Career Development Centralized Internship (CDCI) Program
The CDCI Program, hosted by the Fleishman Career Center, is the largest credit-bearing internship program at Binghamton University. We partner with local, regional, national and international agencies to provide Binghamton University students with endless opportunities (ranging from Accounting to Zoology) in experiential education. Through this program, you can earn up to 8 CDCI credits that will count towards graduation.
To qualify, you're required to attend an information session the semester prior to interning. Info Session dates will also be listed on the hireBING Calendar. Explore this page for details about the program and contact the Fleishman Center if you have questions.
Fall / Spring Internship: 2, 4 or 8 credits
- Enroll in a weekly one-hour Seminar class (we need to register you, so be sure to contact CDCI@binghamton.edu if you want credit). Classes consist of journaling, assignments, career planning, networking, resumes, presentations and final research papers. Certain sections fulfill the O requirement.
- Complete 120 hours (about 10 hours per week) in one semester for 4 credits. Select on-campus internships are offered for 2 credits (60 hours over the course of the semester; 5 hours per week).
- Your site supervisor will complete a midterm and final evaluation of your work and review it with you. Your evaluations will count for 50% of your Seminar grade. Seminar leaders have final say in final grades.
- Full-time internships: If you get a full-time internship, you can request up to 8 credits and you will be enrolled in an online Seminar class. You can request additional credits from your department to maintain full-time academic standing.
Summer and Winter Internships: 2-8 credits
- Enroll in an online Seminar Class to receive credit (we need to register you, so be sure to contact CDCI@binghamton.edu if you want credit). Classes consist of journaling, assignments, career planning, networking, resumes, and final research papers. Sections fulfill the W requirement (only for summer 2016).
- For summer and winter, you must pay for tuition, HOWEVER, you may be able to transfer some of your Financial Aid award to cover the cost. Learn more at the Financial Aid site.
- For summer, if you are doing an unpaid internship, you can apply for up to $5,000 to cover your expenses. Learn more and apply!
- Complete 70 hours for 2 credits, 140 hours for 4 credits. If you intern full-time, you can request 8 credits (and contact your department if you want more).
- Your site supervisor will complete a final evaluation of your work and review it with you. Your evaluation will count for 50% of your Seminar grade. Seminar leaders have final say in final grades.
Note to international students: If you are an international student in F-1 or J-1 status, be sure to check with the
Office of International Student and Scholar Services to see if employment authorization is required for your internship. International
students who begin internships without first receiving this written authorization
from the ISSS will be in violation of federal immigration regulations. Protect your
valid visa status.
HOW TO OBTAIN A CDCI INTERNSHIP
The CDCI program is open to undergraduate students who are in good academic standing. Students can apply in their freshman year but need to have sophomore status by the time they begin their internship.
- Attend a CDCI Info Session each time you want to apply for the internship program. CDCI staff will explain the
application process and will provide the necessary documentation at the advising sessions.
- Look for an Internship
- Internships that have been pre-approved for credit will be posted as CDCI internships in hireBING. Log into hireBING and click on the CDCI-Academic Credit Internship link on the right (or search CDCI) and apply to the internships that interest you with a resume and cover letter (upload them in Documents before you apply).
- You can also look for internships elsewhere (including contacting friends, family, businesses directly, and searching on sites like Indeed.com, Idealist.org, or other search sites) and request credit for your experience. Be sure to search early and often so you find the best internships!
- Be sure to read site and internship descriptions carefully and do your research before you apply.
- Interview Process
- If an internship site is interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly to schedule an interview. You may interview with multiple sites. To prepare for your internship interview we recommend that you utilize the Fleishman Career Center services that assist with interviewing skills. These range from interview workshops to quick reference guides.
- Notify & Registration
- Once you have obtained and decided on your internship, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Registration Form. Once we receive your form we can register you for the required seminar class (meets once per week in addition to your internship hours).
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CDCI PROGRAM
Contact Dara Riegel, Internship and Career Consultant, at email@example.com. You can also schedule an appointment with Dara in hireBING.