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Establishing an Educational Rationale

The first and crucial step to acquiring an academic internship for course credit begins with a consultation with your faculty adviser to determine how an internship will fit into your academic program. With your adviser's help, you will establish your goals and objectives, determine how many units you wish to earn, and begin to articulate an educational rationale for why you want to undertake this particular kind of non-classroom learning. Only after consulting with your faculty adviser should you should begin to search for opportunities that match your academic interests and goals.  

Choosing Your Internship Site

To get assistance in finding an appropriate internship site, discuss your plans with one of the Internship Program Directors, Nancy Rubino and Faith Stangler, who can help you to identify appropriate industries and organizations to which you can apply as well as offering advice on how to create a resume and a cover letter.

You may also secure your own placement through a consultation with NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. If you elect to look for opportunities through this route, please keep in mind that your choice of an internship site should be consistent with your area of concentration as determined by your Plan of Study. You should be able to justify your choice in terms of the goals and objectives you have identified with your adviser.

If you have an existing paid position that closely relates to your plan of study, you may choose to turn your paid position into a credit bearing internship provided that you follow all of the procedures and guidelines outlined in Gallatin’s Internship protocols. Before finalizing an internship you should read the Wasserman Center’s Important Considerations Before Accepting a Job or Internship. Many students choose a placement that is clearly and directly related to their concentration. However, the internship can also be regarded as an elective: an exploratory experience that may be useful for engaging new ideas, practices, and problems.

NOTE: Students interested in conducting an Internship who will be studying at one of the thirteen NYU global locations must consult the global site course offerings to see if this option is available at the site. Students studying at NYU global sites may not enroll in the standard Gallatin Internship option (INDIV-UG 1801). Please consult the specific site course offerings by linking to the site page from the Studying Abroad website.


Identifying Internship Models

To what extent does your internship fall into one or more of the following internship categories?

  1. Industry Focused: Internships of this type have the primary purpose of introducing students to a particular industry, making professional connections, engaging in observerships, and exploring a field. Student can enroll for 1-4 units, depending on requirements the faculty adviser and student determine; graded P/F.
  2. Service-Based Learning: These types of internships are geared toward learning through community service; students provide service for non-profits, NGOs, or other public institutions; these internships are closely linked to the student’s academic interests at Gallatin. Student can enroll for 1-4 units, depending on requirements the faculty adviser and student determine; graded P/F.
  3. Embedded in a Gallatin Course: These internships are integrally linked to a particular course at Gallatin. The course instructor and the Internship Program design these internships. Embedded internships have specific learning objectives that are related to course content. The course instructor, instead of the student’s faculty adviser, supervises and grades this types of internship. Embedded internships are limited to 2 units and students receive a letter grade instead of the usual P/F.
  4. Research Internship: These types of internships have a very specific, academic agenda. Their purpose is for students to experience or practice specific research (e.g. science labs, data collection) linked to their academic fields of interest. These internships are geared toward graduate students or undergraduate students interested in working in science or social science organizations. Student can enroll for 1-4 units, depending on academic workload determined by faculty adviser and student.

Registering for the Internship

Once you have secured an internship, you will need to discuss the details of the arrangement with your contact at the organization regarding your job description, hours, supervision, and how the internship relates to your learning goals. When you reach an agreement, you will complete an Internship Proposal and request a confirmation letter from the person who will be supervising your internship.

The Internship Proposal and Confirmation Letter

  • The Internship Proposal asks you to describe the logistics and details of your internship arrangement as well as the number of units you will earn, a number that you will arrive at in consultation with your faculty adviser. The number of internship units that will be granted will depend on the academic workload or assignments that you and your adviser agree upon, as well as the number of hours and the type of work functions you will perform. Internship units typically vary between one and four units.   
  • In addition, you must articulate your academic objectives and professional goals in the proposal form. Your description will be carefully reviewed by your adviser and by the program directors for approval.
  • Once your internship information and objectives are clearly stated, you will submit your proposal electronically to your faculty adviser and Program Directors before the start of the semester. Your proposal must be approved by your adviser and the program directors in order for you to register for any internship. Once your proposal is approved, you will receive an access code that will allow you to register for internship credit. After registering for internship credit, you must request a confirmation letter on official letterhead from your supervisor. The letter should detail your work schedule and responsibilities and must be submitted to Faith Stangler, Director of External Programs, at, by the first week of class.

Number of Units, Meeting Hours, and Grading

You may enroll in a maximum of four internship credits per semester (fall, spring, or summer). The academic workload or the number of Gallatin assignments you and your adviser agree upon will determine the number of credits you can take for the internship.* Embedded Internships are limited to two credits. You must work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week at the placement site over the course of the semester. With the exception of Embedded Internships, undergraduate internships receive grades of Pass or Fail. Graduate students receive a letter grade. The faculty adviser assigns the final grade. The analytical reflections that document your internship experience, your final project, as well as your supervisor’s performance evaluation determine this grade. In Embedded Internships, the course instructor oversees the internship and assigns your grade. Gallatin professors and the Internship Program design and arrange Embedded Internships.  

*PLEASE NOTE: 1) Internships are credit-bearing non-classroom courses and, for this reason, tuition and fees for an internship course are generated in the same way as they are for a classroom course and are based on the number of units for the internship course. 2) Students may take a maximum of 24 units in internship during their course of study at Gallatin. 

1-2 Credits (8-10 hours of work per week minimum) 3-4 Credits (8-10 hours of work per week minimum)
a) Proposal and Learning Contract forms a) Proposal and Learning Contract forms

b) 3-4 Reflections per semester

  • reflections may include multi-media projects, informational interviews, and work samples with description

b) 5-7 Reflections per semester

  • reflections may include multi-media projects, informational interviews, and work samples with description
c) Mid-term Progress Report c) Mid-term Progress Report

d) Final Project:

  • Extended Essay (5-7 pages), which may contain multi-media elements, or
  • Short creative work + brief description


d) Final Project:

  • Research Paper (10-15 pages), which may contain multi-media elements, or
  • Creative work + brief description


Contact Us

Dr. Nancy Rubino

Senior Director, Academic Internships
Tel: (212) 992-8706

Faith Stangler

Director of External Programs
Tel: (212) 998-7376