Undergraduate students wishing to earn academic credit for an internship register an Internship (4497) course, and in some cases a Capstone (3997) course. The 4497 course codes exist for all academic departments. Registering an internship for credit formally connects classroom and workplace learning to enhance both experiences.
Students must register an Internship course in the major or minor area of study, with one possible interdisciplinary Internship course. F-1 International students may only register in their major. Students may apply up to 9 credits of Internship to the degree.
Internship courses must be overseen by an Internship Course Instructor (ICI). This is a full-time professor (adjuncts may act as ICIs with Department Chair approval) who will act as the professor for the Internship course, assign academic work, and provide a grade at the end. Some departments formally or informally pre-select the faculty member who serves as the ICI; in all others, the student asks a professor of their choosing, who must agree to act as the ICI.
Internship courses may only be registered concurrently with the internship; in the same semester the internship is completed.
The Internship Coordinator in the CCD serves as a partner to the academic departments, faculty, employer and Registrar to facilitate the registration of credit bearing internships. The CCD also administers internship evaluations to students and employers, and serves as a mediator when concerns arise between the student and employer/supervisor the internship. The CCD is not involved with course assignments or grading.
In order to be eligible to register an internship for credit, students must:
Have completed 30 credits of coursework
Have declared their major
Be a matriculated student
On an individual basis, departments may opt to impose additional requirements for Internship courses, such as pre-requisite or co-requisite courses, or minimum GPAs. Departments that set additional requirements, as well as any additional Internship course policies, are asked to provide that information to the CCD to assist with efficient advising and registration.
When Credit is Required
In some circumstances, students require credit for an internship. They still must meet eligibility requirements to do so. Situations that apply include:
International students on an F-1 Visa are required by Manhattanville College to register any internship for credit to comply with government regulations (verification of visa status and internship requirements can be made through OISS or CCD).
Employer requirements: some companies, typically large corporations, require that their interns receive credit in order to comply with Department of Labor guidelines (and avoid lawsuits).
Major requirements: some Manhattanville majors require a credit-bearing internship to fulfill requirements, or offer a credit-bearing internship as one possibility to fulfill a requirement such as capstone or field experience.
Program requirements: Some programs, such as the Castle Scholars Honors Program, offer a credit-bearing internship as one option to fulfill requirements.
Outside these situations, students may opt to register for credit to fulfill a major or minor elective (if available in the department), complete liberal arts credits (only applicable in certain departments), or to complete elective credits toward their degree.
Find an Internship Course Instructor
Students must secure an Internship Course Instructor (formally known as faculty advisor) from their intended internship department. Internship Course Instructors will sign off on the internship, advise the student during the Internship course, and submit a grade for the course. Not every professor is authorized to be an Internship Course Instructor, and some departments pre-select Internship Course Instructor for students. Contact the CCD or your major department if you need assistance in obtaining a Faculty Internship Advisor.
Internship Credit Approval Workflow
The deadline to register an internship is the Add/Drop deadline set by the Registrar for the given semester. Extensions to register past the Add/Drop deadline may be granted, within reason, on an individual basis. Contact the CCD for information.
Summer Session Internships
Because credit-bearing Internships are registered as courses through the Registrar’s office, students must pay per-credit tuition if they wish to receive credit for their Summer Internship. Contact the Registrar’s office or Student Accounts for pricing details.
Summer Session Internship courses are registered in Summer I with a deadline in early July (consult the Academic Calendar to verify Add/Drop deadlines for specific summers). Students who receive offers after that deadline should consult the CCD. Summer Internship Course registration is subject to faculty availability. Check with your department as early as possible to ensure that an Internship Course Instructor is available for summer.
During the semester of the internship, students must work a minimum 40 hours per credit earned.
Please make sure you are on track to fulfill this hour requirement: