Center for Experiential Learning

Internship Information for Employers

List your internship opportunities with SUNY Oswego

What is an internship?

Employer Benefits

Employer Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities


  List your internship opportunities with SUNY Oswego:

You can make your internship opportunities available to our students by selecting the method of submission most convenient for you.  Please feel free to list as many positions as your organization has available.

Please select only one of the following options to submit your internship opportunities:

Click here to submit an Internship Position Description Form online directly to our office.

Sign up for Laker Leads - Laker Leads is SUNY Oswego's web based internship and job opportunity database.  As a member of Laker Leads, you will be able to manage your own internship opportunities through your Laker Leads account.  Collect resumes online, screen applicants, add, edit or delete positions all with our user friendly interface.

Print an Internship Position Description Form


 What is an internship?
An internship is the supervised, paid or unpaid, placement of a student in a business, industry, non-profit agency, governmental unit, or other work setting for a semester or summer for college credits.  Internships are designed to enhance a students' education, broaden their understanding of a career and provide assistance to their internship location.

All internships must be preplanned beginning early in the semester prior to the anticipated experience. For the experience to be of value to the agency or company as well as a learning tool for the student, it is essential that the intern be given meaningful tasks to perform or projects to complete.

The intern must have an approved Learning Agreement with the work site supervisor and a college faculty sponsor.  The student obtains the Learning Agreement from our office.

The amount of academic credit awarded for an internship is determined by the amount of time the student works at the site.  Students are required to work at their internship site 40 hours for each credit to be earned.  For example, a 3 credit internship would require 120 total hours of work at the internship site.

Fall or Spring Semester (2 - 12 credits available)
Summer (1 - 9 credits available)


Employer Benefits:

  1. Assistance for short term projects.
  2. Additional assistance for regular staff.
  3. Help with projects requiring special skills or knowledge (computer, graphics, public relations, etc).
  4. Alerts supervisory staff to new methods and concepts.
  5. Reduces cost of your workforce. (Most internships are voluntary, but a stipend or salary may be paid.)
  6. Allows the supervisor to influence the educational program.
  7. Provides a trial period for possible future employees.
  8. Provides administrators and professionals with a link to the college.


  Employer Responsibilities:

  1. Provide a Position Description Form to the Experience-Based Education Office. Position Description Forms are available at the top of this page and can be submitted via Laker Leads or online.
  2. Interview and select an intern.
  3. Sign the student's learning agreement.
  4. Provide orientation and any necessary training.
  5. Provide meaningful work tasks or projects.
  6. Provide the intern with feedback regarding his/her performance throughout the work experience.
  7. Contact Experience-Based Education if there are any questions or problems concerning the intern.
  8. Complete a final written evaluation of the student's performance on a college provided form.  The evaluation form will be used by the faculty sponsor in determining the student's final grade.


Student Responsibilities:

  1. Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior status, 2.5 GPA.  
  2. Apply to prospective placement sites early in the semester prior to the anticipated internship.
  3. Develop a learning agreement with a college faculty sponsor.
  4. Complete all of the responsibilities as listed on the learning agreement in a timely and professional manner.
  5. Consult with the work site supervisor and faculty sponsor regarding any time conflicts or other problems related to the internship.
  6. Represent SUNY Oswego in a professional manner at your internship and provide valuable and reliable support to your internship site.