Internship Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?

An internship is pre-professional work experience related to your major and career goals. An internship enables you to connect the knowledge and skills you have gained in your coursework with real world applications. Internships provide insights into the dynamics of the field in which you are working, foster the development of professional skills and allow you to explore personal interests.

When can I do my internship?

Typically, students complete an internship in their junior year, the summer before senior year or during senior year.

Where are internships located?

Most college-sponsored internships are located in the Capital District area. Students typically attend Sage as a full-time student and work part-time at their internship location. There are numerous non-local internship opportunities throughout the US and worldwide.

How much time do I spend working at an internship site? How many hours are required?

This depends on degree level and major. Please check with your Faculty Advisor regarding internship policies for your major.

Who is eligible to do an internship?

To determine your eligibility and to learn about the internship requirements for your major, please speak to your department or faculty advisor.  Information about internship requirements can also be found in the online College Catalog.

Are there paid internships available?

Sometimes college interns are paid, but most are unpaid. Students are eligible to be paid and receive college credit.

How many internships can I do?

It is highly recommended that you complete at least 2 internships to be competitive or stand out as a candidate in today’s job market. As a bachelor degree student, you can earn up to 15 internship credits depending on your major. Most internship courses offer 3 credit hours.

If an internship is a course, do I have to do homework? Take tests? Do I get a real grade?
The internship is a fully graded academic course. Each department has different academic requirements for its students. You may be required to keep a journal or daily log, prepare a portfolio, give a presentation, complete a substantial project and/or write a research paper.

Can I do my internship at my current job?

Students may do an internship at their job site only if they can negotiate 3-5 new learning objectives (i.e., a new project or job where they will learn new professional skills). Please note: it is usually in the student's best interest to explore other organizations and make new contacts. Again, students must receive the approval of their department and Faculty Advisor. You must have support of your workplace supervisor and faculty advisor.

Now that I have read this, what do I do?

Start planning now. Consult with your Faculty Advisor to discuss how and when an internship fits into your major. Visit the Career Planning office early and frequently to explore your options. Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to evaluate your resume and to discuss effective internship job search skills.