Internships for Credit Student FAQ’s
Q. What is an Internship?
- Students work in a professional environment and gain hands-on experience while learning
directly from professionals in their field of study.
- An internship is generally a low-risk way to explore career options that you are considering.
- Internships also allow students to begin building their professional creative community before graduation.
- Internships may be paid (hourly), offer a stipend (lunch/metro card) or unpaid.
Q. Do I meet the requirements for participation in the College’s Internship for Credit program?
- Junior (as of summer before Junior year) or Senior. Graduate Students in participating majors.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
- A senior in your final semester who has completed all required courses for your degree.
- International students must be at SVA for a full academic year before their visa allows them to complete an internship.
- Note that some employers require students earn credit.
Q. How do I secure an internship and enroll in the Internship for Credit program?
- Search for an internship on the SVA Job and Internship Board (www.collegecentral.com/sva); a list of additional Web sites is available through the Office of Career Development; talk with a professor at SVA; or conduct your own research.
- Connect with the Career Development Office (before accepting an internship) to ensure your desired position meets the requirements of our “for credit” program.
- All Internships for Credit paperwork must be turned in by the Internship for Credit registration deadline each semester.
- Intern’s Agreement Forms must be signed in this order: 1) by the student; 2) Employer; 3) Career Development Office; 4) then, by the Academic Advisor by the given deadlines.
Q. How do I successfully pass my Internship for Credit?
- The Internship for Credit course will be graded Pass/Fail.
- If credit is earned, the 3 credit hours count as studio elective credit toward your degree; as with all credit-earning coursework at SVA, the student is responsible for any changes to her tuition or fees.
- Interns must complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship during the semester they are enrolled in the Internship for Credit program.
- Interns must participate in a weekly discussion board on-line to pass the internship course.
- Intern’s attendance records, signed by their internship supervisor, must be turned in by the end of the semester.
Q. Who receives Tuition Waivers?
- Tuition Waivers: If you are taking 15 credits before the internship for credit, and the internship is credit required, then you may request a Tuition Waiver from the Career Development Office.
- If your internship does not require that you earn credit, yet you choose to participate “for credit,” then you will be billed for the additional credits you are earning.
Application for Internship for Credit - Summer 2013
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International Student Information and CPT Form for Internship for Credit - Summer 2013
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Record of Attendance - Internship for Credit - Summer 2013
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- Application for Internship for Credit - Summer 2013