An internship is an applied learning experience for which a student may earn academic credit in an agreed-upon, short-term, supervised workplace activity that may be related to a student’s major field or area of interest. The work can be full or part-time, on or off campus, paid or unpaid. Internships integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical skills developed in professional or community settings. An internship is distinct from community service or service learning.
The Career Development Center offers several resources for students who are researching and preparing to apply for internships. Students who are interested in obtaining an internship for credit should first talk to their department Faculty Internship Coordinator to discuss eligibility internship approval procedures.
Though each department has unique requirements for earning credit through internships, the college has general requirements that apply to all students: To be eligible to participate in an internship, a student must have completed at least 56 credit hours and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
SUNY Oneonta is prohibited from inquiring into an applicant's prior criminal history during the admission processes. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if the individual seeks an internship or participation in a study abroad program. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in the New York State Corrections Law.
Students who have been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of the intended program.
Internship application forms for academic credit are available here:
Internship Application Packet
For more information regarding the internship registration process for academic credit, please contact the Office of the Registrar or your academic department.
Top 10 Reasons to Do an Internship:
- "Test drive" a career field with little risk.
- Apply what you've learned in the classroom to the "real world."
- Earn money! In some internships, you may receive compensation for the hours you work.
- Gain experience that you can highlight when interviewing for jobs after graduation.
- Get a head start on updating your resume and writing a cover letter.
- Practice your interviewing skills.
- Enhance the "related experience" section of your resume.
- Make valuable contacts in your field.
- Land a job! In 2016, 72.7 percent of interns were offered full-time employment (as reported from the NACE Internship and Co-op Survey).
- Increase your chances of keeping your first job. 61.9 percent conversion to retention rate. (NACE Internship and Co-op Survey).