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SVA allows eligible students to receive three (3) studio elective credits for an approved internship. Students may not begin working until their online application has been approved by Career Development and they have been registered for the course. Credit can only be awarded for the semester in which the student interns; it cannot be awarded retroactively. For information on eligibility, requirements, and enrollment steps, see below.

 

SPRING 2020 US/PERMANENT RESIDENT STUDENT DEADLINES:

Wednesday, December 4th: Online application opens on SVA CareerLink 

Monday, January 13th: FIRST day students may work  

Friday, January 17th: Online application closes

Friday, April 17th: All internship coursework due 

Monday, May 4th: LAST day students may work at an internship

SPRING 2020 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DEADLINES:

Wednesday, December 4th: Online application opens on SVA CareerLink 

Saturday, December 12th: Deadline to apply if the student wants to begin work on January 13th

Monday, January 13th: FIRST day students may work  

Friday, January 17th: Online application closes

Friday, April 17th: All internship coursework due 

Monday, May 4th: LAST day students may work at an internship



If you have questions that aren't answered below in the FAQ's section or need further assistance, please contact cd@sva.edu.

Eligibility

Students interested in completing an internship for credit must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Junior or Senior status, or Graduate Student
Cumulative GPA 3.25 or higher


Application Steps

Once you have secured an internship that meets our requirements, log on to CareerLink using your MySVA ID and password. The Internship-for-Credit application is located under “My Account” on the right-hand side. 


FOR US/PERMANENT RESIDENT STUDENTS: 

1. Complete the Internship Application form with your personal AND employer’s information. Your employer will later verify their information.


2. Career Development will review your application and will email you when it has been approved. If there are any problems with your application, we will contact you directly. Please allow 1 week for this process before the start of your internship. 


3. Once approved by Career Development, your employer will review and verify the information you’ve entered, including your work schedule, duties, and employer contact information.


4. Once your employer has approved the application, you and your Academic Advisor will receive an email requesting that your Advisor register you for the internship course.


5. Once your Academic Advisor has registered you, you may begin work.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) gives international students legal authorization to gain employment training such as an internship. International students who wish to work in an internship (either paid or unpaid) must apply to the Internship for Credit Program in order to obtain the necessary CPT (and I-20 form). You are unable to work in the U.S. without participating in the Internship for Credit Program.

1. Your application requires 2-3 weeks from the date you submit your application to when you can begin your internship to allow enough time to process your CPT. For example, If you want to begin working on September 3, you must submit your application by August 16. 

2. When applying on CareerLink, you will be asked to provide a Letter of Hire that your employer completes. We have templates they should follow. This document is NOT the same as your employment offer. 

3. Upon submitting your application, Career Development will process and approve your internship. 

4. Once approved, your employer must approve your application details as well. 

5. Then your advisor has registered you and ISO will begin processing your CPT. Once this is complete, they will reach out to notify you when you can go pick up your new I-20. 


Requirements to Receive Credit

TO RECEIVE CREDIT, YOU MUST:

  • Participate in the weekly online course by contributing to all discussion posts (undergraduates only).
  • Complete a Midterm and a Final Self Evaluation of your internship on CareerLink.
  • Complete 150 hours of work between the first and last days of the semester; track hours on CareerLink.

Internships are graded Pass/Fail.  Failure to complete coursework will result in an F.

FAQs

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. How do I qualify for the Internship for Credit program?

  • Students must be junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • 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 that students earn credit.

Q. How do I find an internship? 

  • Use the SVA online job board (www.collegecentral.com/sva) and other online job boards
  • Tap into your own network (faculty, friends, etc.)
  • Apply directly to employers through their company websites
  • Make a career counseling appointment to discuss your search strategy -- visit svacd.youcanbook.me

Q. How do I successfully pass my Internship for Credit?

  • Participate in the weekly online course by contributing to all discussion posts (undergraduates only).
  • Complete a Midterm and a Final Self Evaluation of your internship on CareerLink.
  • Complete 150 hours of work between the first and last days of the semester; track hours on CareerLink.

Q. Do I have to pay for my internship course credits (3 studio elective credits)?

  • In many cases, students may be issued a Tuition Waiver so they do not have to pay for the three credits. See below to determine if you qualify for a Tuition Waiver.

Q. Who receives Tuition Waivers?

  • Students may receive a waiver for the tuition costs for the internship course under certain circumstances. For questions, contact cd@sva.edu.
  • FALL/SPRING SEMESTERS: To qualify, you must either:
    • 1) Be taking 15 credits before the internship; or
    • 2) Be a part-time graduating senior who does notneed the internship credits to graduate
  • SUMMER SEMESTER: To qualify, you must be returning as a full-time student or a part-time graduating senior in the coming fall semester.

Q. What is the deadline for?

  • The deadline to apply for an internship each semester is the date by which you must SUBMIT your completed online internship application at careerlink.sva.edu. You must have your internship confirmed by then so that you can submit the application for our review. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. 

Q. What happens if I find an internship after the deadline has passed?

  • You will have to wait to do the internship until the following semester.

Q. What if I want to change my internship after I've been approved?

  • Notify Career Development and ISO (if an international student) of the change, and we will remove your old application. Then, you'll need to submit a whole new application for the new internship.

Q. When can I start working at my internship?

  • Students may begin working at their internship ONLY once their application has been approved by Career Development, and their Advisor has registered them for the course.
  • International students may not begin working until they have received their new I-20 from the International Student Office. 
  • Students may not begin working before the first day of classes of the semester in which they plan to receive credit. 

Q. What happens after I submit my online application?

  • Once you submit your online application, Career Development reviews it and approves it. Once we have approved it, your employer is sent a link to also approve it. Once your employer has done so, an automated email goes to you and your advisor, asking your advisor to register you for the course. At that time, U.S. citizens may begin to work; international students must then wait until ISO contacts them to pick up their new I-20. 
  • Once Career Development and your employer have approved your application, your status goes from "PENDING" to "APPROVED" and you can see this on the Internship for Credit Program tab on your CareerLink home page. 

Q. Do I need to contact my advisor or ISO to tell them to take the next step or confirm my information was received?

  • Your advisor and ISO are automatically notified of your status and will take the next step for you. However, if several days have passed, you can follow up with either office to make sure your information was received and is being processed.

Q. What happens if the dates on my Letter of Hire are wrong?

  • If your Letter of Hire does not follow these guidelines, your application will be rejected and you'll have to submit an updated letter. This will delay your approval and registration process, your I-20 processing, and your start date.  
  • Note: your start date must leave 2-3 weeks to process your CPT and it must fall after the start of the semester. 

Q. Can I get credit for my internship a semester after I've completed the work?

  • No; credit cannot be awarded retroactively. You can only receive credit during the semester in which you completed the internship, and only then if the internship was previously approved by Career Development. 

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