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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?
Can I get academic credit?
Are there non-credit internships?
What other issues do I need to consider?

What is an internship?

An internship is a partnership between an undergraduate student and an employer to provide supervised work experience that complements the student’s academic program or career goals.
Some internships are paid and some are not. Sometimes an employer will provide a stipend, which is a fixed sum of money provided for work that is usually unpaid. Sometimes an employer will offer you another form of compensation like reimbursement for mileage or by providing lunch rather than paying you a wage. 

Can I get academic credit?

Yes, an internship can be done either for academic credit or just for experience. There are several things you need to know:

Eligibility: Before you can do an academic internship, you’ll need to have junior or senior status which means you’ll need to complete at least 56 credit hours prior to beginning your academic internship. You’ll also need to have at least a 2.5 GPA. Some academic departments require a higher GPA and senior status to enroll in their internship courses. Check out Academic Credit Internships for details on eligibility in each department.

Credit-bearing internships can be arranged at UAlbany in two ways:

  • If your department has an internship program- in order to get academic credit you will need to register for an internship class.To find out what class is available in your major check out the Academic Credit Internships
  • The University-Wide Internship program is available if your academic major does not have an internship course. This program is also a good choice if you have already taken an internship course in your major but want additional elective credit for another internship.

Are there non-credit internships?

Yes, students who are not seeking academic credit for an internship are free to participate in internship opportunities at their own discretion. In this case, the student should seek opportunities from employers with good reputations in providing meaningful internship experiences. Some non-credit internship opportunities are paid or come with some form of compensation like reimbursement for travel. Some non-credit internship opportunities are on a volunteer basis with the student receiving no form of compensation or academic credit.

What other issues do I need to consider?
Deadlines: Many internships have deadlines! If you’re planning a summer internship, the majority of deadlines will be in the Spring semester around March. Yet, some summer internship applications have deadlines as early as December of the previous year. Many academic internships have to go through a committee of professors to be approved first before you begin working. Beware of deadlines!

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