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Internship FAQs

General Questions

1) What Is An Internship?

A Gallatin internship is a credit-bearing work experience in a non-classroom environment which enables students to learn experientially, expand their understanding of academic concepts and models, and gain important technical knowledge and skills in a career-related field. Often, students elect internships related to their concentrations and career goals. Doing so allows students to connect the skills and knowledge acquired in their coursework with real-world practice.

2) What are the benefits of an Internship?

An internship offers you an opportunity to gain exposure to career fields and industries of interest. Credit-bearing internships at Gallatin provide you with an opportunity to gain applied experience by encouraging you to make connections between your plan of study and corresponding professional fields of interest. While many organizations may see internships as a way to assess and train students as potential employees for their companies, Gallatin expects our students to seek internships with the main aim of finding those that are integrally connected with their academic interests. Prioritizing internships that speak to a particular student’s academic trajectory allows an internship to advance or complement a plan of study.

3) How do I find an Internship?

Schedule an appointment with your academic adviser to review your goals, skills, and interests. Next, review and update your resume. If you are in need of creating a resume, contact NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development to set up an appointment and attend a resume/cover letter workshop. When looking for an internship site, there are plenty of resources available to you: you may want to speak with a career counselor at the Wasserman Center, visit the NYU Handshake database, or research calls for internships on sites such as,,, or You can also consult your faculty adviser, professors, Gallatin’s Internship Resources page, and Gallatin’s Internship Program staff to learn about potential internship opportunities.

4) When is a good time to begin searching for an Internship and how do I apply?

It is best to start looking months in advance before the anticipated semester in which you hope to intern and to keep in mind that many companies and organizations have deadlines for internship application submissions.

Students applying for an internship will usually need to submit a resume or CV and cover letter. Some applications can be completed and submitted directly online while other internship applications may require you to send a resume and cover letter or CV directly to the internship site. Additionally, some companies request writing samples, transcripts, or other materials in order to assist them in the selection process. Securing an internship will require you to apply in the same manner as when searching for a regular job.

5) What types of Internships are available?

Internships are available in a wide variety of fields from both the private and the non-for-profit sector. They may be paid or unpaid, and may be pursued in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. For a list of sample industries and organizations for which Gallatin students have interned, see our Internship Partners area.

6) How do I choose an Internship site?

You may select a placement site in a number of different ways. Think about the kind of work you would like to do and the skills you would like to learn. Talk first with your adviser and then with the Director of External Programs Faith Lucine to discuss potential internship sites. You can also make an appointment to see an NYU Career Counselor at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development to discuss additional resources.

7) What happens if I can no longer complete my internship after I've enrolled?

If you can no longer complete the internship for reasons of illness or due to changes to your placement site, you must contact Director of External Programs Faith Lucine to discuss your options.

8) What will happen to my internship if I cannot submit the required assignments, and whom should I contact?

If, for a legitimate reason, you cannot submit the required academic assignments to your faculty adviser, you may ask to receive an Incomplete until you make up the work. You may contact one of the Program Directors, Director of External Programs Faith Lucine to discuss other possible options.

9) My adviser isn’t available to meet with me and/or isn’t responding to my emails. What can I do?

If your academic adviser is unavailable, please contact either the Internship Program Directors or the Advisement Office.

10) I want to do my internship out of state in the summer. Is that allowed? If so, how can I participate in the workshops?

If you would like to intern outside of the NYC metropolitan area during the summer semester, you will need to check with Director of External Programs Faith Lucine to verify that the state is compliant with NYU rules and protocols regarding internships. If you cannot be present to attend the two required internship workshops in the summer term(s), please contact Ms. Lucine to discuss options to participate via Skype.

Academic Credit and Registration Deadlines

1) How do I register for Internship credit?

First, you must set up an appointment to meet with your adviser well in advance of the start of the semester for which you wish to obtain an internship. When you meet your adviser, you will discuss how or if an internship intersects with your plan of study and you will review your goals and academic objectives. Once these are clear, you will complete and submit the online Internship Proposal form to your adviser for approval. Once this form is approved, it will be sent to Director of External Programs Faith Lucine for processing. You will receive registration information and instructions about how to officially complete your registration online via Albert.

2) What are the requirements of an Internship?

There are several requirements for credit-bearing internships, including:

  • A completed and approved preliminary Internship Proposal.
  • A confirmation letter, sent to Faith Lucine, from the site supervisor that indicates the hours and responsibilities of the internship.
  • An Internship Learning Contract, which must be submitted one to two weeks after the start of your internship and Journal Reflections (which may be completed in multi-media form) submitted to your faculty adviser through the course of the semester.
  • An Internship Progress Report, to be submitted by you to your faculty adviser at the midpoint of the semester.
  • A final project (e.g. a research paper, a creative work with reflection, or a longer reflective, critical essay), to be submitted to your adviser at the completion of the internship. Please note: The length and type of the final project will depend on the number of credits you are enrolled in and must be decided in consultation with your faculty adviser.
  • Attendance at one mandatory workshop.
  • A Performance Evaluation Form, to be completed by your internship supervisor.

3) When can I do an Internship?

Gallatin students complete one or more internships during their sophomore, junior, or senior years.

4) How many credits can I receive in an Internship?

Internships are offered between 1 to 4 credits per semester. The maximum number of internships that can be taken in the undergraduate program is 24; up to 12 credits (including Course Equivalency and transfer credit) are permitted in the graduate program.

5) How are credits determined in an Internship?

The number of credits you for which you can register will be determined by the academic workload or assignments you and your adviser have agreed upon. The number of credits will also depend on the number of hours you will work each week at the internship over the course of the semester and the type of work functions you will perform at the placement site.

6) Can you receive compensation for a credit-bearing Internship?

Yes, internships for credit are sometimes paid; most often, they are unpaid.

7) How am I graded in an Internship?

All undergraduate internships are graded Pass/Fail. 

8) When are Internships offered?

Internships are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. During the summer semester, there are two 6-week sessions. A student can elect to do an internship over one session or he or she can continue to work over both sessions during the full 12-week summer semester.

9) What are the deadlines for registering for an Internship?

For fall/spring internships, the registration deadline is the end of the first week of classes. For summer internships that will occur over one summer session, the deadline is the first day of whichever of the two summer sessions your internship will take place. For summer internships that take place over the course of both six-week sessions, the deadline is the first day of the first summer session.

Tuition and Financial Resources

1) What is the cost of an Internship?

Tuition and fees for internships are generated in the same way as are those for classroom courses, and are based on the number of credits/units that are assigned to the internship course.

2) Are there financial resources available for an Internship?

A Wasserman Center Internship Grant is available from the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development. These grants were established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing non-paying internships in the arts, education, public service, not-for-profits, and within other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns. Typically, the Wasserman Center is able to offer approximately between 100-120 $1,000 grants during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Applications are reviewed by the NYU Wasserman Center Internship Grant Committee and representatives from various NYU academic departments.

The Mike Bender Internship Grant, available through the Gallatin School to all undergraduate and graduate Gallatin students, is given in honor of Mike Bender, and awards approximately $500 each year to a student for an internship related to social justice work that promotes the ideals of compassion, understanding, and tolerance.


Contact Us

Faith Lucine

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