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An internship is a credit-bearing work experience in a non-classroom environment, which enables a student to learn experientially at a social institution, cultural organization, community-based organization or corporation. Internships provide the opportunity for students to explore connections between academic ideas and practical knowledge and learn about the activities in a particular setting while gaining firsthand work experience and developing skills and knowledge that may lead to later employment. Internships are a key element of the Gallatin program, and they are often among the most memorable and useful student experiences. While internships are typically unpaid positions, 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. Successful internships held by students have included:

  • 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

Students can draw on 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.  

Students interested in pursuing an internship must read the Internship Guidelines and consult with their faculty adviser to determine how an internship might fit into their academic program.