Internship FAQs

Q. What is an internship?

An internship takes place in a professional setting and is a structured, supervised 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 administered by SUNY Geneseo.

Q. Must you do an internship for credit?

Technically no, but we strongly recommend engaging in an internship for credit. All departmental and INTD internships will appear on your transcript, as well as the 0-credit option. 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?

Students have the option of receiving departmental credit (XXXX 395) or interdepartmental credit (INTD 395). After securing an internship, the student should check with their department chair to confirm if the department will be able to support the internship. In either case the next step would be to sign-in to Internship Registration System and click on the “Online Internship Agreement” tab. If the department has agreed to support the internship through their 395 course, the student should select that as the source of credit (if not choose INTD 395, or 0-credit). Before filling out the job description and learning objectives on the form, discuss them with the internship supervisor. For more instructions on filling out the credit application, please click here, or view this YouTube tutorial.

Q. Can I complete a summer internship for credit?

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?

Yes. You can be paid and receive credit for an internship.

Q. Must I do an internship locally?

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?

Not in every case, but resumes are required more often than not, and are usually accompanied by a cover letter. Please visit the Career Development resume page for help with resume writing. We have well-trained career mentors available for resume drafting and review Monday - Friday when classes are in session. Check out our home page for drop-in hours.

Q. When should I look for an internship?

Once you are successfully managing both the academic and social aspects of undergraduate life, you should consider doing an internship. Also consider searching for an internship when you are looking to explore other career options, or want to confirm your current career interests. Remember that an internship is work and may take up a large portion of your schedule. Search for internships on our internship page or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for more help. Generally speaking, you should apply for and arrange your internship a semester in advance. 

Q. Should I apply only for advertised internships?

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

More Questions?

Have an internship question not listed here? Email Rob DiCarlo, Associate Director for Internship Opportunities at, or Michelle Margeson, Secretary/ Internship Assistant 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!