In an internship, a student can learn experientially at a social institution, cultural organization, community-based organization or corporation, gaining firsthand work experience, learning about the activities in a particular setting, developing skills and knowledge that may lead to later employment and exploring connections between academic ideas and practical knowledge. Internships are a key element of the Gallatin program, and they are often among the most memorable and useful student experiences. An internship is a credit-bearing work experience in a non-classroom environment, and internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit.
Internships are available in a variety of areas, including business, education, legal services, journalism, film and theater. Some examples of internships include:
- Tutoring elementary school children in a settlement house after-school program
- Designing Web pages for a start-up Internet company
- Conducting a survey on housing conditions for a local community organization
- Leading tours at a famous art museum
- Assisting a strategic planning committee in a major corporation
The possibilities are endless. Gallatin students can avail themselves of the vast resources of New York City, which provide a myriad of opportunities for practical experience and fieldwork. Each semester many students are placed in internships with organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Bellevue Hospital Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, 20/20 (ABC-TV), Capitol Records, Sony, Inc., Working Woman Magazine, and Merrill Lynch. These placements are just a small sampling of the many interesting and challenging internships that help undergraduate students obtain hands-on training in their fields.