Internship Program: The Office of Career Services

Contact

Assistant Director, Career Services

E-mail Jamie

914.395.2566

Internships provide Sarah Lawrence students a way to finesse their professional interests while they complete an enriching, interdisciplinary education. The Office of Career Services works closely with individual students to apply to and apply themselves at internships around the country. We continually hear from employers that our students exhibit a level of professionalism beyond their years, which we attribute to Sarah Lawrence’s 1:1 model.

As a college, we recognize that not all students have the privilege to complete internships, which are often unpaid opportunities. Addressing this inequity is of utmost importance to our community. We are grateful for our donors who have enabled our office to grant our students with various internship funding opportunities from our Fall/Spring travel stipend program to our popular summer internship grants. These opportunities allow our students to participate in experiential experiences that give them the foundation for success beyond Sarah Lawrence. More information about our specific funding opportunities can be found below.

Academic Credit for Internships

In order to maintain the rigor of their education, Sarah Lawrence students seeking academic credit for a fall, spring or summer internship are required to complete a practicum or fieldwork course. The Office of Career Services stays in close contact with each student’s employer, working in tandem with the faculty sponsor to make each internship a supervised learning experience.

Fieldwork allows students to collaborate with a faculty sponsor to design and complete an independent study around their internship. The practicum courses enable students to learn in a Socratic environment with peers also completing internships. Past practicum offerings include “Foundations in Workplace Culture and Wellbeing” and “Creating a Professional Identity during COVID-19.”

Internship Travel Stipend

The Internship Travel Stipend Fund has been established to provide travel assistance to students receiving need-based financial aid from the college that are participating in unpaid internships during the academic year. Eligible students can receive up to $450 to help offset commuting costs. Students can apply for the stipend through the Office of Career Services.

Many students benefit from alumni-donated funds to support the commute to and from various internships in NYC, as well as the surrounding Westchester area.

Summer Funded Internship Opportunities

The Annette Cravens Fund for Visual Arts

“Cravens Internships” are funded summer internships with the intention to offer students the opportunity to explore careers in the visual arts and gain valuable experience in museums, galleries, exhibition spaces, community centers, and similar cultural venues. Select students will receive a $3,500 stipend.


Gryphon Grants

“Gryphon Grants” provide a limited number of stipends of up to $4,500 to select students receiving need-based financial aid from the College who are completing internships in any industry.