Internships FAQ

Q. What is an internship?

A. An internship takes place in a professional setting and is a structured, supervsed learning experience. Internships are short-term work experiences with a specified start and stop date. Internships must be monitored by a professional in the field.  By definition, internships are credit-bearing and admistered by SUNY Geneseo. 

Q. Must you do an internship for credit?

A.  Technically no, but we strongly recommend engaging in an internship for credit.  An internship only appears on your transcript if you arrange for it to be a credit-bearing internship. In addition, registering for credit creates a formal agreement between your internship site and SUNY Geneseo, which ensures a certain level of quality.  Without credit, you are either an employee or a volunteer, and volunteers have little to no leverage regarding the value of the experience they encounter.

Q. How do I arrange for an internship to be for credit?

A. Students have the option of receiving departmental credit (juniors and seniors) or receiving credit through the Office of the Dean (INTD 395).  This must be arranged PRIOR to beginning the internship.  In the case of departmental credit, you must fill out a contract that is signed by you, the department granting the credit, and the site of the internship. For more information on receiving credit for internships, please visit the Office of the Dean website. Also, check with your individual department.

Q. Can I complete a summer internship for credit?

A. Yes. However, you will need to make sure that you register prior to the start of the summer session. You will be charged for tuition just as you would for any other summer class.

Q. Can I be paid for an internship?

A. Yes. We receive listings for both paid and unpaid internships. Keep in mind that paid internships tend to be more competitive. Also, certain fields are more likely to advertise paid internships than others.


Q. Must I do an internship locally?

A. No. Internship opportunities can be found world-wide.  For international internships, you should check with the Study Abroad Office

Q. Will I need a resume to apply for internships?

A. Not in every case, but resumes are required more often than not. Please visit the Department of Career Development for help with resume writing.  We have well-trained peer advisors available for resume drafting and review Monday - Friday when classes are in session.  Check out our Peer Career Advisors  for the scheduled times.

Q. When should I look for an internship?

A.   Once you are successfully managing both the academic and social aspects of undergraduate life, you should consider doing an internship. Generally speaking, you should apply for and arrange your internship the semester prior to its completion. (For example, apply for spring internships in the fall). To receive credit for a departmental internship you need to have junior or senior standing.  Students ineligible to receive departmental credit can go through the Office of the Dean and register for INTD 395. 

Q.    Should I apply only for advertised internships?

A.   No!  Often the best internship opportunities are those you create yourself.  Talk with professors, classmates, friends, relatives, or search Geneseo Alumni Career Partners for internship ideas.  If there is an organization for which you'd like to intern, contact them proactively with your resume and cover letter, rather than waiting to see an advertisement. 


Have an internship question not listed here? Email Rob DiCarlo, Associate Director for Internship Opportunities at  Or call us at 585-245-5721 for an appointment. We are happy to get you started on the path to finding an internship!