Internship Information for Employers
- Offer your internship or co-op opportunities to SUNY Oswego students
- 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
SUNY Oswego uses an online system called The Experience Network for posting experiential learning opportunities to our students. Powered by CSO Research, our system allows you to make internship and co-op opportunities available to our students quickly and easily. You can create an Experience Network account and complete a simple one page form to submit your opportunities to our office. Please feel free to list as many positions as your organization has available.
Get Started with the Experience Network
Click and bookmark the Employer Log In Page
New Users - Registration: If you are not a current user, click on “Click here to Register!” and follow the directions on that page.
• Search for and select your Organization; if you can’t find your organization click on "Can’t Find Your Organization" and you will be able to enter your organization information.
• Complete all sections. Required * fields are marked with an asterisk.
• Click on the Register button.
• To post a position, follow the Steps below To Create a New Position.
NOTE: Once you have registered and if you posted a job, both your account and job will be in pending status. An administrator will review both your account and job. If your registration is approved, you will receive an email notification.
• Enter your Username and Password.
• Click on Login.
To Create a New Position:
• Once logged in, click on "My Positions" to post a new position or access existing positions. For a new position, enter the position information. Fields with an * are required information. Fill out as much information as possible to make the posting complete. In the field, “Application Instructions,” enter the procedures you would like students to use to apply. Click on SAVE to update this information.
(Please note that by submitting your opportunities you agree that you understand and will adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act):
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.
The purpose of an internship is for the student to gain real-world experience and to network with professionals. Therefore, students that receive academic credit for an internship may not be supervised by other students, family members or themselves.
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, the intern must receive 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 them under 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 website.
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 three-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: one to 12 credits are available
- Summer: one to 12 credits are available
- Winter Session: one to three credits are available
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.
- Assistance for short-term projects.
- Additional assistance for regular staff.
- Help with projects requiring special skills or knowledge (computer, graphics, public relations, etc).
- Alerts supervisory staff to new methods and concepts.
- Allows the supervisor to influence the educational program.
- Provides a trial period for possible future employees.
- Provides administrators and professionals with a link to the college.
- Provide the Center for Experiential Learning with a detailed position description.
- Interview and select a student.
- Sign the student's learning agreement and support the learning progression of the student.
- Provide orientation and any necessary training.
- Provide a safe work environment and introduce student to facilities.
- Adhere to the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act.
- Designate a site supervisor to explain company expectations and responsibilities and assist with learning objectives, confer regularly with the student and monitor progress.
- Provide adequate supervision and training for the student as well as assignments that are career-related, progressive and challenging.
- Provide the student with feedback regarding his/her performance throughout the work experience.
- 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.
- Allow a representative of SUNY Oswego to visit the work site to confer with the student and his/her supervisor.
- 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.
- Prerequisites: junior or senior status, 2.5 or higher GPA.
- Apply to prospective placement sites early in the semester prior to the anticipated experience.
- Submit an internship application to the Center for Experiential Learning - for Co-ops, students need to visit our office.
- Develop a learning agreement with a college faculty sponsor.
- Complete all of the responsibilities listed on the learning agreement in a timely and professional manner.
- Consult with the work-site supervisor and faculty sponsor regarding any time conflicts or other problems related to the internship.
- Represent SUNY Oswego in a professional manner at your internship and provide valuable and reliable support to your internship site.
- 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 student's 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 adhere to those guidelines.