Internships & Externships
Internships come in all shapes and sizes. They can help clarify your career goals, develop valuable connections, and teach or help to hone valuable skills. With a focus on helping you to identify experiences that align with your intellectual and professional goals, Beyond Barnard encourages you to connect with our resources early in your search for internships.
Schedule a meeting in Handshake.
Consult with us about:
- How to find internships (including how to use Handshake to identify opportunities)
- Identifying funding to support an unpaid internship, including through the Beyond Barnard Internship Program
- Best practices for application documents (resume, cover letter, writing samples, etc.)
- Interview preparation
- Networking as a means of identifying potential internships
- How to make the most of your internship experience and take the next step
- Policies and procedures related to pursuing academic credit for internships
If you have questions about applying for jobs and internships with the help of Beyond Barnard, please email us at email@example.com.
Internships at Beyond Barnard
Internships often an invaluable step toward focusing career goals and preparing for life after college. Barnard's location in New York City provides a distinctive advantage for students looking to intern during the academic year, given the proximity to an enormous supply of non-profit, corporate, and governmental organizations.
Through internships, students gain work experience and develop skills and an understanding of different work cultures. Students also develop valuable contacts or mentors from internships and possibly obtain offers of full-time employment upon graduation. When applying for full-time positions, employers often expect students to have gained experience from internships, part-time jobs, and campus activities. In addition, there are certain fields where it is essential to gain hands-on experience in order to be competitive for future full-time employment opportunities.
Please read more about the Beyond Barnard Internship Program, which provides funding to offset the cost of unpaid internships. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beyond Barnard Internship Program represents the successful collaboration of Beyond Barnard and alumnae, individual, and foundation donors interested in advancing and support of undergraduate women.
Students involved in unpaid internships are eligible to apply for grants in the fall, spring, and summer. Some grants are open only to students pursuing internships in specific fields (i.e., public service, science, or the arts); others are more general in scope regardless of the applicant’s career interest or major. Students apply to the program and will be considered for all grants for which they meet the eligibility requirements. Students may apply for an Internship Grant Award every semester. Awards are based on funding availability. College-subsidized summer housing may be available to summer internship grantees. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Grantees may only receive one grant per semester or summer period.
We always encourage students to consult with Beyond Barnard before pursuing an internship. We can help you apply for opportunities, identify paid positions that might get you the experience you need, or help you find funding that can offset the cost of taking an unpaid internship. The earlier you speak with an advisor, the more we can do to partner with you in your search. Schedule time in Handshake, visit during walk-in hours, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When an Employer Says they Require Credit for an Unpaid Internship
The College does not offer academic credit for internships. In all cases, we encourage students to work with Beyond Barnard to identify internships that align with your academic and professional goals, and that fairly compensate you for your work. In partnership with the Dean of Studies Office, students can petition to receive academic credit for an independent study.
Please address any questions about pursuing an independent study to Beyond Barnard and the Dean of Studies Office.
If your internship is unpaid, you should be familiar with the U.S. guidelines regarding unpaid internships for for-profit entities. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, interns are entitled to receive at least minimum wage unless the position may be categorized as a Trainee/Learner position. The U.S. Department of Labor has established a six-part test for “for-profit” organizations to determine whether a position qualifies as a Trainee/Learner position and may be unpaid.
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
Again, please feel free to address questions to email@example.com.
Externships at Beyond Barnard
An externship is a short-term opportunity to shadow an individual at their place of work. An externship gives students a brief glimpse into the everyday life of employees in an industry.
Each semester, Beyond Barnard facilitates opportunities for students to complete externships hosted by alumnae in New York City. Application deadlines and additional information are released in Handshake.