- Defined expectations
- Orientation and training
- Supervision and mentoring
- Evaluation of the experiences by both student and a supervisor
- Real work. While all entry-level positions involve clerical work, daily tasks in an internship are substantive, with less than 35% clerical work.
Macaulay students are required to complete an internship or study abroad, during their undergraduate career, as part of their graduation requirement. To satisfy the Macaulay requirement for completing an internship, you should:
- Read the Internship Learning Agreement Handbook to learn how to meet the requirement.
- Pursue an internship that advances your academic and professional goals.
- Discuss the potential internship with your Macaulay Advisor.
- Submit an online Internship Learning Agreement once you secure the internship. Must be submitted no later than the second week of their internship. We highly recommend students submit as soon as they accept the offer.
- Submit an online Internship Evaluation Form once you complete the internship, which can be found as part of their Internship/Undergraduate Research Learning Agreement record on Handshake.
- Report all internship experiences, even those undertaken subsequent to meeting the Macaulay Honors College requirements.
- Contact the Office of Career Development or your Macaulay Advisor during the internship if you have any concerns about the position or need assistance.
Besides Macaulay Honors College, internships can be found through a number of resources such as your home campus and external sites.
International internships can be found through various websites with student reviews and we highly encourage students to conduct thorough research to determine the right fit for them. There are a number of organizations that match students to internships in a variety of fields.
Some international internships may be paid. Each provider has a varying fee level. Macaulay students may be able to use the Opportunities Fund to supplement their experience. Discuss the position with your Advisor as early as possible and be sure to fill out the CUNY Travel Waiver (required).
Be careful to vet international experiences, particularly from third-party companies.
Please note that Macaulay Honors College does not vet or endorse these providers. Some examples of review websites:
The purpose of the Internship Evaluation is threefold:
- To provide information for other Macaulay students (and the Honors College), your employer organization and your supervisor about your internship/research.
- To provide you the opportunity to reflect upon your internship/research experience and relate it to your academic life.
- To initiate the process of updating your resume and/or developing a “personal statement” for later use in applying to graduate and professional schools.
The Internship Evaluation Form will be available on Handshake once the Internship Learning Agreement has been submitted and approved, at the end of the designated semester.