An internship is a field work experience which provides you with the opportunity to participate in pre-professional work related to your career interests. Interns work in corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations depending on your career interests. Internships are available during the Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters on a part-time (8-20 hours per week) or full-time (30-35 hours per week) basis. Matriculated undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Some projects may require related course work and a specific class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior or senior.)
Drop by the office in 805 East, or phone (212) 772-4850 to schedule an appointment for detailed information on projects and application procedures. We recommend that you apply as early as possible.
Having an internship gives you the opportunity to:
- Explore a career field of interest
- Learn new job skills and gain experience
- Demonstrate related experience on a résumé
- Discuss experience at a job interview
- Obtain references from professionals in the field
- Develop contacts for future employment
- Become better prepared for a competitive job market
- Earn possible academic credit or stipends
CDS has extensive internship opportunities in all majors and career fields for students to gain pre-professional work experience related to career interests:
Special Events Planning
Students are invited to attend information sessions regarding internship opportunities. Find out about the broad range of internships, how to apply, earn a stipend, and receive academic credit for your experience.
To RSVP, login to your ORION account
The following includes a list of career specific meetings that will be facilitated by the CDS Internship Coordinator in conjunction with faculty responsible for review of internship proposals and approvals for academic credit in departments directly relevant to the designated career fields.
Discussion will include internship attainment and participation, internship program and project resources, use of ORION, application procedures, resume/cover letter formats, credit requirements and procedures, accompanying assignments, grading as well as information on upcoming internship panels and industry information sessions. Each session will include a Q & A.
Make an appointment with Paula Wicklow, the internship coordinator, by calling (212) 772-4850 to discuss internship placement, academic credit options and assistance in the application process
There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs may do so without compensation. The Supreme Court has held that the term "suffer or permit to work" cannot be interpreted so as to make a person whose work serves only his or her own interest an employee of another who provides aid or instruction. This may apply to interns who receive training for their own educational benefit if the training meets certain criteria. The determination of whether an internship or training program meets this exclusion depends upon all of the facts and circumstances of each such program.
The following six criteria must be applied when making this determination:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.