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Thank you for your interest in hiring an SVA student as an intern. An internship is an opportunity for our students to benefit from your professional guidance while giving them real workplace experience, and is an effective way for employers to determine if a student might be a good candidate for future opportunities with your organization. Each year, more than 300 SVA students successfully complete an internship for credit and receive overwhelmingly positive reviews from their employers.

Please review the following information on how to participate in the SVA Internship for Credit Program.

Employer Criteria and Requirements

When the School of Visual Arts is petitioned for an intern, the following criteria must be met in order to receive consideration for the College’s Internship for Credit Program. 

Employers must agree to provide:

  • A commitment to employ interns for a minimum of 150 hours, falling within the College’s semester period.
  • An internship which begins and ends within the SVA semester.
  • An internship that applies directly to a student’s field of study, fulfilling relevant career objectives.
  • A designated creative supervisor, qualified in the area of the student’s major, who gives counsel, advisement and career guidance.
  • In-house creative participation in a hands-on learning environment where the student regularly interacts with staff and/or clients.
  • A dedicated on-site workspace and computer if needed to accomplish the work. The employer may not require the student to provide her or his own computer or software, or to work from their home, personal studio, or SVA facilities.
Once an employer completes the interview process and a student is hired, the employer must:
  • Complete the College’s Internship Agreement Form by the appropriate enrollment deadline.
  • Work with the intern to identify their specific learning goals for the semester.
  • Provide hands-on learning opportunities and guidance to help the intern meet their learning goals.
  • Complete a mid-term evaluation of the intern’s performance to help keep them on track in meeting learning goals.
  • Ensure intern has logged hours properly and sign their weekly Attendance Record.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the Office of Career Development, especially if any questions, concerns or problems arise with the intern.
  • Complete a final evaluation and share any suggestions for improving the program or communications between the College, students and employers.
Important Dates and Deadlines

Internships must be completed in the same academic semester in which the student seeks to receive academic credit. The internship MUST begin on or after the start of the semester (May 6) and end before or on the last day of the semester (August 23). The summer 2014 deadline for students to register for credit is Friday, June 6.

Selecting and Hiring Your Intern

After you have selected an intern, the student will provide you with an Internship Agreement Form to complete. After the form has been approved by an SVA Career Development staff member, the student will complete the registration process and, once the semester begins, they may begin the internship. Note, students may NOT begin an internship until they, their employer, and representatives from SVA Career Development and Academic Advising have each signed the Agreement Form.

Hours and Intern Compensation

SVA students must complete a total of 150 hours within the semester start and end dates to earn credit. Students should not be asked to work more hours than those specified on the internship agreement form. Please keep in mind that students are balancing their academic coursework with the internship experience and therefore should not be asked to work hours beyond those agreed upon prior to beginning the internship.

Interns should not be asked to work beyond the SVA academic semester (such as holiday breaks). Employers who want a student to continue working with their company after the internship ends are encouraged to consider offering a paid opportunity. Note that international students participating in internships may not work beyond the dates specified on their internship agreement and CPT forms.

The Career Development office strongly encourages internship hosts to offer an hourly wage or if this is not possible, to offer a stipend for travel and meals. Please note that credit bearing internships may add a financial burden for students who must pay tuition. The current minimum wage in New York state is $7.25/hour and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the national average hourly pay for compensated interns in Bachelor’s programs in 2013 was $16.21/hour.

Internships and the Department of Labor Standards

Internship employers must review and abide by the New York State Department of Labor Internship Standards, the US Department of Labor Internship Standards, and laws related to workers’ compensation. It is required that you read and understand the information contained in these documents before hiring an intern from SVA. Information on these laws is available for download by visiting these sites:

Internship Programs Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act

New York State Department of Labor: Wage Requirements for Interns in For-Profit Businesses

New York State Department of Labor: Wage Requirements for Interns in Not-for-Profit Businesses

New York State Workers’ Compensation Coverage

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