Macaulay Honors College defines an internship as a carefully monitored, substantive preview of a career or profession with clear learning goals. To reach these learning goals, an internship encompasses:
Macaulay students are required to complete an internship or study abroad during their undergraduate career. To satisfy the Macaulay requirement for completing an internship, you should:
Identify possible internships as early as possible, ideally, three months prior to the beginning of the term in which you will intern.
Internships can be found through a number of resources, both at Macaulay Honors College and your home campus.
Interning internationally can be an excellent opportunity for students to further broaden horizons and obtain a global perspective that is attractive to future employers.
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. For a list of questions to ask, click here.
Some examples of review websites are below. Please note that Macaulay Honors College does not vet or endorse these providers
Some internships may not provide financial compensation but nonetheless offer significant learning experiences. The Opportunities Fund can be used to cover the cost of an experience that meets the Macaulay Honors College definition of an internship but is unpaid and for which you do not receive academic credit. Additionally, the Opportunities Fund can be used to finance travel expenses associated with internships outside New York City. You may also be eligible for a grant from the New York Community Trust. Speak to your Advisor about funds available to support your internship before applying.
Internship, research and other general opportunities available to Macaulay students can be found on CareerPath.
The purpose of this form is to create a detailed commitment between the student completing the internship or undergraduate research and the organization. This is needed to complete graduation requirements (see Student Handbook section “V. Academic Enrichment Opportunities”) or if the student wishes to use the Opportunities Fund to cover the cost of an internship or undergraduate research project that is unpaid and for which you do not receive academic credit.
The purpose of the Honors College Internship/Assistantship Evaluation is threefold: