in their professions and society. Project-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom familiarize New School students with the pace, required skills, and culture of workplaces, allowing them to adapt quickly to internship sites and contribute right away.
  • Find new talent: Internships let you observe students' skill sets, work habits, and personalities to determine if they might be a good fit for your company in the future. Interns can also bring fresh perspectives and methods to projects and teams.
  • Help New School students develop professionally: By hiring New School students as interns, you help them learn to apply the skills acquired at The New School in real-life work settings. You have opportunities to share resources—your knowledge, networks of contacts, and tools—with the next generation of artists and designers.

The New School’s Internship Registration Process

3. What information do I need to provide in order for my New School student to receive credit?

Authorization for a New School student to participate in an internship requires your completion of the employer's section of the Experience Learning Agreement, which is reviewed by New School staff to determine student eligibility. Failure by the employer to approve its portion of the student's ELA will result in the student's not being registered for the internship, and he or she will be unable to receive credit. If an internship is approved, staff will email your student intern a letter of eligibility to forward on to you that states that the student will receive credit from The New School for his or her internship. Students may not begin internships until they, their employers, and a representative of Parsons have approved the experience learning agreement.

4. How do I access the experience learning agreement?

  • Go to Successlink.
  • Click the Employer button.
  • Enter your username (the email address you registered with) and your password. If you have not set up or have forgotten your password, click Forgot Password.*
  • Once you’ve logged in, click on the Experience tab.
  • Click on the Pending Experience Agreements tab within the Experience page.
  • Click on the view button next to the student’s name.
  • Once you’ve filled out your portion of the ELA, click Approve.

*If you need to register for a Successlink account:

  • Click Register on the log-in page and enter the required information. (Please be sure to check Experiential Learning under the Services section.)
  • Review the Policy Affirmation.
  • Click Submit.

If you need any assistance during the approval process, please contact experience@newschool.edu or 212.229.1324.

5. How can my intern get a letter of eligibility?

The Center for Student Success, Internships, and Global Experience provides a letter of eligibility to each student who is registered in our program. If you are working with a New School intern, ask him or her for the letter or contact us directly at experience@newschool.edu.

Internship Criteria

6. What are the criteria for an internship to be recognized by The New School?

All internships approved by The New School must

  • Involve useful work related to the student's field of study and support his or her professional goals
  • Be performed under the direct supervision of a professional 
  • Involve continuous mentorship throughout the semester, as it is crucial to the success of the internship program
  • Contain a mid-point check to ensure that learning objectives are on their way to being achieved by the end of the internship 
  • Contain a student evaluation at the end of the internship
  • Meet requirements stipulated on the experience learning agreement, such as those outlining work hours, dates, and credits      
  • Ensure that interns work on site for at least 90 percent of their documented hours
  • Provide an adequate and safe working station/environment
  • Treat interns as paraprofessionals in the workplace
  • Ensure that no conflict of interest exists within the intern’s supervisory structure

7. Once I have a New School intern, do I have to fill out forms? If so, what?

Yes; in addition to opening an account on Successlink, supervisors must complete the supervisor portion of the Experience Learning Agreement, meet individually with their intern at the midpoint of their internship to discuss the intern's progress, and at the conclusion of the internship complete a supervisor evaluation form.

8. How long can a student intern for?

An 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

9. How many hours a week or semester can a student 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. Employers will be asked in 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 in the experience learning agreement. If you have questions about internship hours or need more interns (i.e., you have more than 15 hours per week of work), contact Career Services at 212.229.1324 or email experience@newschool.edu for assistance.

10. Is a zero-credit internship considered for-credit by The New School?

With The New School's approval, a student can elect a zero-credit internship option in order to document registration for an internship without paying full tuition for credits. The zero-credit internship registration process is the same as registering an internship for a higher credit amount and is sufficient to guarantee an internship's official recognition by the university.

Students often register an internship for zero credit for the following reasons:

  • They are already carrying the maximum number of credits for the semester and wish to register for an internship without incurring additional tuition charges.
  • They are interning during the summer and do not wish to pay tuition for internship credit.
  • Students must pay tuition for one- and two-credit internships. The cost sometimes deters highly qualified students from accepting internships. If you cannot pay an hourly wage for a New School intern, consider offering another form of compensation, such as a stipend or travel reimbursement. Note: International students (F-1 or J-1 visas) must be approved for Curricular Practical Training to be eligible for payment of any kind. This means that they must have a fully approved experience learning agreement before starting their internship.

11. Are international students allowed to intern?

Students attending The New School on a student visa must obtain approval from The New School International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office to participate in an internship. Once international students have confirmed their eligibility to participate in an internship, they must complete an experience learning agreement in order for ISSS to process their CPT (Curricular Practical Training). All international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa must earn academic credit for their internships and must be eligible for CPT to receive payment.

Mentorship and Evaluation of Student

12. What should be included in the learning objectives listed on the experience learning agreement?

Learning objectives are goals and objectives that students hope to achieve through internships. The New School strongly recommends that you work with your student 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 by 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. 

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. For example, an intern might apply information learned in a design course to create a tech pack for a fashion company, gain experience using Adobe InDesign or Photoshop by designing a publication, or be exposed to photography studio practices as preparation for establishing a business.

Communication Skills: During the internship, students should

  • Exercise written and verbal communication skills
  • Become comfortable talking to clients and co-workers
  • Become confident expressing ideas
  • Practice listening to and accepting both criticism and positive feedback

13. How can I best assist my intern in meeting his or her learning objectives?

It is important for you as the intern's supervisor to review his or her objectives to insure that they are realistic and achievable. If they are not, the supervisor should work with the intern to develop learning objectives that are appropriate. Over the course of the internship, the supervisor should meet regularly with the intern to review the intern’s progress toward the objectives and make adjustments if necessary to the students learning goals.

14. What should happen during the mid-term evaluation with the student?

In addition to mentoring your student throughout the internship, you are expected to hold a mid-term evaluation to assess his or her experience and performance. The mid-term evaluation is required of all employers hiring New School interns and should be completed halfway through the internship. Mid-term evaluations should take place face to face and involve

  • Engaging in open dialogue with your student about how he or she thinks the internship is progressing
  • Assessing your intern's work
  • Reviewing your intern's learning objectives and progress toward achieving them
  • Establishing corrective measures to enable the intern to accomplish his or her goals

15. How is the student graded on the internship?

The internship evaluation you complete for the student at the end of the semester will determine the student’s grade. All internships are graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. Student evaluations are intended to provide qualitative feedback on the student's

  • General level of preparedness
  • Ability to achieve goals set out in the learning objectives
  • Contribution to the work environment
  • Relevant skill set
  • Overall professionalism
  • Attendance
  • Areas that need development and specific suggestions for improvement

You will be contacted by The New School by email to complete the evaluation via Successlink. Evaluations will be available to the student once complete. Failure to complete the evaluation could result in the student's not receiving credit for the internship.

16. How do I complete an evaluation?

  • Please log into Successlink (you will need to register for a Successlink account if you don't already have one).
  • Click on the Experience tab at the top of the home page.
  • Click on the Approved Experience Agreements on the Experience page.
  • Click on the gray Evaluate Student button next to the student's name.
  • After you have completed the evaluation, hit the gray Save button at the bottom of the page.

17. My job position has changed, and my intern will be getting a new supervisor. What should I do?

If there is a change of supervisors, please let us know. The new supervisor will need to create a Successlink account.

18. My intern wants to end his or her internship early. Can he or she do that?

The Center for Student Success, Internship, and Global Experience encourages interns to remain through the agreed-upon end date. There are instances, typically due to academic workload, in which students seek to leave their internship early. When this occurs, we encourage interns and their internship supervisors to meet and discuss the issue in an effort to seek resolution. We are happy to engage with students and their supervisors at any point in this process.

19. There are significant performance issues with my intern. What should I do?

If a performance issue should arise, we advise that supervisors meet with their interns on a timely basis to discuss what the concerns are. We encourage employers to develop a written action plan with their interns to address performance issues and follow up with the interns to review progress. We are happy to engage in this process at any point with the intern to assist you in resolving the presenting issue.

Employer Ethics and Responsibilities

20. What is The New School’s Employer Ethics and Responsibilities policy?

The New School prohibits employers of interns from discriminating on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or veteran or marital status.

It is the responsibility of the student to report any discomfort experienced at the internship site to their internship site supervisor and the New School Administration.

By offering a New School student an internship opportunity, you agree to the terms, conditions, and limitations outlined in the above paragraphs.

21. Whom should I contact if there are issues during the internship?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact The New School at 212.229.1324 or experience@newschool.com. We would be happy to help you resolve any problems you might have.