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.
To get assistance in finding an appropriate internship site, discuss your plans with the Director of External Programs, Faith Stangler Lucine, who can help you identify appropriate industries and organizations to which you can apply. She can also review and offer advice on your resume and cover letter, or refer you to a Gallatin liaison at the NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development, where you can secure an internship placement through a consultation with a career counselor/coach. If you elect to look for opportunities through Wasserman please keep in mind that you should connect your internship to the goals and objectives you 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.
To what extent does your internship fall into one or more of the following internship categories?
Once you have secured an internship, you will need to discuss the details of the arrangement with your adviser regarding your internship 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.
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 (which are letter graded), undergraduate internships receive grades of Pass or Fail. Graduate students receive a letter grade. The faculty adviser assigns the final grade, which is based on the following criteria:
*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
b) 5-7 Reflections per semester
|c) Mid-term Progress Report||c) Mid-term Progress Report|
d) Final Project:
d) Final Project: