What is an Internship?
An internship is a career-related learning experience that provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain “real world” experience and to explore a variety of career fields. The academic internship program at Purchase College is designed to give students practical experience in their area of academic study or in other fields of interest.
Time commitments for on-site experience typically range between 3 and 10 hours per week during the course of the semester.
Academic internships may be paid or unpaid in accordance with the US Department of Labor’s six criteria. The Career Development Center strongly encourages for-profit internship sites to offer students compensation whenever possible in the form of pay, stipend, travel reimbursement, or housing expenses for a summer program. Please refer to the NACE Position Statement on Compensation for Internships for additional details. Credit-bearing internships are supervised both within the work setting and by a Purchase College faculty member who is knowledgeable in a discipline related to the internship.
View resources and guidelines for completing an internship for academic credit. To learn how to complete an on-line Learning Contract to register your internship for credit, please view our guide.
Learn the process for sponsoring a Purchase College student for a credit bearing internship.
Purchase College offers a variety of credit-bearing internship opportunities right here on campus. Learn more about these opportunities here.
The registration period for Spring 2018 is now closed. Check back for Summer and Fall 2018 dates.
Students can register for an Academic Internship as a “Short Course.” These are 1 or 2 credit internships (38 - 75 hrs. total). Check back in fall for the fall semester Short Course registration period.
New York State Internships
NYS has approximately 500 student internships for the Summer 2018 Session throughout New York State government and encourages students to apply prior to the 4/18/18 application deadline. Visit Student Intern Program website to view descriptions and to apply.
Participating in a credit-bearing, unpaid internship?
You may be eligible for a travel grant for up to $300 to cover commuting costs to and from your internship.
Spring 2018 Short Course Interns, complete the Travel Grant Application by Friday, March 23, 2018.
(Proper documentation is required. Start saving your travel expense receipts now as they will be needed for your reimbursement.)