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Elective Internships at Syracuse University

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The Career Services office in Schine Student Center helps students find and arrange local and national internships (whether they carry academic credit or not). Internships may be taken during any semester or summer session. Career Services facilitates internships in most career areas and makes information about internship options available to graduate and undergraduate students from across the University. Students who want to receive academic credit for their internship are subject to the provisions and regulations of the school or college in which they are enrolled.

Elective internships can provide students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom, explore career options, develop specific career skills, and become involved with community service. The specific role of the intern varies with each host organization, depending upon the student’s goals, objectives, and skills and the organization’s needs and resources. 

Supervisors in the host organization guide and monitor the intern’s work at the internship site. If the internship is taken for academic credit, then at the end of the internship the supervisor evaluates each intern’s work. This becomes part of the faculty member's final evaluation of student achievement.

Every academic credit internship is guided by a faculty sponsor, a faculty member who has expertise relevant to the internship. The sponsor helps the student set goals for the internship and decides on the method of evaluating the experience. Interns may be required to keep journals, complete portfolios, or work on projects and papers. The faculty sponsor also awards the grade for the internship.

Students can find pre-existing internships in many fields. In addition students can often develop their own internships, each of which must be approved by their faculty sponsor and academic program. Internships may be taken during the fall or spring semester, over winter break or during summer sessions, either in the Syracuse area or in their home towns or elsewhere in the United States or abroad. 

Once accepted for an internship, students must complete a learning proposal that describes the goals and activities planned for the internship and an online supplemental information (and waiver) form. 

Internships for elective academic credit require at least 45 hours of internship work for each credit earned. Thus, during a regular 15-week semester, an intern may earn three credits by working an average of 9 hours a week. During summer sessions, work schedules vary widely and often include more than the minimum number of hours. All internship hours worked under the oversight of the faculty sponsor are considered part of the internship. Students may register for anywhere from 1 to 6 credits, depending on the advice of their faculty advisors and the specific requirements of the department and school or college in which they are enrolled.

Work schedules are arranged by the interns and their site supervisors. The total number of credits awarded depends upon the nature of the tasks and responsibilities involved as well as the number of hours worked and in summer, the student’s financial resources.

During fall and spring semesters, full-time undergraduate students may include internship course credits as part of their regular course load, which allows up to 19 credits without incurring additional tuition charges. Undergraduates accepted for summer sessions internships pay tuition at the rate set for other summer credits. All graduate students and all University college students taking internships for credit pay tuition at the rates set for other credits.

Interns must be registered during the semester or summer session in which their internships take place. Retroactive credit is not granted.

For further information about local and national internship opportunities, program policies, and application and registration procedures, contact the Career Services office in Schine Student Center, or visit the Career Services web site, .