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  • Internships for Credit

An internship may be taken for credit under the supervision of a faculty member from your major or minor department.  A credit-bearing internship may carry a stipend.  Some degree programs require internships as part of the degree requirements.  Consult with your academic advisor to determine if an internship is required for your degree program.  Academic departments have various requirements, so it is very important that you contact them BEFORE assuming that you can earn credit for an internship.  You can discuss internship opportunities with both your academic advisor and a career counselor.  Internships for credit involve a full-semester commitment. 

Important note: The Office of Career Development and Internships is not an academic department and is not authorized to award academic credit.  As a Queens College student, it is your responsibility to arrange academic credit through your academic advisor.

  • Internships for Salary

Internships for salary can be compensated in two ways.  The first is payment on an hourly basis.  The wages can vary from internship to internship.  Other internships offer a stipend (single lump-sum payment).  Organizations are increasingly realizing that although some students are motivated by paychecks, many just want income to cover basic necessities.  In response, many traditionally unpaid internships may now come with a one-time stipend to help students defray their costs of living.

  • Unpaid Internships

These internships are neither for credit nor for salary.  While there is no compensation for this type of internship, they are worthwhile for the experience that a student will gain.  This professional experience will contribute positively to a student’s resume.  Remember, even if you are not paid, internships are the fastest way to add luster and experience to your resume. 

By interning, you not only gain professional and valuable experience, but you also gather insight into a particular industry and organizational culture, and establish connections that might lead to a job.

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