Center for Experiential Learning

Internship Information for Employers

List your internship or co-op opportunities with SUNY Oswego

What is an internship?

What is a co-op?

The U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act

Employer Benefits

Employer Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

College Responsibilities

List your internship or co-op opportunities with SUNY Oswego

You can make your internship and co-op 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 opportunities  (by submitting your opportunities you agree that you understand and will adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act):

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

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

Print a Position Description Form  to submit my mail or fax


 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 U.S. Department of Labor has standards that organizations must follow when hiring student interns, you can view their standards here:  The U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act

The intern must submit an Internship Application to our office by the semester deadline, followed by a learning agreement to be completed with the internship site supervisor and a college faculty sponsor and academic advisor.  The student obtains the application and learning agreement from our web site.

The amount of academic credit awarded for an internship is determined by the amount of time the student works at the site.  Students must be enrolled for internship credit during the time the internship hours are worked.  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.  View the work hours to academic credit chart.

Fall or Spring Semester: 1 - 12 credits are available

Summer:  1 - 12 credits are available

Winter Session:  1 - 3 credits are available

What is a co-op?

A co-op is an educational program where students can get hands-on experience in their field of study through working in a professional environment.  In co-op, students enter a partnership with the school and an employer to gain practical experience relevant to their major. It is full-time, paid employment that lasts as long as six months. Because co-op is a non-credit bearing educational program, students do not pay tuition for this program.

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. Allows the supervisor to influence the educational program.
  6. Provides a trial period for possible future employees.
  7. Provides administrators and professionals with a link to the college.


Employer Responsibilities

  1. Provide the Center for Experiential Learning with a detailed postion description.
  2. Interview and select a student.
  3. Sign the student's learning agreement and support the learning progression of the student.
  4. Provide orientation and any necessary training.
  5. Provide a safe work environment and introduce student to facilities.
  6. Adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act.
  7. Designate a site supervisor to explain company expectations and responsibilities and assist with learning objectives, confer regularly with the student and monitor progress.
  8. Provide adequate supervision and training for the student as well as assignments that are career related, progressive and challenging.
  9. Provide the student with feedback regarding his/her performance throughout the work experience.
  10. Contact the Center for Experiential Learning if there are any questions or problems concerning the student, for example, a change in work status, schedule or performance.
  11. Allow a representative of SUNY Oswego to visit the work site to confer with the student and his/her supervisor.
  12. 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 experience.
  3. Submit an internship application to the Center for Experiential Learning - for co-ops, students need to visit our office.
  4. Develop a learning agreement with a college faculty sponsor.
  5. Complete all of the responsibilities listed on the learning agreement in a timely and professional manner.
  6. Consult with the work site supervisor and faculty sponsor regarding any time conflicts or other problems related to the internship.
  7. Represent SUNY Oswego in a professional manner at your internship and provide valuable and reliable support to your internship site.

College Responsibilities:

Certify the student's academic eligibility to participate in an experiential learning program.

Encourage the student's contribution to the goals of the employer.

Designate a faculty sponsor to advise the student.

Confer with employer personnel concerning job performance issues.

Evaluate student's progress during on-site visits.

Confer a final grade based on final evaluation from employer.

Maintain the confidentiality of any information designated by the employer as confidential.

Notify the employer of any change in the students eligibility, status or field of study.

Enforce any additional rules or practices that are mutually agreed upon between the college and employer.

Ensure students are aware of the Code of Student's Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct in SUNY Oswego's Student Handbook and should ahere to those guidelines.