Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE)
The benefits of an internship include:
Where have New College students interned? Some internship sites include:
Step 1: Schedule an appointment on Handshake with a career coach in the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) to explore options and create an internship search plan (i.e. Internships General Info or Internship Searching);
Step 2: Utilize the CEO to create competitive application materials and prepare for upcoming interviews (i.e. Resume/CV Writing or Review, Cover Letter Writing or Review, Mock Interview Session, Job/Internship Offer Evaluation & Salary Negotiation, etc.);
Step 3: Meet with your Faculty Advisor to discuss the possibility of adding an internship to your contract if you wish to receive academic credit.
The CEO has a Job & Internship Searching Checklist to help you utilize several search strategies during your internship search. Meet with a career coach to learn more.
Step 1: Once you have secured an internship, submit your experience in Handshake to be approved by your internship site supervisor and faculty sponsor;
Watch this short video for step-by-step instructions
Step 2: Add the internship as a tutorial on your e-contract, select internship as the objective, and submit to the Office of the Registrar for approval.
NEW FOR SUMMER 2021
Summer Internship/REU: ISP Course Information & Registration Form
Registration is now open until June 4, 2021.
The CEO offers a summer ISP course for internships and research experiences. This course is for students who have secured a summer internship or research experience/REU and wish to record it on their academic transcript.
Two sections of the summer ISP course are available:
SECTION 1: 1 unit of credit to FULFILL an ISP requirement WITH tuition and fees
SECTION 2: No-credit with NO tuition and fees, and DOES NOT fulfill ISP requirement.
Upon satisfactory completion of the summer ISP course, the internship/REU will be documented on a student’s academic transcript.
Financial aid is not available over the summer. Students will also need to report their summer internship/REU in Handshake in addition to registering for the summer ISP course.
Other Options to Earn Credit for Your Summer Internship or REU
Option 1: Submit the Summer Independent Study Description form to the Office of the Registrar and follow the steps to report/register your internship detailed above. A Summer ISP can be fulfilled only through transferable credit from an accredited college or university, with completion at that host institution of 4 or more semester credit hours (or 6 or more quarter credit hours) with grade(s) of C or higher (or the equivalent).
Option 2: Submit the Petition for Preliminary Approval of Transfer Credit form to the Office of the Registrar and follow the steps to report/register your internship detailed above. This will transfer the course as a regular course (not an ISP) on your transcript. The transfer course must be from a regionally accredited college or university and completed with a grade of “C” or higher (or the equivalent).
Refer to the Off-Campus Study/Study Abroad website for more information about summer programs and internships abroad.
The NCF Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity has partnered with the Parker Dewey platform to offer a new resource for students to search and apply for short-term, paid, professional projects (many of them offered as remote). Build and demonstrate your skills while also exploring a variety of career paths and expanding your professional connections!
Career Conversations November 2, 2020
Internships 101: Led by Student Career Assistant, Madi Markham, with CEO Assistant Directors, Maddie Tympanick and Duane Smith
Get all of your questions answered! Learn about the importance of internships, how to find them (and similar opportunities), and how to apply. This discussion will be led by Student Career Assistant, Madi Markham, and will include CEO Assistant Director and Career Coach, Madeline (Maddie) Tympanick, and CEO Director of Prestigious Fellowships, Duane Smith, to talk about internships and experiential learning opportunities for students.
Career Conversations February 4, 2021
Summer Internships and Opportunities: Led by Student Career Assistant, Cooper Smalley, with CEO Assistant Director, Maddie Tympanick, and Internship & Employer Relations Assistant, Jacob Silverman
Internships are a form of experiential learning and a high-impact practice that educational research suggests increase rates of student retention and student engagement. Join us to learn about the different ways to find internships, the pros and cons of summer internships, how to get ISP or class credit from them, and more. “Career Conversations” is an event series at the CEO that serves as an informal gateway discussion to help students meet their career and life goals.
Students in need of accommodations for a documented disability should work with Student Disability Services and inform the internship site supervisor. Students can work with their career coach to prepare for and feel comfortable navigating this disclosure with their internship supervisor. Students can schedule a “Bacc Exam, Elevator Pitch, or Introduction Practice” 30-minute appointment by going to Handshake on the myNCF App Gateway.
In the workplace, employers will provide reasonable accommodation that is equitable, but may not be equal as per ADA requirements. Reasonable accommodations include such actions as providing accessible furniture, new devices, interpreters, and modifying work schedules. Accommodations can only be made if the intern informs the internship supervisor of the need in a timely manner.
Refer to the CEO Internships website for more information about internship searching, reporting and registering a for-credit internship, and more.
The Cross College Alliance (CCA) developed a checklist to help employers either build a new high-quality internship program or assess their current internship program and identify areas of growth. This checklist includes best practices for developing an internship position description, internship project(s) and deliverable(s), and supervision.
The National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) also provides an article on internship best practices. Click on the link below.
With the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations are having to alter their mode of work to a remote or work-from-home scenario. Employers can use this list of resources to help in developing and managing a virtual internship program.
New College of Florida (NCF) is sponsoring a select number of nonprofit (charitable 501(c)(3) and social welfare 501(c)(4)) organizations and government agencies in Sarasota and Manatee counties to fund internships with project(s) focused in the arts and humanities to meet community needs, allow for increased student access to paid internships, and bolster local resources. The Sarasota-Manatee Arts & Humanities (SMAH) Internship Program in collaboration with outstanding nonprofit (charitable 501(c)(3) and social welfare 501(c)(4)) organizations and government agencies will provide students with high-quality, experiential learning internships funded by the New College of Florida through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. The program will also meet the goals of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant by supporting community-driven projects, and strengthening community outreach and engagement.
In order to offer exceptional learning opportunities to students, the NCF’s Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity (CEO) invites organizations to submit an internship proposal for the 2021-2022 academic year. Internship proposals will be selected by a committee based on quality of the experiential learning opportunity and alignment with the goals and purpose of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
SMAH Internship Program Projects: Internship project(s) should promote the intern’s opportunity for experiential learning and career exploration by allowing for the application of theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to real work assignments in a professional setting. Proposed internships can include, but are not limited to, project(s) focused on ancient and modern languages, culture, history, anthropology/archeology, philosophy, English literature, education, religion, creative writing, media and journalism, non-profit work, public relations, fine art and art history, arts management, and visual and performing arts such as music, dance, and theater. Internship project(s) should be of value to the host organization and the Sarasota-Manatee community.
Proposals for a Fall 2021 (late-August to early-December) SMAH internship should be submitted by 8:00am on Monday, April 26, 2021. Proposals for a Spring 2022 (early-February to mid-May) SMAH internship should be submitted by 8:00am on Monday, August 23, 2021. Submit an internship proposal here: https://tinyurl.com/SMAHInternProposal
For Additional Information or Questions: Please contact Maddie Tympanick, Assistant Director & Career Coach, Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity, firstname.lastname@example.org; 941-487-5002.
CareerEdge offers a first-of-its-kind internship program that helps students obtain the necessary skills required to succeed in today’s work environment, and it offers them supplemental income while they are enrolled in higher education institutions or if they have recently graduated. In addition, the program provides financial incentives for local employers to utilize interns in high demand industries in order to meet their workforce needs.
Funding will be awarded through grants offered by CareerEdge for Sarasota Chamber members once the internship experience is approved, satisfactory and completed, all feedback forms have been received, and proof of wages are submitted.
The NCF Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity has partnered with the Parker Dewey platform to offer a new resource for our employer partners to recruit top-talent from New College by posting short-term, paid, professional projects. Expand your recruiting pool, improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts, and receive immediate help on projects!
Stand-alone internships can be offered directly from the organization and advertised through our career management platform, Handshake. For-credit internships (12 hrs/wk for a full unit or 6 hrs/wk for a half unit) would require approval and a midpoint and final evaluation of the student learning.
Independent Study Project:
An ISP is a month-long period during January where students can complete individual projects and some choose to pursue a short-term internship experience (approx. 40 hrs/wk). Faculty can also offer an ISP for a small group of students that can include a community-based project in partnership with an organization. If you have a project in mind, this would be the perfect time to work with one of our students or collaborate with a faculty member for a group ISP.
Micro-internships are short-term (typically 5-40 hours of work total), paid, professional projects that you can promote through the Parker-Dewey Micro-Internship site. If you need some immediate help on a short-term project, offering a micro-internship is a great option.
For a course-integrated internship, you can partner with a faculty member to integrate a project into the course curriculum (typically 6 hrs/wk). We can help to connect you to faculty that have relevant courses or research.
Data Science Graduate Program:
Graduate students in the data science masters program are required to do a full-time internship in the summer between their first and second year in the program. Second-year graduate students do a full-time practicum (internship or job) in their final term (January – May). For information on the Master of Science in Data Science program, visit
Help Students Report and Register a For-Credit Internship:
Step 1: Once your student has secured an internship, they should submit the experience in Handshake to be approved by the internship site supervisor and you, as the faculty sponsor;
Instructions for Faculty Sponsors
Step 2: Add the internship as a tutorial on your student’s e-contract, select internship as the objective, and submit to the Office of the Registrar for approval.
If you are interested in integrating an internship component (typically 6 hrs/wk as part of a full unit) into your course, the CEO can help! We can connect you with relevant organizations and assist with course content to prepare students for their experiential learning. Reach out to Maddie Typmanick at email@example.com to schedule a consultation.
Read about how a first-year student landed a 2,200-word byline article as a part of their internship for the Writing with Communities and Nonprofits course.
Teaching Tuesdays October 27, 2020
Internships: A High-Impact Educational Practice–Tarron Khemraj, Madeline Tympanick, Jennifer Wells, and Sherry Yu
Internships are a form of experiential learning and a high-impact practice that educational research suggests increase rates of student retention and student engagement. Learn about ways to integrate internships into curriculum in coordination with the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO). Faculty colleagues will share models that they have used. Drs. Sherry Yu and Tarron Khemraj will highlight the new Economics professional field experience internship as an alternative to the thesis project. Dr. Jenn Wells will highlight the Writing with Communities and Nonprofits course that integrates an internship component. Assistant Director & Career Coach for the CEO Maddie Tympanick will dispel internship myths and share best practices for faculty sponsors of for-credit internships. Come to this session to find out how to work with the CEO to incorporate internships into your own classes.