Frequently Asked Internship Questions
1) How do I get an internship?
Students may obtain internships from a wide variety of sources, including Hofstra’s Career Management System (CMS) which houses thousands of jobs and internships. The CMS is found on the University’s portal under “Applications.” Networking, job and internship fairs, the Off-Campus Education Office (OCE), the Career Center and, of course, the internet are all proactive, positive paths to finding the right internship that fits your individual needs.
2) What do I need to find an internship?
It’s important that you have a strong resume and cover letter before beginning the internship search. Students should have a professional review their resume before they send it out to various internship positions. The Career Center has a weekly program called Quick Questions that partners students with counselors who will review their resumes and cover letters. The counselors will offer suggestions on resume writing that will help you make a positive impression on prospective employers. No appointments are necessary. Quick Question hours are Monday through Thursday, 2pm-4pm, and Friday from 11am-1pm. For internship questions, OCE holds a Quick Questions session every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm in 203A Roosevelt Hall.
3) When should I begin my internship search?
The timing of your internship search depends on the type of internship you are seeking. Prestigious internships, such as the White House or State Department, require your application to be in more than six months in advance. High level federal agencies conduct personal background checks as part of the application process. If you are looking for a local/NYC internship for the fall semester, you should begin to apply in late April or early May. Some companies are looking in the spring for both summer and fall interns. Spring internships seekers should begin to apply in October; those seeking summer internships usually begin in March. We do not give academic credit for January session internships due to the lack of immersion time at the site.
4) Do I have to get academic credit for my internship?
You do not have to receive academic credit for your internship experiences unless the company you are working for requires that you earn college credits or if an experiential learning component is part of your academic major. Otherwise, students may choose to earn elective credits for their internship. In some cases, departments may allow an internship to substitute for another course in the major. You must inquire within each individual department for its internship policies.
5) What is Off-Campus Education credit?
In order to receive credit for your internship, you must first check with your major department and find out what credit opportunities they have to offer. If they do not have a specific internship course or if the internship you have in mind does not meet the department’s criteria, you can visit the OCE in Roosevelt 203A and see René Giminiani-Caputo, who will explain the program and application process. All credited internships should be registered with the University before a student begins at the internship site. Credits are determined by an estimated count of hours spent at the internships. OCE requires that the student work 40 hours per credit earned, other areas such as Women’s Studies, require 28 hours per credit. All of this must be pre-determined before your internship begins. OCE requires a completed application and proposal. The length of your academic paper is normally related to the number of credits for which you are enrolled. Please check with individual departments for their internship procedures and policies.
6) What type of credit am I earning for my internship?
Students who participate in OCE will earn free liberal arts electives, but when an internship is taken in your department, you will earn major credits. For waviers and substitutions, you must inquire within your major department.
7) What type of grade will I receive for my internship experience?
All OCE internships are graded on a pass/fail basis, but most departments’ award traditional letter grades.
8) How many credits can I receive for my internship?
Internships are variable credits so students can earn one to nine credits in OCE, but most departments allow one to four credits. For semester length internships, like the United Nations or Disney, students can earn nine credits in OCE and then seek an independent study or on-line course to add an additional three credits, making the student full-time. In the SUNY/Brockport Washington DC Program, students can earn 16 semester hours’, the New York State Assembly Internship Program allows students to earn 15 credits for a nominal fee of $750 plus housing.
9) May I do an internship outside my major?
Yes. OCE is an interdisciplinary program that encourages cross-learning and the inter-relationship between different subject areas.
10) How will an internship help me?
Internships make students more marketable when seeking out a permanent job position after graduation. Most employers view students who participated in internships as pro-active, go-getters who understand the mechanics of professional working environments. Practical work experience, coupled with a strong academic background, is the key to a successful career.