HCLAS Internship How-tos
There are several avenues available for Hofstra Liberal Arts & Sciences’ students who are interested in internships. In some academic departments, there are specific course listings for internships, and arrangements are made through the department chair. In other departments, students arrange internships through the Off-Campus Education Office. Check with your department chair or Rene Giminiani-Caputo, Program Director for OCE and Hofstra College Internship Coordinator for more information.
If you want to earn credit for your internship, you must get your internship approved by OCE and/or your major department BEFORE the internship begins. No credit will be awarded after the fact.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP THROUGH OCE
OCE internships can be done in any single academic discipline, or through an interdisciplinary approach. OCE internships are open to all students at the University, undergraduate and graduate, with the permission of their major advisor. All students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. For some internships, the GPA and class standing requirements are higher. Students are graded for OCE internships on a pass/fail basis.
Anyone applying for an internship through OCE must fill out a standard application, which is available online or in the OCE Office, 203A Roosevelt Hall. Applications need the signature of both your major advisor and a faculty member who will serve as your academic consultant and help shape the academic proposal for your internship.
The basic academic proposal for a one-credit internship is usually two to three pages describing the internship site, job responsibilities and the on-site supervisor’s role in the company or organization.
If you are seeking to earn more than one credit for your internship, you must submit a more detailed proposal outlining a research project that links your internship experience to a liberal arts topic. This outline should include a tentative bibliography listing potential primary and secondary sources. OCE provides basic guidelines for your proposal, but your faculty consultant may have additional requirements.
The Off-Campus Education Office also requires a formal letter from the on-site supervisor, on company letterhead, confirming the internship and anticipated work hours for the semester.
Students can register for a maximum of nine internship credits for the entire semester. All OCE credits are liberal arts based and will count for free liberal arts electives, unless the major department chair approves elective department credit.
If you want to earn credit for your internship, you must get your internship approved by OCE and your major department BEFORE the internship begins. No credit will be awarded after the fact.
HOW AN OCE INTERNSHIP WORKS:
All students doing OCE internships are required to write a Basic Learning Report, in which they describe their experiences, focusing primarily on special projects worked on, the highs and lows of the internship, and an in-depth analysis of how the internship changed or reinforced career goals. Students are encouraged to write a daily journal to chronicle their experiences. This will help you write the Basic Learning Report at the end of the semester, and give your faculty consultant a clearer understanding of your progress throughout the experience.
Students who have registered for OCE internships worth more than one credit must complete a Research Project. The length of the Basic Learning Report or the Research Project is determined by the amount of credits involved. Each credit is equivalent to seven to ten pages per credit or 1,750-2,500 words. For each 40 hours spent at the internship site, one credit is awarded to the student. Credits for all internships must be determined before a student registers.
Once the application packet is complete with signatures from the Assigned Faculty Consultant, and in some cases departmental chair and the OCE Committee, participants will then be allowed to register for academic courses. Students can register for a maximum of nine internship credits for the entire semester.
REMINDER: For more information, please check Frequently Asked Questions about internships.