Internships

New York City is a leading capital of media, business, arts and culture, where professional paths abound. Are you eager to tap into the career and networking opportunities around you? Are you committed to combining the liberal arts with hands-on experience? NYU is your best resource for taking advantage of the professional opportunities in New York City as a student. The university offers students a host of tools to help discover internship opportunities and secure a position. With the the Liberal Studies fieldwork seminar, you can also earn academic credit for your internship.

LS Fieldwork Seminar

To receive academic credit for an internship, you must enroll in the fieldwork seminar, which complements and contextualizes your professional experience at the internship site. The course incorporates academic assignments and industry analysis, as well as classroom discussion and reflection, in tandem with the practical experience gained through the internship.  

During the fall and spring semesters, the fieldwork seminar meets on a weekly or biweekly basis with a dedicated instructor. You may, alternatively, pursue credit for a summer internship with a special format. The summer fieldwork seminar is structured more as an individualized experience directed by a faculty member. Internships are approved for 2 credits during the academic semester or 1-2 credits during summer.

For fieldwork seminar guidelines, procedures, and forms, visit Guidelines.

Sample Internships

LS students have interned at top organizations in many fields, including:

Amnesty International

CBS

CitiBank

Chanel, Inc.

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Deloitte

Environmental Defense Fund

Esquire Magazine

Google

Harper's Bazaar

IBM

NBC

NYC Mayor's Office

Sotheby's

Unicef

United Nations

Wall Street Journal

Internship Resources

Utilize the resources available at NYU to learn more about internship and career prospects. If you have questions, please contact the internship program advisor in Liberal Studies.

NYU Wasserman Center for Career DevelopmentThe Wasserman Center posts internship and job listings, provides workshops and relevant programming, offers career advice and coaching, host career fairs and on-campus recruitment, connects students with alumni and mentors, and counsels students on interviewing skills and professional documents, among other services.

  • CareerNet: Register for an account and use the online database of full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
  • iNet: Search an online database of internships shared by eleven selective universities, including NYU.
  • Internship GrantsApply for $1000 grant for students pursuing unpaid internships within non-profit organizations, arts and creative institutions, education, public service, and other industries.
  • Events and resources: View career development events especially of interest to LS students.

On-Campus Employment OpportunitiesReview eligibility rules and employment guidelines for paid, on-campus jobs for students.

Experiential LearningLearn more about the internship or community placement Global Liberal Studies students are required to complete during junior year.

Practical Training for International Students: Optional or Curricular Practical Training is temporary employment that is directly related to your major field of study. Curricular Practical Training allows you to accept off-campus employment as part of the curriculum of your degree program. Learn more about both employment options for international students from the Office of Global Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to do an internship? Any Liberal Studies student regardless of class status can acquire an internship experience. However, only students in good standing who have reached sophomore status can be approved to receive academic credit.

Where can I complete the internship? Students attending the Washington Square campus interested in gaining internship experience must secure an opportunity with a site located in New York City.

Can I receive academic credit for an internship? Yes, though credit is not a requirement for Liberal Studies. Students can receive academic credit for their internship by successfully completing the fieldwork seminar (FWS-UF 201) in tandem with the internship experience. Both the internship and fieldwork seminar must be completed during the same academic term.

How many credits can I receive? During the fall and spring terms, students receive two (2) credits for successful completion of the fieldwork seminar. This is the standard number of credits for students otherwise taking a full course load (ie, 16 credits). Students taking the fieldwork seminar would therefore be registered for 18 total credits, which is the maximum number allowed within full-time tuition at NYU. Students who might exceed the standard allowance of credits covered with tuition once registered should consult with the internship program advisor in Academic Advising.

Can I get paid for an internship AND receive academic credits? Yes, you can receive academic credit for an internship that also offers financial compensation for your experience. Financial compensation may include salary or wages, which constitutes a paid internship. In contrast, financial compensation limited to reimbursement only for related expenses such as commuting or meals can often still be considered an unpaid internship.

If your internship is paid and you want to receive academic credit, submit the Internship Agreement (Paid) form.  Read the form carefully as it covers important information that you and your internship site must acknowledge before signing and submitting for approval.  If either you or your employer need any clarification about the agreement, or if you have questions about which agreement form to use based on the compensation received, contact the internship program advisor for Liberal Studies.  Academic credit can only be granted to students who have attained sophomore status in Liberal Studies and upon successful completion of the fieldwork seminar (FWS-UF 201).

Will I have to complete the internship during the same dates as the fieldwork seminar? Not necessarily. Although internship dates might be scheduled before or after the formal semester dates the general expectation is that students complete the fieldwork seminar while actively interning. The fieldwork seminar is designed to structure your experience with an academic component that is intentional about your professional growth and reflection while ‘on the job’. If the internship site requires students to begin before the start of the academic term in particular, it would certainly be permitted from the perspective of Liberal Studies. If an employer requires proof of enrollment in a credit-based internship program to begin, however, students must have already been approved and registered for the fieldwork seminar to provide verification. 

The duration of the internship presumably varies, though students are encouraged to arrange internships at least 10-12 weeks during an academic semester, or at least 6-8 weeks during summer session. If you anticipate an internship experience will either begin late or conclude early, please consult with the internship program advisor in Liberal Studies to discuss your schedule.

What if I don’t want to receive academic credit?  How can I still highlight the experience? Receiving academic credit for an internship is optional for students in Liberal Studies. Those students who decide against credit arrangements are encouraged to add the internship experience to their resumes (any additional proof of experience should be obtained directly from the internship site). An individual employer may nonetheless stipulate that academic credit must be earned in order to participate in the internship. For opportunities that require credit, students should complete the full internship process for approval to receive credit through Liberal Studies.

Can I do an internship while I’m studying abroad? It depends. Because local laws and protocols vary at each study away site, students should review Study Away Internships for information specific to their destination country. In many (but not all) global sites, students can pursue for-credit or non-credit internship opportunities. Note: For GLS students though, juniors must register in both Experiential Learning I (EXLI-UF 9301 or 3051) during the fall semester and Experiential Learning II (EXLII-UF 9302 or 3052) during the spring semester, and cannot receive credit for their placement through any other internship program.

A Message for Employers

Are you a New York City employer interested in offering internship opportunities to Liberal Studies students? Please register for an employer account through the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development's NYU CareerNet. Once registered, you will be able to post your available internships and other positions to generate greater traffic and interest. To create or access an employer account, visit NYU CareerNet.

Meet LS Interns

Get to know where LS students have interned.

Name: Husniye Cogur, NYU 2019
Program: 
Core Program
Hometown: 
Little Falls, NJ
Internship:
 Office of New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand
Responsibilities:
 Worked as Constituent Liaison in the Immigration Department; processing documents, fielding case inquiries, and drafting letters for the Senator
Skills gained:
Communication. I had to learn to navigate my words, often in emotional situations, and balance wanting to help with not always being able to guarantee anything.
Advice about interning: 
One thing that was incredibly important for me in getting this internship was reaching out to older students who had already interned. Having them proofread my resume and cover letter or even just give me advice was so incredibly helpful. I cannot emphasize enough how important mentorship is. There are a lot of people out there who are willing to help you.

Name: Nora Kovacs, NYU 2016
Degree: GLS major; Global Visual Arts, French, German minors
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Internship: A.I.R. Gallery
Responsibilities: Oversaw social media, interviewed artists, wrote reviews and articles for website 
Favorite experience: Interviewing artist Catherine Mosely at her printmaking studio, I saw artwork she doesn’t show publicly. I do a lot of printmaking myself, so it was really interesting. 
Advice about interning: Go for it. It’s super important to get that hands-on experience and let it complement your studies. You can get information and access to sources and interactions that you wouldn’t get just going to classes.