The goals of any internship are to learn and apply techniques and theories learned in the classroom to a real world problem. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Above all, internships must be educational (i.e., not office work, typing, filing, etc.).

Internships can also help make informed career decisions and provide contacts for potential post-baccalaureate employment. The ENV faculty believes that these reasons underlie the need for a specific program requirement. 

To clarify and strengthen the internship requirement, the ENV faculty have outlined the student obligations for a successful internship. These requirements become effective and binding for internships started after January 1, 2009.

If you have questions about any of the requirements outlined below, see your advisor. 

Internship Conditions

1. Credits

A valid internship experience must include at least 2 credits worth of time (i.e., 75 hours completed in one semester). These cannot be split into two 1-credit internships. 

2. Scholarly Reading  

You must read at least two articles that provide background and help interpreting your internship activities. These articles must be either primary or secondary sources (see your advisor if you have doubts regarding particular sources). You may receive suggestions from your internship supervisor or your Purchase faculty advisor. Webpage-based material is not acceptable. Submit a copy of each article to your advisor at the completion of the internship (the copy may be digital and submitted via email). 

3. Journal

You must chronicle your activities in a journal as you conduct the work for the internship. To receive a passing grade, your journal must be submitted to your Purchase College faculty internship advisor. During the same day, you carry out any internship work, record in the journal what you did and then reflect upon the work (i.e., why was your work important, what did you learn, etc.). 

4. Internship Summary

By the start of finals week of the semester of your internship, you must submit your journal, scholarly readings, and a summary of your internship. The summary must be at least 500 words per credit (i.e., 2 double-spaced, typed pages) and should include information you have gleaned from your scholarly readings (above).