Academic Credit: Process Overview
Pursuing course credit for an internship certifies the experience by recording it on your college transcript. You can search and apply for internships using the Handshake system or source one on your own.
- Find a faculty member from your program to serve as your internship course instructor. If you are unsure of who to ask, consult your program advisor. Together, you will work with your internship course instructor to complete the Internship Learning Contract (pdf). The Internship Learning Contract will serve as your course syllabus by defining the academic value of the work experience to your degree program. At this phase of the course development, you will determine the frequency of contact required with your internship course instructor and the academic coursework that will be required to supplement the work experience based on the number of credits sought for the course. Your site supervisor will also define what your responsibilities will be at the job site as an intern.
It is important to note that the same registration deadlines and fees apply per the academic calendar; an internship as a course is subject to the same registration guidelines as any other class on the posted course schedule.
- At the conclusion of your internship, your site supervisor will be asked to submit an Employer Evaluation of the Student Internship (pdf) to supply input to the internship course instructor regarding your performance at the internship site.
- Likewise, the student at the conclusion of the internship will also be asked to submit a Student Internship Evaluation (pdf) to supply their own feedback regarding the value of the internship experience.
These three documents will help your internship course instructor evaluate your academic performance as an intern and submit your final grade for the course. It is important to maintain communication with your internship course instructor and the Office of Career Services with any changes of status at your internship site.
Your experience matters. You can rate your internship site experience for other SUNY Poly students on Handshake – whether or not you pursued academic credit. You can check out reviews on Handshake other students have submitted on their work experiences.
Parker Dewey: Non-credit, paid microinternships
Explore non-credit microinternships to get short-term project experience with employers. Test drive a job to see if your academic program is putting you on a career path that works for you. Microinternships are project-based, not semester-based work experiences. Build your skillset and your industry contacts!
Always remote and always 5-40 hours of commitment, a microinternship is a short-term paid experience available via the SUNY Poly partnership site launchpad hosted by Parker Dewey at info.parkerdewey.com/sunypoly.
If you are a SUNY Poly student participating in an internship experience, we are here to help. If you need assistance, you are always welcome to reach out for guidance and support to CareerServices@sunypoly.edu, whether your internship is for academic credit, non-credit, paid, unpaid, remote or at a worksite.