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  • Internship Policies

    The New School's Career Services and Experiential Opportunities department follows the internship criteria outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Courts have used the “primary beneficiary test” to determine whether an intern or student is, in fact, an employee under the FLSA. In short, this test allows courts to examine the “economic reality” of the intern-employer relationship to determine which party is the “primary beneficiary” of the relationship. Courts have identified the following seven factors as part of the test:

    1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee — and vice versa
    2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions
    3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit
    4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar
    5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning
    6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern
    7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship

    Courts have described the “primary beneficiary test” as a flexible test, and no single factor is determinative. Accordingly, whether an intern or student is an employee under the FLSA necessarily depends on the unique circumstances of each case.

    Interning for Credit

    In order to earn academic credit for an internship, students must meet the eligibility requirements and complete an Experience Learning Agreement. Please email experience@newschool.edu for the ELA directions. The Experience Learning Agreement details every part of a student's proposed internship, ensuring that the student, the supervisor, and The New School are in agreement about the scope of the internship, its relationship to the student's education, start and end dates, hours of work, academic credit, and learning objectives.

    Internship Eligibility

    Students are typically eligible to intern for credit in the second or third year of a four- or five-year undergraduate program or the second semester of an AAS or graduate program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and cannot be on academic probation. If in doubt, students should confirm their status with their academic advisor.

    International Student Eligibility

    Students attending The New School on an F-1 visa must receive school authorization for all off-campus work through curricular practical training (CPT). Students update CPT through the experience learning agreement (ELA) process. 

    Paid Internships

    Students are eligible to receive academic credit for an internship in which they are also receiving compensation.

    Hours and Credits

    Parsons School of Design, Mannes School of Music, and the School of Drama

    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 success advisor. Certain programs may also require program director approval for interning more than 15 hours per week. Students can work up to 40 authorized hours per week during the summer semester.

    The following criteria can be used when determining whether it is appropriate to allow a student to intern more than 15 hours a week at an internship:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • No disciplinary action
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation)
    • Program eligibility (e.g., must be in second semester of an AAS program or at least a sophomore or junior for certain programs)
    • Number of credits being taken this semester
    • Degree of difficulty of classes
    • Job duties at internship
    • Class schedule (internships cannot conflict with classes)

    Students must work a minimum of 60 authorized hours total to receive credit for a zero- or one-credit internship, and a minimum of 120 authorized 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.

    The maximum number of internship credits a student may earn in an academic year and the number of internship credits a student may accumulate over the course of their academic degree are determined by their academic program. Students must consult with their success advisor for their program's individual policies. 

    A student cannot work more hours than the number specified on the Experience Learning Agreement. If there are questions about internship hours or there is a need for more interns (i.e., there is more than 15 hours per week of work), email experience@newschool.edu for assistance.

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    At Eugene Lang College, students can obtain zero to six credits (based on the level of the particular intern) for an internship experience during the fall, spring, or summer term. Internships are classified as non–liberal arts elective credit and do not count toward major requirements. Students who seek to have internship credits counted toward their major must receive written permission to do so from their department chairperson. Credit is awarded for internship hours completed between the start and end dates of each semester for which a student is registered with the program.

    Internship Type Credit Limitations
    Internship 0–2
    Internship Seminar
    3–4
    Advanced Internship

    4–6
    Credits Hours
    0 Minimum 60 hours on-site
    1 Minimum 60 hours on-site
    2 120 hours on-site
    3 180 hours on-site
    4 240 hours on-site
    5 300 hours on-site
    6 360 hours on-site

    The maximum number of internship credits a student can earn in an academic year is 8 credits. The maximum number of internship credits a student can accumulate over the course of their academic degree is 24.

    During the fall and spring semesters, for students participating in the Internship Seminar or Advanced Internship, the internship must last a minimum of 12 weeks. During the summer session, the internship must last a minimum of eight weeks. This time requirement does not apply for the 0–2-credit internship option. Students may not intern for more than 35 hours per week. Any hours completed over 35 in a single week will not be counted for program requirements, nor will those additional hours be eligible for use at a later date in the semester.

    School of Jazz

    Students can obtain 0.5–6 credits for an internship experience during the fall, spring, or summer session and register their internship for zero credits during the summer. Students register during early registration with their advisor and have until the start of the next semester to apply for and secure an internship. At least 40 authorized hours must be worked per credit. Internships are classified as non-liberal arts studio credit and count toward the music business requirement. Credit is awarded for internship hours completed between the start and end dates of each semester for which a student is registered with the program; no retroactive credit for previous hours or experiences will be granted.

    School of Media Studies

    Students can earn up to 3 credits per internship. Students can earn a total of 6 internship credits toward their degree: 3 research internship credits and 3 production internship credits. Research internships are typically more administrative, and production internships deal more with content creation, including production assistantship, graphic design, and audio design. There is no limit to the number of zero-credit production and research internships a student can undertake. Students registered for 3 non-internship credits can undertake an internship for up to 40 hours per week; students registered for 6 non-internship credits can undertake an internship for up to 30 hours per week; and students registered for 9 non-internship credits can undertake an internship for up to 20 hours per week.

    Internship Start and End Dates

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

    Semester Graduating Students Continuing Students
    Spring 2018 January 22 - May 14 January 22 - May 14
    Summer 2018 May 15 - August 26 May 15 - August 26
    Fall 2018
    August 27 - December 18
    August 27 - January 27

    Internships must be completed in the academic term in which the student expects to receive credit for the internship.

    Students should be sure to take into account final projects and other coursework when planning their end date, so as to not be overwhelmed at the end of the semester.

    Note: Students must work until the end date specified on their Experience Learning Agreement even if they have worked the number of hours needed. Students who agree to work more than their scheduled hours or at special events are still required to work until the end date stated on their Experience Learning Agreement. Failure to work through the contractual end date could result in a failing grade (and would almost certainly be detrimental to any future relationship with the company and supervisor).

    Zero-Credit Internship Option (Transcript Notation)

    A zero-credit internship allows students to participate in an internship that requires university approval. Zero-credit internships are officially recognized by The New School and recorded on the student's transcript. Students who participate in a zero-credit internship will receive a transcript notation after successful completion. 

    Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives are goals and objectives that students hope to achieve through internships. The New School's Student Success, Internships, and Global Experience offices strongly recommend that students work with their supervisors to set useful, reasonable internship learning objectives. This process is formalized by requiring the student to outline their learning objectives on the Experience Learning Agreement; the student's progress on these objectives is documented by a mid-point review 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 should gain an understanding of office hierarchies, recognize effective and efficient work practices, develop a mentoring relationship and a professional network, accomplish tasks or participate in projects that showcase their skills and build their résumé and portfolio (when applicable), and observe professional etiquette, including dress code and proper methods 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.
    • Communication Skills: During the internship, students should expect to exercise written and verbal communication skills, become comfortable talking to clients and co-workers, gain confidence in expressing ideas, and practice accepting both critical and positive feedback.

    Internship Grades

    Parsons School of Design, College of Performing Arts, and Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    The supervisor must evaluate the student's performance on the basis of the goals agreed on in the Experience Learning Agreement. Evaluations provide qualitative feedback on the student's general level of preparedness, contribution to the work environment, and skill set. The student's internship grade will be determined on the basis of the evaluation completed by the supervisor and the hours the student has completed at the internship site.

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    The work performed at the student's internship site and work performed through the internship seminar are both integral components of the student's final grade. Depending on the section, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts interns receive a letter grade or pass/fail grade. The internship grade is based on a combination of factors, including seminar attendance, assigned coursework, and hours on-site.

    Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and School of Media Studies

    The student's internship grade is determined by a final paper in addition to the supervisor evaluation.

    Mid-Point Check

    Parsons School of Design, College of Performing Arts, and Schools of Public Engagement

    In addition to providing mentorship to students throughout the internship, supervisors are expected to hold a mid-point review to assess students' experience and performance. The mid-point review is required of all supervisors of New School interns and should be completed halfway through the internship. Mid-point reviews should take place face-to-face and involve the following:

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

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts students are required to complete a mid-term self-evaluation via the Village—Careers.

    Number of Internships per Semester

    Parsons School of Design, the College of Performing Arts, and Schools of Public Engagement

    A student must be a junior or a senior or enrolled in an associate's program to be eligible to submit more than one Experience Learning Agreement in a single semester. Students must notify the supervisors at both of the internships via email (cc'ing experience@newschool.edu) that they are participating in more than one internship during the semester.

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Students can participate in up to two credit-bearing internships per semester provided at least one of the internships is registered in the zero- to two-credit internship course.

    Failure to Comply with New School Policies

    Companies that hire New School students as interns are expected to submit all requested documents by the indicated deadlines. Any supervisor who fails to do so will be required to provide justification upon request before any future agreements will be considered.

    Experience Learning Agreements should be submitted before the start date of the internship; they will be reviewed by The New School. Experience Learning Agreements submitted after the fall or spring internship deadline will only be eligible to be registered for zero credit. 

    Reimbursement Policy

    Supervisors must provide a company reimbursement policy in writing to students before they are asked to make any purchases on behalf of the company.

    Academic Priority During Internship

    Internships provide students with an opportunity to enhance their academic knowledge and personal and professional development through practical work experience. It is imperative that while participating in an internship, students' academic responsibilities are not neglected or negatively affected. Any student or supervisor in need of assistance with establishing this balance is encouraged to contact Experience at experience@newschool.edu.

    Retroactive Internship Registration

    Students cannot retroactively register an internship that took place in a previous semester. Students must register their internship for credit during the semester the internship occurs.

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