Internships

The Manhattan College internship program is an excellent way to extend classroom learning and explore a career interest.

manhattan office buildingsInternships offer an opportunity to gain professional experience and contacts that can help you stand out in your job search. In today’s competitive job market, a degree alone is not enough to secure desired employment. Having hands on applicable experience is invaluable.

Whether an internship is paid or unpaid, credit or without credit, it offers you a wonderful learning experience. Students are encouraged to visit the Center for Career Development Office and meet with the Internship Coordinator early in their academic career to discuss their career goals, background and interests.

  • Internships for Credit
    • You can apply for an internship after earning 54 academic credits and completing the basics in your major (at least 12 credits).
    • You can complete an internship no more than twice for credit.
    • During the semester in which you elect to pursue an internship, you will not be allowed to take more than 15 credits total (including internship) except in exceptional circumstances, and only with the dean’s approval.
    • Credits can be applied to the major or minor or for elective credit.
    • The School of Engineering programs do not award credits for internships.
  • How to Find an Internship

    Take advantage of our online resources such as HandshakeGlassdoor.comAnyInternInternship Opportunities with New York State website, and FindSpark.

    Also check out our What Can I Do With This Major? page and review professional associations and job/internship posting sites.

    You should also utilize your social network connections on LinkedIn and consult with your career counselor, professors, mentors for suggestions on finding a right internship for your career.

  • How to Participate in an Internship
    • Schedule an appointment with the Center for Career Development to discuss your options
    • Download and fill out the project proposal form and email to your faculty sponsor
    • Download and fill out the add/drop form. This form must be signed by:
      • chair of your major department
      • your academic adviser
      • Sharon D’Amelia for all schools except for School of Business. Please see Assistant Dean Aileen Farrelly for School of Business.
    • Submit the internship form
  • Mission-Based Internships

    Are you interested in an internship with a Catholic organization that provides critical services to people in need? Consider interning at one of the Catholic Charities’ offices. These internships offer students the opportunity to learn and grow professionally within a nonprofit organization that is mission-driven, while gaining a better understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission to help and support people in need.

    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., offers internship opportunities for students majoring in sociology and psychology. As a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre assists in serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, weak and oppressed, and is committed to addressing the causes of injustice. Internships may be offered in:

    • Immigrant services
    • Mental health clinic
    • Senior services
    • Maternity services
    • Developmental disabilities

    Please contact Sharon D’Amelia at sharon.damelia@manhattan.edu for more information.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I have to accept an offer, if I have several interviews scheduled?

    No, you can let the employer know that you have other interviews scheduled and if you can get back to them within the week. However, once you accept an offer you should stop interviewing.

    When are the deadlines to apply for an internship?

    The deadline to apply to an internship varies. Some organizations recruit much earlier than others. These organizations are usually very structured and competitive. If you are seeking a spring or summer internship, the best time to start is in the fall semester.

    Can I earn credit for my internship experience?

    Students seeking credit should contact the chairperson of their academic department for approval, and you must also notify CCD. Engineering students may not receive college credit because the School of Engineering does not award credit for internships.

    What is the deadline to register for an internship for credit or non-credit?

    Students should try to register for an internship by the end of the add-drop week. If additional time is needed in order to finalize the internship, students may take up to the end of the third week of the semester with the approval of their Dean. No internship will be approved after that deadline.

    I did not get my internship through the college, could I still add the internship to my transcript?

    Yes, you must bring the job description to CCD for approval and you will be registered for the zero credit internship.

    Are all internships paid?

    Some industries typically do not pay interns, but offer a small stipend or require that the student earn academic credit. Other industries do pay interns an hourly wage.

    Can I stay on campus during the summer while I do my internship?

    Yes, but your internship must be approved by either your academic department (if receiving college credit) or CCD (if you are NOT receiving credit). CCD will notify Residence Life once your internship has been approved and you will have to complete a form for Residence Life and pay the housing fee.

    What if I am experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment on the job?

    You should speak to your career counselor immediately. We take this very seriously and will take immediate action.

    What if I need time off?

    If you need time off for exams or personal reasons, ask your supervisor in advance. If you are ill, notify your supervisor early in the morning.

    How do I end my internship?

    Once you have completed your minimum commitment, then you should give your employer at least two weeks notice before your last day. If you have been in your internship less than the time required you must discuss your situation with your career counselor.

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