Career Development



Purchase College offers a variety of credit-bearing internship opportunities right here on campus! Internships are offered within campus departments, programs, and approved student clubs and organizations. Interns are supervised by professional staff and receive mentoring from Purchase College faculty.  Review the Career Development Center's Internship Guidelines for registration information, policies, and procedures.

On-Campus Internship Descriptions

Admissions Office Intern:  This new internship offers an opportunity for students to gain valuable real-life work experience in an on-campus office. Training is provided by the Admissions Team to the student, whose leadership, presentation, and communication skills are developed throughout the duration of the internship.  The student intern will gain valuable experience as a member of the Admissions Events Committee, planning upcoming counselor travel and assisting in the logistical planning of campus events. Working closely with a Liberal Arts and Sciences counselor, the intern will also assist in the application review process, community college newspaper advertising, and coordinating and editing the Counselor E-Newsletter.   This internship requires the commitment of an entire academic year, during which the student will work fifteen hours each week. Strong written and oral communication skills as well as an excellent work ethic are required. An interest in the college admissions process, college recruitment, and event planning is helpful.
Admissions Graphic Design Intern:  Work closely with the admissions staff to assist with the design of event materials, counselor newsletters, applicant outreach and various admissions documents. The student intern will gain real-world graphic design work experience, learn how to work for a client, follow projects from design to print and develop communication and office skills. The student will be responsible for the production of brochures and graphic advertising for on-campus events including various Open-House events (Fall, Spring, Junior, Transfer) as well as weekly Information Sessions for prospective students.  Requirements:  Expertise with Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design); strong written and oral communication skills, proficient analytical and computer skills are required for application to this internship program. Interns are expected to work approximately eight hours per week. Students are encouraged to commit to a full academic year for the internship.

The Alternative Center

Interns will learn about the complexities of providing gynecological health care on-campus and in a national context and become increasingly familiarized with topics such as STI prevention and treatment, sexual assault advocacy, health insurance, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and menstruation. They will be responsible for researching different venues in which the Alternative Clinic can function without the risk of legal liability. Interns also must organize events and programs on campus that promote sexual health and will educate students on the topics they were trained on. They will have weekly reading assignments on the topics above as well as others by the Co-Directors’ choosing. Therefore, this internship is more about advocacy, community organizing, and educational outreach rather than medical experience.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Program

Contact:  Lauren Greiner, Psychologist,
Peer Mentor, Autism Spectrum Disorders Program
Peer mentors will
 - Meet individually and in groups with Purchase students receiving services from the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program
-Help students develop skills integral to starting and maintaining social relationships with peers.
-Encourage students to participate and become active in the campus community, and the community at large.
-Assist students in navigating their day to day activities (academics, socializing, leisure time) focusing on managing time and prioritizing demands.
-Assist students to explore stress reducing activities offered on campus and encourage students to incorporate these activities in day to day routines.
-Attend and co-lead weekly support group meetings.
-Organize and facilitate social events both on and off-campus
-Document time by filling out bi-weekly time sheets

:  Have completed at least 30 units of credit prior to the start of the internship; Have not already completely 12 credits of previous internships (juniors and seniors are preferred);  Are able to commit at least 8 hours per week (some weekend and evening hours may be required); Be in good academic standing; Students must have from 1:00-2:00P.M. on Wednesdays available.
How To Apply:  Contact Lauren Greiner at 914-251-7983 or

The Beat:  The Music & Arts Magazine at Purchase College


  • General Management Intern
  • Web Editing Intern
  • News-Editing Intern
  • Reviews-Editing Intern
  • Photo/Video Intern(s)
  • Assistant Editor(s)
  • Reporter(s)

View Full Descriptions of the Internships

To apply, email withthe name of the internship in your subject line.

Career Development Center

CLs JCrew.JPGContact:  Tara B. Malone, Assistant Director
Wendy Morosoff, Director
Media: Jessica Mazzia, Assistant Director
Peer Career Liaisons (CLs) work closely with the CDC staff to assist in providing career services to students, valuable information, and exciting programs and events. CLs are given the training and mentoring necessary to develop their leadership skills and are empowered to create and implement their own ideas for marketing materials, resources, and programs. This is a progressive internship experience- Students are recommended to commit to a full academic year.
Interactive Media Marketing Internship:  The intern will creatively utilize video, design and interactive social and professional networking sites to promote the Career Development Center (CDC) to Purchase students.  These on-line resources will be used to market the CDCs events and services throughout the academic year.
Social Media Marketing Internship:  This internship will focus on marketing the Career Development Center (CDC) through our social media presence and other on-line resources.  The intern will help to plan and implement CDC social media marketing efforts including Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Candid Career and YouTube.

Casa Purchase

Contact:  Leandro Benmergui,
Casa Purchase, An Outreach Center for Latin American Studies, is now offering new academic internship opportunities through our local partners.  All of these internships are intended for community work that will benefit a significant number of local residents and underserved populations in Westchester county.  These internships offer a unique possibility to work with nonprofits and gained a valuable service-learning experience.  For a list of internships available through Casa Purchase, please visit our website.

In addition to these internships, Casa Purchase is also looking for Learning Assistants for Conversation in English Language (ESL). Instruction is here at Purchase College to the serve the immigrant community of Westchester County. This is a partnership between Casa Purchase, the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, and the Office of New Americans of the State of New York.

Conservatory of Music

ContactBeatriz Martin-Ruiz, Coordinator,
Social Media Intern:  This student Intern will function primarily as the Social Media Assistant to the Conservatory Coordinator. S/he will have direct oversight of the following major tasks: Managing the workload of the student workers, in consultation with the coordinator; managing the Conservatory’s social media (twitter, facebook, etc.) and assisting with the edits and updates of our website materials; developing HTML materials for e-publication, included but not limited to the Conservatory of Music Newsletter, weekly email announcements of concerts and music events, etc.  Music background required. Previous Office experience is a must, as is fluency with Microsoft Office applications
Purchase Symphony Orchestra Intern:  The PSO intern reports directly to the Orchestra Manager and works very closely with the Music Director and the Assistant Orchestra manager in the daily operations of the orchestra. Responsibilities include: Setting up and striking for each rehearsal and concert; Making sure chairs and stands are readily available for all rehearsals; Maintaining the PSO bulletin board with announcements, updates, etc.; Helping the Assistant with data collection for concert programs; Marketing and promotion for concerts; Maintaining a visible Social Media presence for the PSO; Additional responsibilities as needed.  Must be available between 1 and 6 pm Tuesdays and Fridays, and on occasional concert evenings (typically 3 times per semester).  Previous house management, ushering, stage crew or stage mangement experience preferred.
Administrative Assistant Intern:  This position is mainly responsible for planning and implementing a schedule including but not limited to maintaining correspondence with faculty and department chairs, web updates related to Music Auditions, etc. Additionally, this intern assists the Conservatory Coordinator in managing new student files for advising and registration, and documenting all new transfer evaluations. Additional administrative support; typing, filing, telephones, mailing and other duties assigned.  Music background required. Previous Office Experience is a must, as is fluency with Microsoft Office applications.
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Environmental Health & Safety

Contact: Edward A. Musal, Environmental Health & Safety Officer,
Environmental Health & Safety College Intern in the Facilities Management Department.  This position is designed to afford a college student practical work experience through Environmental Health & Safety projects. Assignments are limited in scope, may contain fairly routine tasks, and are performed within a procedural framework established by the Environmental Health & Safety Officer. As experience is acquired, the intern performs with less immediate supervision.  Typical tasks may include assisting in updating the College’s Right-to Know program, assisting in compliance with the Stormwater Management Plan, assisting in College fire drills, assisting in accident investigations, assisting in safety surveys, and other environmental health & safety tasks. If a student is interested in environmental health or industrial safety, an effort will be made to craft the internship experience to meet the student’s goals.


Contact: Paul Nicholson, Director of Special Programs/Ombudsman,

The EOP/MAP intern will be present in the office 10 hours per week doing various tasks related to the admissions process of the programs.
The intern will:

  • Greet interviewees, their families, guidance counselors etc.
  • Inform interviewees of their status, admissions procedures, and required paperwork for admission.
  • Administer an essay question to interviewees.
  • Occasionally give campus tours to interviewees, their families, etc.
  • Contact applicants in order to discuss their applications to EOP/MAP.
  • Inform applicants of any missing documents.
  • Prepare financial documentation for review by our financial aid office.

The intern is also encouraged to attend weekly staff meetings. In addition to the above requirements, the intern will join us as a paid staff member this summer in the role of a Peer mentor for some of the very same students he/she worked with to get them admitted/enrolled at the college.

Humanities Theater

ContactPeter Sprague, Manager and Technical Director - Humanities Theatre,
Marketing Internship:
The objective of the marketing intern is to build audiences for productions in the Humanities Theatre; to assist directors of productions in marketing, administration, of production; facilitate/coordinate the use of the new Humanities Theatre Program templates for productions; coordinate communication between productions and campus PR (Geri Sanderson).
Audience Development:  Create system to "catch" audiences of Fall/Spring Shows; Survey current audiences to better understand their preferences
Awareness:  Coordinate use of "Humanities Theatre Playbill" with directors; Coordinate distribution of semester calendar (in program, "coming up next..." posters, etc); Create/Update social networking pages for each production in concert with directors; Create/ update Humanities Theatre website calendar; Write and distribute regular campus-wide emails announcing productions; Work with campus PR to pursue more local listings; Develop relationships with campus publications, student directors
Sustainability: Enhance relationship of Humanities Theatre with Arts Management program; Develop partnership with "Marketing the Arts" class; Develop relationship with Film program; Develop relationship with Graphic Design classes (Community Design in particular); Contribute to the Formalization of Marketing Internship guidelines/syllabus for future students (to avoid reinvention of wheel)
Program Support:  Work with Senior Project productions to help artists focus on "artistic" side of production; Liaise with any production to encourage self-promotion possibilities
Technical Theatre Intern: 
Open, run and close up theatre for after-hours and weekend events in the theatre, including Drama Studies student theatre hand-offs, special student and Purchase community events, and faculty presentations/performances, as determined by and agreed upon with supervisor;  Develop familiarity and facility with the technical equipment and requirements of the Humanities Theatre in its multiple roles as theatre space, movie house, presentation venue and classroom; Technical work on at least 2 productions in the Humanities Theatre, in one or more technical capacities in order to develop familiarity with all aspects of technical theatre available in the Humanities Theatre; Maintain a production journal for the semester, recording the work done on each assignment or production and the experience gained, including demands on time, additional responsibilities taken on, what worked, what didn’t, how issues were addressed; Submit a written document at semester’s end recounting and summarizing the experience attained, the lessons learned, any insights acquired about the creation of theatre in Purchase College’s Drama Studies department, the needs of a multi-purpose theatre space serving the larger Purchase community, and how what you’ve learned may inform your future work in the field.

It is expected that this internship will require an average of 5 hours of work per week in the theatre on special projects, in individual work, in rehearsal preparation, in meetings with directors, designers and actors, and running rehearsals and performances of various shows. The submissions at the end of the semester will be a paper documenting the experience of the semester and the learning you take away, including a synopsis of your journal and a consideration of your initial expectations contrasted with your actual experience. 

International Programs and Services

Contact Marjorie Ramirez,        
The intern will assist in 3 main areas:  study abroad program marketing, assistance with analysis of surveys and peer advising for students who are interested in studying abroad.  They will be responsible for tabling, providing information to students, and updating the surveys. The intern must have studied abroad and have an interest in marketing. 

The Neuberger Museum

The internship program introduces students to museum professions and the role of the museum in society. The program brings students together with museum staff to allow students to explore careers in museums. Students work in one area of the museum and contribute to current projects. The Neuberger offers internships during each academic term for credit or non-credit. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. All years are eligible for internships, although preference will be given to juniors and seniors. This is a competitive program with a limited number of interns accepted. It is important to apply early.

Internships are offered in the following areas of the museum:

  • Collections Management
  • Curatorial
  • Development/Membership
  • Event Planning
  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Public Programming
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Visitor Services/Museum Store

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ContactJames Accordino
Student interns choose one of NYPIRG's five main focus areas and work as a Project Leader for that campaign. Our five campaigns are: Higher Education Funding, Hunger and Homelessness, Voter Empowerment, Consumer Rights, and Environmental Issues. Students learn political advocacy/activism skills, as well as public speaking, media outreach and community organizing skills. By planning campus events and involving other students in lobbying, NYPIRG serves as a powerful voice for student's interests. NYPIRG is a state-wide, student-run, not-for-profit organization.

Office of Institutional Advancement

Contact: Carla Weiland-Zaleznak, Director of Annual Giving
Annual Giving Assistants will work with and report to the Office of Annual Giving. They will perform a variety of tasks related to fundraising in the non-profit sector. The duties and responsibilities of the interns may vary and will be determined after meeting with the staff and based on the interns capabilities and interests. This position will provide training in the software programs Raiser’s Edge and Crystal Reports. Additionally, interns will perform clerical and administrative tasks as requested.

Performing Arts Center

Contact:  Harry  McFadden, General Manager
Arts-in-Education Intern:  Focus on developing teacher contacts in the local education community and researching ways of improving the office’s gathering and recording of teacher evaluations of our program.  Sending contract packets and assisting in the researching and inputting of new audience data. Assisting in an evaluation of the current data research protocol and collaborating with AIE staff in the defining of a new one. Participate in the general administration of the department, and assist at AIE performances wherever possible. The position requires knowledge of MS Word, Excel, viral tools and will need good interpersonal skills.
Marketing/Ticket Office Intern: Assist in advancement of marketing Center performances and analyzing marketing initiatives. Gain hands-on experience in enhancing the exposure of our performances to the Campus Community including spearheading social media campaigns. Act as a key liaison between The PAC and Purchase students, assisting in daily administration, implementing designs and content into web/print advertisements, marketing research and tracking those efforts throughout the semester. 9 per week split between the Marketing Dept. and the Ticket Office, completed M-F with occasional evening and weekend hours required.
Development Intern:  Assist in various activities in a busy fundraising department.  Specific duties could include:  assisting with all aspects of special events (including the Opening Night Gala); assisting in Annual Fund mailings; helping proofread and gathering materials for grant proposals; helping to expand and build upon information kept in Tessitura (The Center’s database for fundraising and ticketing)
Operations Intern:   Administrative - Rental contract administration (complete, track & process contracts; follow up with clients/client reps); Compile building activity and rental statistics; Research projects as needed.   Building Management - Minor repairs, lamp replacement and maintenance projects; Painting & improvement projects; Research parts, materials and products
General Management Intern:  This relatively new position oversees the administration of The Center’s internal operations including budget and finance, facility operation, contracts, production, rental activity, house management, administrative offices, personnel, and information technology.  The intern will work with the GM on various activities pertaining to the operation of this busy performing arts complex.  The GM will be willing to work with the candidate to address a particular interest, but will touch on all aspects of this position as needed.  All applicants should not be afraid of budgets and have working knowledge of excel spreadsheets.  If not, some training can be supplied. 

Purchase College Television (PTV)
Studio Technician: PTV studio technicians run and operate live shows in PTV's studios. All On Campus Internship Fair 09 3.JPGstudio technicians must pass an equipment proficiency test given by the Show Manager before they will be allowed to run any live shows without supervision. Studio technicians are responsible for the station as a whole when they are running a show. They will conduct themselves appropriately and professionally during shows, as well as making sure that others in the studio do the same. Studio Technicians report to the Show Manager, and will inform him/her of any problems they encounter in the course of their work at PTV. Studio technicians will also be responsible for mobile shoots of on-campus events, to be determined by the executives.
Programmer: Assigned work by the Programming Manager. They may be required to import submitted works, help maintain a schedule, edit videos, and keep PTV's media library organized. They are also responsible for the filming and editing of promotions and commercials for PTV shows and events. Programmers will also be responsible for mobile shoots of on-campus events, to be determined by the executives.
Public Relations: The PTV public relations department is in charge of keeping the Purchase College campus community informed with the current happenings of PTV. This includes but is not limited to getting show schedules, special events, and requests for submissions published in campus-wide publications and by other campus media, as well as making PTV flyers and signs to post on campus. They will also be in charge of updating the PTV Facebook, Livejournal, and Twitter accounts on a weekly basis. The Public Relations staff as a whole is required to organize at least one PTV event to promote the station per semester in accordance with the Business and Communications Manager.
Web Design: The PTV web design department is responsible for maintaining the official PTV website. Duties include but are not limited to updating the website on a minimum weekly basis with current show schedules, show profiles, and general PTV news.
INTERNS - PTV Interns may hold any one of the above positions, provided that it is not an executive position. They will receive two upper-level credits for a minimum of five hours of work per week. They will be graded on their work with PTV and are expected to conduct themselves as they would while working in any other course. Interns receiving credit for their work at PTV cannot be paid.

School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Events Planner/Social Media MarketerCreating community-building events for LS students and faculty; Assist, attend and participate in Liberal Studies and Continuing Education events, including but not limited to: Information Session, graduation reception, orientation; Coordinate room reservations, food, marketing and advertising; Assist with “tabling events” on and off campus to promote LSCE programs; Manage and monitor all LSCE social media efforts including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; Write and post content and communicate with subscribers; Develop plan to increase online subscribers and activity: find friends, faculty, alums; Measure success of social media initiatives by submitting weekly reports.
Peer Mentor:  General advising for students, prior to appointments with advisor; Teaching peers about the SUNY general education requirements, Liberal Studies requirements & how to read the Degree Progress Report; Helping students register online & search for classes online; Mentor to new transfer students to provide support, answer questions; Assist with recruitment efforts of admissions prospects (phone call campaigns) &  outreach to re-admit prospects
Academic Support Mentor:  Continuous outreach to students in academic jeopardy; Provide study skills and time management support to peers;Research and develop resources and tools to assist students in academic jeopardy;Follow-up with students with multiple mid-term warnings; One -on-one and/or group appointments with students; Support matriculated and non-matriculated students; Survey students who did/did not use support to evaluate success and areas for improvement in supporting future students
Research Assistant:  Create, administer and summarize research for the Liberal Studies program; Research ideas include: student satisfaction, surveying students about support services and/or academic needs; Create and administer surveys to such audiences as: current Liberal Studies students, non-matriculated students, Rockland extension site students, Liberal Studies alumni, summer/winter prospective and current students; Coordinate and run focus groups and report on results; Student will have option to use research results to support senior project with faculty sponsor guidance.

Submissions Magazine

Copy-Editing Internship: Interns will attend weekly office hours and meetings. They will send out letters and are responsible for copy editing the magazine.
Layout Internship: Interns will attend weekly office hours and meetings and work closely with layout editor to brainstorm and produce new and innovative ideas for the magazine. 
Public Relations Internship: Interns will assist the head of public relations in keeping up The Submission's Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as creating and distributing posters.

RS Massage.JPGThe Wellness Center

Contact:  Robbie Morell Wellness Counselor
The Wellness Intern will work in the Wellness Center at Purchase College. Students will work approximately 10 hours a week and earn up to 4 credits for this on-campus internship in which they will assist with ongoing programming and design and implement their own campus programs. Depending on credits, there will be weekly meetings, readings and written assignments as well as some office assistant work. Some evening work is required. Students should have a commitment to the goals of the Wellness Program. Interns will teach, mentor and assist peers in enhancing their wellness lifestyles.  Please note that as a part of the internship requirements a 1.5 hour training class is mandatory on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM.

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Updated  12/15