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What is an internship?
The SUNY New Paltz Internship Program offers students an educational experience integrating academic studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to their major or career goals. An internship allows students to acquire practical skills by being exposed to the world of work. Students may participate in internships which are paid or unpaid.

Why should I do an internship?

  • Internships assist you with career decision making through on-the-job experience in a targeted field. Students who participate in internships tend to have a clearer sense of career objectives and increased motivation for school.
  • Internships develop your professional and personal skills. It improves self organization, management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Internships improve after-graduation job prospects. You gain valuable work experience, confidence in the interviewing process, and professional contacts for future employment. Working as an intern helps you begin the process of networking early and places you in continual contact with potential employers.
  • Internships provide you with a competitive edge in today's job market. Data shows that internship experience helps facilitate the transition from student to employee.

What are the requirements for receiving credit?
With departmental approval, students may receive fieldwork credit. The College requirements for receiving credit include:

  • Students must have at least a GPA of 2.5 (2.75 for business students).
  • Students must be at least a junior.
  • Students need to be matriculated at SUNY New Paltz for at least one semester and must meet the departmental and/or employer requirements for credit.

How can the Career Resource Center assist me with finding an internship?
The Career Resource Center is a clearinghouse for internship information. Organizations, both local and elsewhere, notify us when they want to host interns. We maintain these listings on HawkHire.

The Career Resource Center can assist with identifying appropriate internship sites, putting together top-notch application materials, and preparing for the internship interview. They will advise you on how to have a successful experience once you have been accepted into an internship program.

For more information, contact:
Beth King
Internship Coordinator
Career Resource Center
Humanities Classroom Building, Room 105
Phone: 845-257-3265

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