Junior and senior Humanities & Sciences students are eligible to participate in the IC-New York City Program (offered fall and spring semesters) which combines 6-9 credits of academic study with 6 credits of a professional internship. This program is ideal for students who have clear professional goals, are on track to graduate in four years in their current major, and can demonstrate that they are prepared to meet the demands of a professional NYC internship.
All applications from H&S students will be considered; competitive applicants are students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have had some previous internship or work experience related to the the type of internship they plan to secure in NYC. In order to enroll in a credit-bearing internship as part of their ICNYC semester, students must have the sponsorship of an IC faculty member, usually someone in the student's major or minor department. This faculty sponsor is also the person who should complete the required faculty recommendation, as they can best speak to the student's readiness to participate in a professional internship experience.
All ICNYC participants are required to be full-time students; that is, they must be enrolled at Ithaca College for a minimum of 12 credits during their NYC semester. The tentative course offerings are available online, and are usually posted after students are notified of their acceptance into the program.
The nuts and bolts:
- You do not have to have the internship placement identified at the time of application, but must have secured a placement before you depart for NYC.
- To be enrolled for credit, you must follow the same process as you would for participating in a local credit-bearing internship, including submitting an Intent to Register form and a complete H&S internship learning contract, with all necessary signatures, before you arrive in NYC.
- Most students enroll in one 6-credit internship course through their department. You have the option of participating in two 3-credit internship placements. If you are interested in this option, you will have to plan carefully to make sure that you can manage the commuting and working time in addition to the different internship site responsibilities. If you choose this option, you must enroll in two separate internship courses; the faculty sponsor can be the same for each internship opportunity.
- In some instances it may be appropriate for a student to complete one 3-credit internship instead of 6 credits. You should consult the H&S Dean's office if you are interested in this option.
- All students with internship placements are required to participate in the biweekly Internship Seminar, facilitated by Hersey Egginton, director of the ICNYC program.
- You also have the option of enrolling in an independent study, fieldwork, or research opportunity in addition to an internship. To do so, you must complete the Learning Contract required for this type of course -- information is available online.
- In some instances, it may be appropriate for a student to complete an individualized study option instead of an internship. In this case, the individualized study project must have an NYC connection. If you are interested in this option, you should consult the H&S Dean's office prior to completing your application.
For more information about the ICNYC program, check out the ICNYC Program video.