An internship is a structured and supervised professional work-learn experience within an approved organization, for which a student can earn academic credit. Internships may be either in the United States or in another country. Only students registered for academic credit and working at approved sites are considered interns.
Inernships may be completed during the fall, spring, or summer semester (summer session I & II). Internships during the fall or spring semesters must be for a minimum of 12 hours and no more than 20 hours per week for the 14-15 week duration. (Note: internships can be for a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 15 weeks, given that some regular coures give exams during the 15th meeting week while others meet for 14 weeks and require a final paper in place of meeting the 15th week.) Full-time internships (generally 40 hours per week) are permitted during the summer semester; summer internships must total a minimum of 180 hours in order to earn course credit.
General office and clerical work may comprise no more than 25% of the student’s time. Credit cannot be granted for internships that are primarily clerical (filing, data entry, answering the telephone, photo-copying, etc.)
Upon securing an internship, students should request their internship site supervisor to complete and submit the Internship Initiation Form. Upon approval from CEMS, students should:
- Register the internship with the NYU Wasserman Center (scroll down to Register Internship with NYU Wasserman Center section for instructions and links);
- Register for EURO-GA 3902. Please note, CEMS is only offering 4-credit internships, and internships must fulfill the requriements outlined above.
Upon completion of the internship, the Internship Completion Form must be submitted by the internship site supervisor.
Students must also submit a 2-3 page reflection paper to the CEMS director and assistant director answering the following questions:
- Description of internship (brief) that includes: responsibilities; skills learned and/or areas of knowledge gained; project description; challenges encountered; your expectations/goals (how and why they were or were not met)
- Analysis of the internship in terms of the following: brief overview of the organization's mission/work and how your project contributed or related to it; what you learned/changes you experienced; ethical considerations or issues (if applicable)
- Relationship of internship or project to academic studies, in particular - how were you able to apply the knowledge gained through your studies in your MA program to your internship, or vice-versa?
Exemptions to the regulations above are allowed only by the CEMS director.