Offering an Internship to a Macaulay Student
Learning outside of the classroom is a vital component of the Macaulay Honors College experience.
Macaulay Honors College students make exceptional interns, adding real value while acquiring useful skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Our students are among the best and the brightest in New York. They are selected for the highly competitive Macaulay Honors College Program at CUNY based on their impressive records of academic achievement, leadership potential, and high levels of engagement and motivation. Furthermore, Macaulay’s emphasis on service, global learning, and community engagement—not to mention hard work and commitment— ensures that these interns will be assets to your workplace. They are among the most diverse, multi-cultural, and often multi-lingual candidates you will ever meet.
Macaulay students have already interned with a wide range of dynamic firms and organizations throughout New York—and beyond—including the American Ballet Theatre, JPMorgan Chase, the Federal Reserve, Forbes Media, Maimonides Medical Center, the United Nations, HBO, New York Life Insurance, New York City Council, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Duane Morris. Others have participated in exciting biomedical and other research projects. Given the wide range of academic interests represented by the student body, it is likely that your needs will be matched by the skills, knowledge, and interests of a Macaulay student.
Macaulay Honors College’s Definition of an Internship
To help ensure internships of the highest quality, we work with potential employers to develop opportunities that are carefully monitored, substantive previews of a career or profession with clear learning goals for the student. Such internships incorporate a rigorous selection process; goal setting at the outset; substantive work assignments; and dedicated training, supervision, and evaluation. In return, you can expect the work of the Macaulay Honors College intern to add real value to your enterprise.
Goals and Nature of Work
Just as with your regular staff, performance management practices are key to the success of the internship both for you and the student. You should clearly discuss goals and expectations prior to and at the start of the internship as part of a formal training and orientation process. Dedicated supervisors should continually review performance against those goals. We are happy to guide you in the development of these standards.
While all entry-level positions involve clerical work, you should limit such tasks to 35% of the total workload. Internships are also learning experiences; tasks should be varied, involve decision-making and engage and develop the intern’s abilities.
Value-Added Activities and Experiences
Research shows that the best internship engagements offer experiences beyond the formal internship description.
These have included:
- Dedicated project(s) to work on during down time
- Team projects among interns in the company
- Presentations to staff
- Opportunities to experience the work of other departments
- Participation in staff meetings, workshops or outings
- Increased responsibility as the situation allows
Rigorous Selection Process
Perhaps you already have an internship program in your organization and therefore have developed an internship description. Or maybe you are just now exploring how an intern position might be of help to your enterprise.
Wherever you are in the process, we can help you develop an experience that will be mutually beneficial for you and the intern. Here’s how we can help match you with the right students:
- Assisting in defining or creating an internship description
- Screening résumés
- Interviewing students
- Selecting appropriate candidates to advance
- Guiding candidates into your established application procedure
Policies for Advertising Internships
We currently do not accept part-time or full-time job postings on this site. If you have a job opportunity for a recent graduate, please contact Brianne.Donnelly@mhc.cuny.edu.
Costs to Interns
We will not post positions requiring students to pay special fees, purchase training materials, or participate in multi-level marketing as a preliminary condition of employment.
In addition, employers should provide students with funds to cover any additional expenses related to the internship (e.g. travel to other sites, materials).
Employers must provide students with materials required to complete tasks, including, but not limited to, work space, computer, and phone. An employer's private home usually is not considered appropriate for internships. If students complete work primarily from an outside location, intern and supervisor should meet in person once a week. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions or discuss any arrangements.
Accuracy of Internship Description
Employers must ensure the internship description is an accurate reflection of the duties of an intern. After finding an intern, employers will fill out a Macaulay Honors College Learning Agreement with the student, detailing the start and end date, tasks, learning goals, and salary. Employers will be asked to evaluate the student at the end of the experience to ensure continued growth.
Fall/Spring Semester internships: 10-12 weeks during academic year, 10-20 hours a week.
Any internships that begin during Winter Break must meet the hourly requirements listed above.
Summer internships: Part-time, 6-10 weeks, 15-30 hours a week; Full-time, 6-8 weeks, 31+ hours per week.
Federal laws prohibit job discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay and disability. These guidelines are available from The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, and partnership status. As part of CUNY, Macaulay Honors College also adheres to The City University of New York Non-Discrimination Policy, which "is committed to engendering values and implementing policies that will enhance respect for individuals and their cultures."
Employers will not engage in sexual harassment as prohibited by the Policy Against Sexual Harassment of the City University of New York available here.
Deadlines on Accepting Positions
Employers should allow students at least 24 hours to decide on whether to accept an internship.
Payment for Internships
Employers will pay wages to students as agreed upon and as stipulated by the New York State Department of Labor.
The Test for Unpaid Interns
There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training program may do so without compensation. Please refer to The Fair Labor Standards Act for the six criteria that must be met in order to determine whether an internship meets this exclusion.
After receiving an internship offer, students must arrange to receive academic credit through the relevant academic department at one of the campuses (e.g. Baruch, Brooklyn, City, College of Staten Island, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens).
The Opportunities FundIf students request the Opportunities Fund for an internship, students must fill out the Internship Learning Agreement and Evaluation. Employers are asked to evaluate the student's performance at the end as well.
Students cannot receive both academic credit and the Opportunities Fund.
Concerns with Internship
If there are any issues with the internship that cannot be resolved, please contact email@example.com.
Posting an Internship
Internships can be posted year-round—there is no deadline. However students tend to begin searching for internships 3 months prior to the new semester. Post internship openings as early as possible.
Please review the policies for posting internships above.
Click here to post an internship.
Tips on Building a Strong Internship Program
Michael True, Director of the Internship Program at Messiah College, has developed a guide for employers who want to build or redesign their internship programs. Please click here » to download this guide.
Recruiting Macaulay Honors College Students
Want to publicize a research opportunity?
Macaulay students make the greatest research assistants. If you would like to publicize your research program to Macaulay students please email firstname.lastname@example.org