Handshake is the Career Center's comprehensive online database for ALL types of experiential learning opportunities: campus jobs, other part- and full-time jobs, service projects, volunteer service positions, and paid, for-credit, and volunteer internships. In Handshake, students can post their resumes, access thousands of employers, sign up to attend Career Center events, meet hundreds of Stony Brook alumni and friends through the Career Advisors Network, view sample resumes and cover letters, and more!
Students can log in with NetID and password at stonybrook.joinhandshake.com. Handshake is also available as an iPhone app (Android version coming soon!)
Internships for Academic Credit
The Career Center’s EXT Internship Program is open to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Health Technology & Management, School of Journalism, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Sustainability Programs, and Undergraduate Colleges, enrolled at Stony Brook Manhattan, Stony Brook Southampton and the main Stony Brook campus.
An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection based on pre-determined learning objectives.
Internships allow students to test career intentions, to improve intellectual skills in writing, quantitative analysis, research, and administration; to increase understanding of social, political, and economic forces; and to acquire work experience and industry knowledge useful for seeking employment or entrance into professional schools. While not required for most academic programs, internships can be a valuable addition to a student’s college experience and are strongly encouraged.
Students may participate in internships with or without academic credit. Under the University’s Internship Program, a student may spend a semester or summer working for academic credit under the supervision of both University faculty and professional staff at the cooperating agency or organization. Students may receive a total of no more than 12 internship credits from any course or courses, with the exception of EXT 288 from which students may earn up to 3 credits; EXT 288 is not repeatable. Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Students may register for only one internship course per semester.
Credit-bearing internships require the approval of an academic department and the internship manager in the Career Center, when appropriate. General guidelines for participation in internships are:
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and completion of at least one semester at Stony Brook University; only matriculated SBU students may enroll in EXT.
- For EXT 288: Completion of WRT 102 or equivalent.
- For EXT 488: Completion of 57 credits prior to start of internship with at least U3 standing.
- Identification of a faculty sponsor, who will determine the credit value of the internship.
Transfer students should have a degree audit with an academic advisor before pursuing internship credit. Joint degree applicants must discuss the opportunity with faculty in both departments to determine how credit would apply.
Academic requirements for individual internship experiences may differ slightly but typically include submission of learning goals, regular journaling, reading assignments selected by faculty, mid-term and final performance evaluations written by site supervisors, and other career-related assignments.
Any Stony Brook faculty member may sponsor an intern. However, students should confer with the undergraduate directors of their majors before starting internships.