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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a selection of commonly asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact Emily Carpenter, Director of Internships at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?

An internship is a course that combines pre-professional work experience with targeted academic assignments. All internships earn academic credit. For an internship definition, see the Employer section of the website under "Defining an Internship"

How many internships can I do?

You can earn up to six internship credits at Nazareth College. In general, this translates into two three-credit internships. There are also a few special six-credit internships available.

How many hours do I work in an internship?

Internships that are worth three academic credits require at least 10 consecutive weeks onsite AND a minimum of 120 hours during the semester (eight weeks during the summer). Six credit internships require between 20 and 32 hours work per week to complete a minimum of 240 hours during the semester. All internships last one semester (including summer internships).

Who is eligible to do internships?

Juniors and seniors from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have the approval of their Faculty Advisors are eligible. Keep in mind that some majors require internships, which may have unique eligibility requirements, including a higher grade point average. If you are unsure if your major requires an internship, consult your Faculty Advisor.

Does an internship fit into my major?

YES! Students from virtually every major at Nazareth have completed internships. An internship:

  • Enables you to connect the knowledge and skills you have gained in your coursework with real-world applications.
  • Gives you insights into the dynamics of the field in which you are working.
  • Empowers you to make mature career decisions.

These are valuable lessons for all students to learn. An internship can also provide you with the answer to that age-old question, "What do I do with a major in...?" Finally, if your plans include graduate school, an internship can be helpful. Many graduate schools look for evidence of experience in the field; an internship can provide this experience.

If an internship is a course, do I have to do homework? Do I get a grade?

A three-credit internship requires your attendance at three two-hour internship seminars. For each seminar, you will complete a reflective assignment. The course also requires an informational interview, a semester-end performance evaluation by your site supervisor and an evaluation of transferable academic skills by you. If your internship is outside the greater Rochester area, an additional writing assignment is substituted for the seminars. Six-credit internships have additional writing requirements, which are negotiated between the student and the Program Director. All internships are graded on a pass/fail basis.

How do I secure an internship?

There are two ways to get an internship.

  • First, you can apply for internships on NazLink or through your academic department. These are "pre-approved" internships.
  • The second way is to set up your own internship. See Finding an Internship. You will need a current resume and possibly a portfolio to apply for internships. Career Services can help you to create a resume.

Where are internships located?

Most college-sponsored internships are located in the greater Rochester area. Independent Internships can be wherever you find them-your hometown, a major city, or anywhere in the world. Speaking of the world, it is possible to arrange an internship through the College in one of these places:

  • Washington, D.C., with Washington Internship Institute any time during the year
  • Albany, with either the State Legislature or State Government in the fall or spring semesters
  • Disney World in Orlando, any time during the year
  • Through the Nazareth College study aboard programs, including internship in Rennes, France; Pescara, Italy; Valencia, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and an ever increasing number of exciting locations

Contact the Professional Internship Program Office and The Center for International Education to find out detailed information about these and other opportunities.

Where do I begin?

Start planning to do an internship!

  • Meet with your Faculty Advisor and your Department Internship Coordinator to discuss how and when an internship fits into your academic program.
  • Visit the Professional Internship Program Office to explore your options.
  • Attend an Internship Information meeting, which is held once each semester.
  • Browse through the internship listings on HireAFlyer.
  • Make an appointment with Career Services to evaluate your resume and to enhance your job search skills.

Where is the Professional Internship Program Office?

It is located in Golisano 123 next to the Center for International Education. Emily Carpenter is the Director of Internships. Her contact information is:

Begin your inquiries by stopping by, making a phone call, or sending an email.

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