Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

Guide for Employers

  1. Why hire a Parsons intern?
  2. How do I hire a Parsons intern?
    1. Step 1: Find an intern
    2. Step 2: Register your internship using the Experience Learning Agreement
      1. Employer internship registration process
        1. Letter of eligibility and credit
      2. The Internship Work Contract and process for completing it
        1. Sample internship timeline (spring)
      3. Internship Criteria
        1. Internship start and end dates
        2. Hours and credits
        3. Zero-credit internship option
        4. Intern payment
    3. Step 3: Mentor and evaluate your intern
      1. Mentorship
      2. Learning objectives
      3. Mid-Point Check
      4. Student Evaluations
  3. Internship issues
  4. Employer ethics and responsibilities


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, Parsons students prepare to become leaders in their professions and society. Project-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom familiarize Parsons 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 Parsons students develop professionally. By hiring Parsons students as interns, you help them learn to apply the skills acquired at Parsons 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.


You Can Hire a Parsons Intern in Two Easy Steps:

Step 1. Find an intern and make an offer
Step 2. Register your internship using the Experience Learning Agreement

Step 1: Find an Intern

Advertising an Internship

To hire a Parsons intern, post the position on the Parsons Online Job Board ( Parsons degree-seeking students use the Parsons Online Job Board to find jobs and internships. You can post jobs, internships, and volunteer and freelance opportunities or browse résumés and portfolios and contact students and alumni directly. The following steps outline the process of listing an internship on the Parsons Online Job Board.

Post your opportunity!

To access the system, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to
  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 time required 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 us by phone at 212.229.1324 or by email at

When you've selected an intern to hire, extend an offer. After your offer is accepted, the internship registration process begins.

Step 2: Register Your Internship Using the Experience Learning Agreement

Employer Internship Registration Process

All hired interns and employers participating in the Parsons Internship Program must complete an Experience Learning Agreement, which is reviewed by Parsons staff to determine student eligibility. If an internship is approved, Parsons will email you and your student intern a letter of eligibility; the student can then register for credit* and begin the internship. Students may not begin internships until they, their employers, and a representative of Parsons have approved the Experience Learning Agreement.

Letters of Eligibility and Credit

The New School’s Experience Department will provide you with a letter of eligibility once the Experience Learning Agreement has been processed. The letter confirms that the student is registered for the internship course and that the Experience Learning Agreement has been processed.

Internship Criteria

All internships approved for the Parsons Internship Program must

  • Involve useful work related to the student's field of study and support his or her professional goals. (Please see our "Learning Objectives" section to develop internship learning guidelines.)
  • Be performed under the direct supervision of a professional. Continuous mentorship throughout the semester is crucial to the success of the internship program. You must conduct a Mid-Point Check to ensure that Learning Objectives are on their way to being achieved by the end of the internship. You are also required to submit a Student Evaluation at the end of the internship.
  • Meet requirements stipulated on the Internship Work Contract, such as those outlining work hours, dates, and credits.

Internship Start and End Dates

Internship work must be completed in the academic semester for which the student expects to receive academic credit. The internship must begin at or after the start of the semester and end before or on the last day of the semester.

Hours and Credits

In order to maintain a balance between coursework and the internship experience, Parsons students cannot work more than 15 hours per week.

Number of Credits Minimum Hours Maximum Hours
0 60 No more than 15 hours/week through internship term dates
1 60 No more than 15 hours/week through internship term dates
2 120 No more than 15 hours/week through internship term dates

Note: Summer zero-credit internships have a minimum of 60 hours as a requirement. Any hours exceeding 60 hours must be approved.

A student cannot work more hours than the number specified on 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 for assistance.

Zero-Credit Internship Option

With Parsons' approval, a student can elect a zero-credit internship option in order to document registration for an internship without paying full tuition for credits. Zero-credit internship registration is the same as one- and two-credit internship registration and is sufficient to guarantee an internship's official recognition by the university.

Intern Payment

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 Parsons 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 an Internship Work Contract before starting their internship.



Mentoring interns lets you guide students in using their growing skills in real-world projects in actual work settings. The Parsons Internship Program formalizes this process by outlining Learning Objectives and documenting your student's progress toward them in a Mid-Point Check and a final Student Evaluation.

Learning Objectives

The Career Services office strongly recommends that you work with your student to set useful, reasonable internship Learning Objectives on the Experience Learning Agreement.

Learning Objectives are goals and objectives that students hope to achieve through internships. Use the guidelines below to establish Learning Objectives with the student.

Professional Skills

Interns 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; and 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.

Career Goals and Relating Internships to Classroom Experience

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

Interns exercise written and verbal communication skills, become comfortable talking to clients and co-workers and confident expressing ideas, and practice listening and accepting both criticism and positive feedback.

Mid-Point Check

In addition to mentoring your student throughout the internship, you are expected to hold a mid-point review to assess his or her experience and performance. The Mid-Point Check, required of all employers hiring Parsons interns, should be completed halfway through the internship. Mid-Point Checks involve

  • Engaging in open dialogue with your intern 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

Students review the information in their Mid-Point Check with their Faculty of Record and Parsons Career Services staff to fully benefit from their internship experience. Please note that a mid-point evaluation will not be sent out; it is expected that you and your intern will conduct your own feedback session.

Student Evaluations

You are expected to evaluate your intern's performance at the end of the semester on the basis of the aims outlined in the Experience Learning Agreement. All internships are graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis, and Student Evaluations are intended to provide qualitative feedback on the intern'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


If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Career Services office at 212.229.1324. We would be happy to help you resolve any problems you might have.


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.

The university also expects employers not to expose our students to anything that would be reasonably considered sexually explicit, obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, or hateful—in other words, any behavior or material that is personally embarrassing or is offensive to another person or group.

By offering a Parsons student an internship opportunity, you agree to the terms, conditions, and limitations outlined on this page.