The Purchase College Internship Program
Your Responsibilities As An Internship Site Supervisor
Recruiting Students / List An Internship Opportunity With Purchase College
The Difference Between an Intern and an Employee
Procedures and Timelines/Deadlines
Who To Contact With Questions
The Purchase College Internship Program at the Career Development Center provides students with opportunities to obtain academic (credit-bearing) as well as non-credit internships with local and regional employers. As a high impact educational opportunity, the internship program allows students to gain knowledge and experience, learn in a “real world” environment, explore a chosen profession and achieve academic credit for their experience.
Employers often seek out talented, motivated, and skilled Purchase student interns as a way of supporting their organizations’ project needs, finding “future stars, while providing undergraduates with an exceptional learning experience in their industry of interest.
Please Note: The number of credits awarded for internships are based on how many hours students spend at their internship site over a semester. The maximum credits for any one internship is 4. (view the minimum hour/credit requirements). To assist students and internship sponsors with tracking hours, students can maintain an Internship Time Sheet throughout the semester.
If a student is hired as an intern, the employer is not required to provide compensation; however, the internship site must comply with the US Department of Labor’s six criteria for establishing unpaid internships:
*Although it is not required that Site Supervisors pay their interns, whenever possible, offering some type of compensation, such as a stipend, will help to attract high quality candidates to your organization. If your position is unpaid, you may consider offering alternative “perks” such as travel reimbursement, lunch, or participation in conferences and special events, if appropriate.
While all members of a staff, including interns, may be asked to complete a variety of tasks, the majority of the interns’ assignments must be learning based. Primarily, an internship (whether paid or unpaid) differs from a job because the student’s learning is the central focus of the experience.
After you post your internship on Purchase JobScore, interview and select your intern, please be aware of the following deadlines:
INTERNSHIP CONTRACT DEADLINE:
Prior to the start of the internship - Complete/approve the Internship Learning Contract form on-line and include or attach a description of the student’s internship including what the student will learn and the type of training that will be provided. Learning Contracts must be completed by the academic registration deadline.
Deadline: Exact dates vary each semester, but the typical timeframes are listed below. It is the intern’s responsibility to submit their contract before the end of the Add/Drop Registration period. View current registration deadlines on the academic calendar.
Fall Interns Registration deadline - 1st week in September
Spring Interns Registration Deadline - Last week of January
Summer Interns Registration Deadline - 1st week of July
EVALUATION FORM DEADLINE:
Several weeks before the end of the internship, Internship Site Supervisors receive directions on completing a performance evaluation; the qualitative measures on this form comprise a part of the intern’s grade for their internship experience. This form needs to be completed before the end of the academic semester in order for interns to receive a grade (and credit) for their experience.
Deadline: End of academic semester
Fall Interns Evaluation Deadline - 2nd week in December
Spring Interns Evaluation Deadline - 2nd week of May
Summer Interns Evaluation Deadline - 1st week of August
Occasionally issues arise about expectations regarding an intern or internship experience. Please contact our office at 914-251-6370 should you have any questions. Any issues relating to an intern may be directed to the Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator or the Director of the Career Development Center.