Internship Credit

Registering

You must register for internship credit prior to the Drop/Add deadline of each semester. The Summer 2016 deadline is Monday, July 11th, 5pm and the Fall 2016 deadline is Monday, September 19th, 5pm. Both graduate and undergraduate students can register for either a two credit internship (section 001) or a four credit internship (section 002). Graduate students may also register for 1 or 3 credits both with the same respective work hour and class-work requirement. Please see below for minimum required hours.

Credit to Hours Worked Ratio
2 credits = 90 hours worked
4 credits = 180 hours worked

To enroll in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication's internship course (Undergraduate MCC-UE 1100) or Graduate (MCC-GE 2235) titled Internship, please do the following, in order:

Step One
Determine if you are eligible to intern for credit. And if so, how many credits you would like to take towards the internship. See the eligibility requirements.

Step Two
Find an internship. You can do so by using any and all resources available to you including, NYU Wasserman's CareerNet and MCC's own Internship Database. Read our career search advice.

Step Three
Once you have received and accepted an offer, registering for an internship will require that you complete both the Internship Registration Form online and the Internship Agreement Form. The Internship Agreement Form requires an original signature from your employer; ideally you should meet with the internship coordinator in person to complete the form together. It is designed to create an opportunity for you and your employer to discuss goals for the internship and facilitate a clear line of communication in terms of expectations.

Providing Proof of Internship Registration to Your Employer
Occasionally, employers will request that students obtain a letter from the University verifying that the student's internship is registered for credit. There are three types of letters typically requested:

Eligibility Letter
This letter states that you are eligible to receive credit for an internship. A student may present this letter to their internship host before they are registered if they meet the department's eligibility requirements. If you know the company requires that you receive credit, you may want to bring a copy of this letter to your interview. You can request an "Eligibility Letter" during office hours at the front desk of our department. MCC is located on the 8th floor of the East Building at 239 Greene Street.

Credit Confirmation Letter
Once you are registered for the internship, you may be required to provide proof that your internship is officially registered with New York University. To request this letter, please send an email to comm.advisors@nyu.edu and include the name of your employer, the contact person to whom the letter should be addressed, and the fax number or e-mail of your employer. This letter can usually be sent within one business day.

Sponsorship Letter
This letter can be used by any MCC student (regardless of class standing) for an employer who can accept a letter of sponsorship or acknowledgement of your internship. The letter verifies that you are a student in our department and that you have informed the school of your internship. The letter also confirms that the internship is relevant to your academic goals and that the school supports your internship. It does not state that you are registered for academic credit.  Some, but not all, companies can accept a sponsorship letter in lieu of a credit confirmation letter. 

Internship Evaluation Standards

There are three components to earning an internship grade:

  1. The Discussion Groups: Each student will be assigned Discussion topics in which they will analyze different aspects of their internship through the lens of an MCC student (60% of your grade).

  2. The mandatory introductory workshop: the instructor will review the required discussion and all pertinent information (10% of your grade).

  3. The Supervisor Evaluation Form & Internship Evaluation Form: these forms should be turned in at the end of the semester (30% of your grade). Please plan ahead in order to give your supervisor time to fill this out. This form can be downloaded from the forms link at the left-hand side of this page.