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INTERNSHIP FAQs

Looking for an internship can be a stressful and time-consuming process. Sometimes it’s difficult knowing where to start, and it can be difficult to know where to look. If you are just beginning your search, or are confused about the process, take a look at these FAQs as a starting point. 


  1. What is an internship?

    An internship is a learning experience in which the intern works with a supervisor in an organization to gain hands-on experience in a workplace, linking classroom learning to practical experience. An internship may also help you explore a career field of interest.
  2. Why take an internship?

    Internships allow you to complement your academics with practical experience and can help you figure out if what you are studying is the right fit for you. In addition, they teach you new skills, allow you to put your learning to use, and help you build connections for the future.
  3. What sorts of internships does Career Services have information about?

    We have information about internships in Syracuse and elsewhere in the USA. These internships are in most industries and career areas—anything from physics to photography, commerce to communications, science to social services.
  4. When can an internship be taken?

    An internship can be taken in any semester (including summer).
  5. How can Career Services help me?

    We can help you develop an internship search startegy, building a network in the industry of your choice, help you with your resume and cover letter, and can help you through the academic credit process.
  6. When should I begin to look for an internship?

    Internship application procedures and deadlines vary based on industry, location, and popularity of the internship.  Some deadlines are a full nine months before the start date of the internship! By doing your research, knowing your industry, and having a search method you'll be able to determine when's the best time to start looking for internships in your area of interest.
  7. How do I begin searching?

    Before you begin looking for an internship, spend some time thinking about what you would like to get out of an internship. Ask yourself why you want one and when you want to start. The clearer you are about what you want from an internship, the more likely you are to have a successful internship experience.

    Useful questions to ask yourself:

    • Why do I want an internship?
    • What do I want to learn from an internship? 
    • When do I want to intern (spring, summer, fall)
    • How can I begin building connections in the industry I want to intern in?
    • What sort of company or organization would enable me to learn those things?
    • Where do I want the internship to be geographically?
    • How much time do I want to spend at the internship?
  8. Where can I begin looking for an internship?

    There are many databases you can use, and we have put together a list of resources for your search. In addition, you can also create your own internship opportunity. Approach an employer directly and propose an idea.  You'd be surprised how many employers are open to designing a new internship for a proactive and enthusiastic student. Remember that not all internships are advertised. We suggest that you tell as many people as you can and enlist the help of other people in your search. Discuss your search with anyone and everyone who might be able to help!

  9. Does Syracuse University have events that can help in my internship search?

    We host many events throughout the year, but keep in mind that attending these events should only be one element of your internship search. In the fall semester, we host a Local Internship Fair and the Fall Career Fair. Our Spring Career Fair is held during the first week in February. In addition to these career fairs, several colleges within Syracuse Univeristy host their own niche fairs. Keep an eye out for signs and emails to find out when these events will take place.
  10. Who is eligible to take an internship for credit?

    Each school and college has its own rules about when you can take an elective internship.
  11. What is the time requirement of a credit internship?

    You must spend at least 45 hours at the site for each academic credit—about half a day per week during a fall or spring semester. Students can take 1-6 credits, depending on the internship.
  12. Do any of the internships pay? If so, is credit still awarded?

    Most paid internships are offered during the summer, when students tend to work more hours than in fall and spring. If your internship is paid, you can still recieve credit through the university.
  13. How are summer internships paid for? [Does this mean summer for credit options?]

    If you are taking an internship for credit, you will be billed seperately per credit hour as summer internships are not included in regular tuition fees. If your internship is not for credit, you will not be billed.
  14. What if I cannot afford to take an internship?

    Syracuse University offers two possible funding opportunities that students can apply for, the Clements Internship Award and the Menschel Award.  In addition, some students apply to outside scholarships to help fund their internship opportunity.