Center for Career Services
Finding an Internship and Internship Requirements
An internship is temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment, and it can be paid or unpaid.
What are Internships?
Internships enable students to integrate their academic studies with periods of employment related to their career goals. They are programs of educational enrichment designed to enhance students' academic and personal development in preparation for careers. Students are supervised by faculty advisors in off campus full or part-time internship experiences related to their studies and/or career interests. The program is designed to provide students with practical field experience while giving employers access to resourceful students preparing for professional positions. Internships are available in all major areas of study currently offered at Marist.
Internships may be arranged for the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. Since academic credit is awarded upon completion of the field experience, tuition must be paid according to the number of credits attempted.
Who is Eligible for an Internship?
Each school has its own set of internship requirements so it's important that students confirm these with their internship faculty coordinator. Students must also meet the following requirements:
- Matriculation in a bachelor's degree program
- Completion of 60 credits, at least 12 of which were earned at Marist
- Minimum GPA of 2.50
- Completion of courses that relate to the duties to be performed at the work site
- Approval of the division Internship Faculty Coordinator (see below) AND a completed learning contract prior to registering for academic credit
In addition, students must also meet the necessary qualifications established by the participating employer.
Internship Faculty Coordinators
Elective Credit Internships
Students seeking elective credit internships must meet with the Center for Career Services.
(*Special note: Biology, Communications, History, and Psychology majors are required to meet with their Internship Faculty Coordinators)
- Accounting/Business - Ken Coletti and John Cary
- American Studies - Steve Garabedian
- *Biology - Kristin Dragos
- Chemistry - Neil Fitzgerald
- *Communication Arts/Media Studies & Production - Babette Fasolino
- Computer Science - Alan Labouseur and Carolyn Matheus
- Digital Media/Studio Art/Art History - Laura Hammond-Toonkel
- English - Melissa Gaeke
- Fashion Design/Merchandising - Patrick Boylan
- French - Shanaaz Mohammed
- *History/Public History - Steven Garabedian
- Information Technology and Systems (Undergraduate) - Alan Labouseur and Carolyn Matheus
- Information Technology and Systems (Graduate) - Christopher Algozzine
- Italian - Marina Melita
- Mathematics - Joseph Kirtland
- Management Studies (Professional Programs) - Kristine Cullen
- Paralegal - Annamaria Maciocia
- Philosophy - Andrei A. Buckareff
- Political Science - Melissa Gaeke
- *Psychology - Janine Buxton
- Spanish - Patricia Ferrer
Students seeking required credit internships in the majors listed below are required to meet with their internship faculty coordinator:
- Accountancy (MS) - Byunghoon Jin
- Adolescent Education - Dr. Kari Morrison
- Athletic Training - Kevin Henry
- Biomedical Sciences - Kristin Dragos
- Childhood Special Education - Dr. Kari Morrison
- Criminal Justice - Janine Buxton
- Environmental Science - Richard Feldman
- Masters of Public Administration (MPA) - Jay Bainbridge
- Medical Technology - Brigid Shanley and Terry Paskell
- Psychology - Janine Buxton
- Social Work - Dr. Katherine Dill
- MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Graduate) - Dr. Peter del Rosario
- MA School Psychology (Graduate) - Stacy Williams
Can I do an internship in my minor?
In most cases, yes! Please contact the relevant Internship Faculty Coordinator above for more information.
Organizations Participating in Internship Programs
- Anderson Center for Autism
- Arts Mid-Hudson
- Atlantic Records
- Binghamton Devils
- Coburn Communications
- Coyne Public Relations
- Cryptic Gallery
- Donna Karan International
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Entertainment Tonight
- Fidelity Investments
- Fox News Channel
- Goldman Sachs
- Haddad Brands
- iHeart Radio
- JP Morgan Chase
- Krupp Communications
- Madison Square Garden
- Michael Kors
- Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
- Morgan Stanley
- National Park Service
- NBC Universal
- New York Jets
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Oscar de la Renta
- Prudential Financial
- Rhinebeck Bank
- Ross Stores, Inc.
- Sesame Street
- Sirius XM Radio
- Sony Music
- Target Corporation
- The Hartford
- The Valley Table Magazine
- The Walt Disney World Company
- TJX Companies, Inc.
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Tory Burch
- United States Military Academy at West Point
- Vera Wang
- Victoria's Secret
Other Resources for Finding Internships
Log in to your FoxQuest account and work the search filters in the Jobs tab. Current Marist students have access to a Handshake account to search for more opportunities. Email email@example.com if you need further assistance with FoxQuest or Handshake.
Other websites that the Center for Career Services suggests you search are:
Internship Processes and Requirements
A credit bearing internship can be paid or unpaid and is connected to an academic course that typically involves reflecting on your internship experience. To receive academic credit for your internship it must be approved by your internship faculty coordinator and you must register for the course, which will be reflected on your academic transcript. A non-credit bearing internship is not connected to an academic course, but is a great resume booster. A student should still consult with a career coach or their Internship Faculty Coordinator before accepting a non-credit bearing internship.
Hours Required for Internship Credit
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Application Process for Elective Credit Internships
(If an internship is required by your academic program you must speak to the faculty coordinator in your department.)
- Make an appointment with the Internship Program Coordinator, Stephanie Graham, using FoxQuest
- Complete your FoxQuest profile
- Begin working on your resume
- Bring your resume to your appointment
- Once your resume has been critiqued and finalized you must upload it in FoxQuest.
- Once your resume has been uploaded, you can begin to apply for internship opportunities. Wait for responses from employers wishing to schedule interviews. Participate in one or more internship interviews.
- After accepting an internship offer, a student will meet with the internship faculty coordinator for his/her major and then be guided to the online process in FoxQuest.
- Obtain Instructions for Completing Online Internship Registration Paperwork from Career Services or the Internship Faculty Coordinator for your major.
- In FoxQuest, click on Add a New Experience and input your internship information and learning contract for approval.
- The internship registration and learning contract will be reviewed by the student's internship faculty coordinator. The student's internship employer will need to approve the internship description.
- Students should inform their employer that they will be receiving an email for approval from the Marist College Center for Career Services.
- Once registration is complete and the learning contract is received and approved by the Center for Career Services, the paperwork will be sent to the Registrar for final processing.
Additional Internship Registration Steps for International Students
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined for an F-1 student as authorized alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
- The student must have been studying consistently full-time for one full academic year (Fall and Spring semester = one full academic year).
- The work must be directly related to the student's MAJOR field of study.
- The student must be in good academic standing.
- The student must be making normal progress within their program.
- The internship must be an integral part of the program of study.
Things to Consider:
- Students must remain full-time during the fall and spring academic semesters.
- The student can work part-time (20 hours per week) while school is in session and work full-time (40 hours per week) during semester breaks.
- The student cannot be engaging in on-campus employment and CPT while in class full time, unless the total for all work is under 20 hours per week.
- In a student's last semester, if a graduate student has three credits, or an undergraduate has six credits or less, they can engage in full-time CPT.
- Students are required to register for an internship course in order to obtain CPT.
- Students can only use CPT before completion of their educational objective.
- Students who use one year or more of full-time CPT eliminate their eligibility for Occupational Practical Training (OPT).
After accepting an internship offer:
- Fill out the Curricular Practical Training/Academic Training Recommendation Form for the Designated School Official (DSO), from the website.
- Once you have the Internship Registration and Learning Contract form completed and signed in FoxQuest, the Center for Career Services will contact you to pick up the registration to obtain the DSO’s signature. The DSO will sign and make a copy of the form.
- Register for the internship in the Registrar’s office and pay for the course with Student Financial Services.
- Make an appointment with the DSO for a new I-20 with CPT listed on it.
- Begin internship.
Remember that you cannot begin your internship until you have received an authorized 1-20 from the DSO. You can only work for the duration printed on your 1-20.
In order for the CPT to be approved by the USCIS, the DSO must register you in SEVIS. In order for the DSO to enter your internship into SEVIS, all paperwork must be complete.
School and Division Requirements
School of Communication and the Arts
Additional Course Requirements - Student has successfully completed major course work; communication requires a passing grade in Employment Practicum (CRDV 100N)
Credits Toward Graduation - Maximum of 14 for communications and 15 for fashion design and fashion merchandising
Division Requirements - Internships are not required as part of the curriculum except for the sports communication concentration, which requires a minimum of three credits.
Academic Requirements - To receive academic credit, communication requires writing assignments and a final paper, which vary by number of internship credits attempted; fashion design and fashion merchandising majors must complete weekly journals, a midterm written report and make a final oral presentation to a fashion class
School of Computer Science and Mathematics
Additional Course Requirements - None
Credits Toward Graduation - Maximum of 12
Division Requirements - Internships are not required as part of the curriculum
Academic Requirements - To receive academic credit, students are required to submit a final paper, 7-10 pages in length, at the end of their internship
School of Liberal Arts
Additional Course Requirements - Paralegal students must complete PRLG 101 (PRLG 210 is also recommended); history and public history interns should be in their junior or senior year and have completed two prerequisite History courses as well as the recommended course Introduction to Public History (HIST 205) prior to their field experience; political science majors must have junior status and permission of the internship faculty coordinator.
Credits Toward Graduation - Maximum of six for paralegal, 15 for public history, and 18 for political science
Division Requirement - Internships are required for history majors with a public history concentration
Academic Requirements - Established by each internship faculty coordinator for each experience
School of Management
Additional Course Requirements - Students must have completed 12 credits in courses related to work site requirements
Credits Toward Graduation - Over the course of the student’s academic career, a maximum of 12 for business and economics and nine for accounting
Division Requirement - Internships are not required as part of the curriculum
Academic Requirements - Established by the internship faculty coordinator for each experience and can include reflection papers, assimilation papers and projects; check with internship faculty coordinator for each specific internship
School of Science
Additional Course Requirements - None
Credits Toward Graduation - Maximum of 12; environmental science majors must complete a minimum of six credits
Division Requirements - Internships are required for all biomedical science majors and environmental science majors not electing the senior research option
Academic Requirements - Established by the internship faculty coordinator for each experience
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
All majors in this school require internships. Check with the specific division for further requirements.