With back-to-school right around the corner, small businesses can take advantage of the high level of competition amongst student bodies to beef up resumes, network, and gain hands on experience: internships for credit! At first, the whole area of credit might seem like confusing terrain to navigate: university offices, documentation, etc. But we have great news for employers: applying for credit is actually the responsibility of your intern. You might have to fill out some brief forms, but consider it up to them to bring you the forms, provide all the documentation, and just have you review and sign.
Now, every university is different, and some don’t even offer school credit for internship. But we’ve done a little digging at some of the major NYC universities, and we’ve found that certain undergrad majors at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and at the NYU Journalism Institute can receive internships for credit. The same holds true for graduate students from Columbia School of International Public Affairs, which actually requires students to do internships. Barnard and Columbia do not offer academic credit for internships, but if an employer is only offering an internship for credit, some eligible internships can qualify for registration credit (not academic credit) through the career services department.
Feel like you need an advanced degree to figure this all out? We do too.
So here are our suggestions. First, find your ideal candidate (on Urban Interns, of course!). Then, if he/she happens to be attending university or grad school, ask if school credit is an option. Let them do the research. If the answer is yes, keep in mind that your intern will have certain academic goals that they are trying to accomplish throughout the course of working with you. They may have to write a paper, may have to report to a professor. If you genuinely have the time and interest in accommodating these needs, then proceed with the hire. And remember, you can always check in with career services if you have any questions.