Public Engagement


  • Undergraduates matriculated in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students can earn non-liberal arts credits for internships arranged through the Program Office. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least 12 credits in residence at The New School and be in good academic standing. A student can register for up to two internships as part of his or her program of study in the Bachelor's Program. Internships are set up as courses; they normally carry three credits and are completed in one academic term. The student must work 10 to 12 hours per week for 12 to 15 weeks to earn three credits.

    Application Process

    Completed applications must be received by the director of Academic Affairs at least one week before the start of the semester in which the internship will take place. Any student interested in earning credits for an internship should discuss this option with their core faculty advisor and then meet with Tracyann Williams, director of Academic Affairs, to discuss how an internship will contribute to his or her program of study and professional goals. The student should provide documentation about the organization hosting the internship and a brief job description. If the proposed internship meets the requirements, the student will be given the Contract for Internship, to be completed by the student and the organization.

    The contract must be signed and returned along with a detailed description of the intern's responsibilities provided by the organization or the on-site supervisor on organization letterhead. This description must specify

    • The number of hours the intern is expected to work
    • The period of time covered by the internship
    • The name, title, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the on-site supervisor

    The detailed job description and the completed contract form must be submitted for approval to Tracyann Williams, accompanied by the student's written explanation of the value of the internship to the student's course of study at The New School. These steps must be completed before or during the registration period of the academic term for which the internship is proposed. Students must not begin working at an internship before obtaining approval from the director of Academic Affairs.

    Once the paperwork has been received and final approval given, the registrar will be instructed to set up the internship as a course, and the student can register for the internship credits. Tuition for internships is charged per credit at the same rate as the student's other courses in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Internships are subject to the same add and drop deadlines as other courses.


    Upon completion of an internship, the student submits a written report (4-7 pages) to Tracyann Williams, the director of Academic Affairs, describing the internship experience. The on-site supervisor must complete a brief evaluation form, provided by The New School, and return it separately to the director. Upon receipt of both the reports and evaluation, a grade of P (Pass; credits are awarded) or U (Unsatisfactory; no credit is awarded) will be reported.