Internships

Hostos Community College, Career Services Office offers a Perkins Funded Internship Program. We welcome your participation and look forward to working with you towards the goal of providing a quality experience for students. 

Internship Program Forms


Please refer to the Guidance on Academic Continuity to campuses for most updated information.

Career Services will begin collecting the COVID-19 risk mitigation protocols of any employer seeking to hire interns for in person positions for spring 2021.
 
If faculty are directly referring students to an employer, please ensure to collect the documentation and provide a copy to Career Services.
 
“Faculty and staff supporting student internship placements that will include any on-site component must collect documentation of COVID-19 risk mitigation protocols from the employer before finalizing placements.  Because appropriate protocols vary by sector, if there is any question about whether the protocols comply with NYS standards, advisors may consult Kurt Klein at OEHSRM (kurt.klein@cuny.edu) where necessary.  If an employer cannot furnish such documentation or the protocols do not appear to comply with NYS standards, the student’s internship plan must be revised to avoid on-site work”.
 
CUNY Central Office of General Counsel Guidance on Internships:

 
CUNY Central Office of General Counsel Guidance on Clinicals/Field Experience

The waiver language that OGC provided is meant to be an approved template for use at the campus level. The Student Internship agreements were updated in Fall 2020 to include the waiver language.
“In signing this Agreement, I acknowledge that I understand that my participation in an in-person internship will involve risks and hazards not found in remote study at the College, which is the current mode of instruction required by the COVID-19 pandemic and the executive orders and directives of New York State. In ordinary times, these risks can range from a) minor injuries and illness such as bruises, and strains, to b) major injuries and illness such as broken limbs, loss of sight, neck or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions, to c) catastrophic injuries, including paralysis and death, and also include risks of damage to or theft of personal property, and risks involved in traveling to and within, and returning from, internship sites. I understand that COVID-19 presents unique health risks, especially to those with underlying conditions, and that there may be other risks not known or reasonably foreseeable. I have sought and obtained information and advice that I feel are necessary and appropriate. I VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS IN PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERNSHIP and my participation in an internship with internship partner described below is voluntary.”

Experiential Learning

Career Services staff members in partnership with faculty members provide career support and referal of students to participating organizations and measure the progress and success of students.

HIRECAIMANS

Faculty can Register on the HIRECAIMANS career link to view employers, internship/job postings and access the experiential learning module.

MICRO-INTERNSHIPS

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are like those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. Students can create a free account on Parker Dewey to search for Micro-Internships.

Paid versus Unpaid Internships: U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act on Internship Programs

Hostos Community College’s Career Services Office recommends that all organizations review the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act on Internship Programs.

It is strongly preferred that organizations pay interns for work performed. If an organization is unable to offer a paid internship, we recommend helping the student with a stipend or expenses related to their internship such as transportation costs, meals, etc.
For additional information, please refer to the Department of Labor's Guidelines »
 

Career Readiness & Experiential Learning Coordinator, Maritza Lewis. Email: mlewis@hostos.cuny.edu