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CDCI Academic Internship Program

Internships are a great way to gain valuable work experience to develop the transferable skills you need to be successful in the workplace. They also allow you to try out different industries to see what fits best with your skills and interests.

The Career Development Centralized Internship Program, offered by the Fleishman Center, is the largest credit-bearing internship program at Binghamton University, and lets undergraduate students earn academic credit for their hands-on internships.

Students are required to attend a CDCI Information Session (see schedule below) the semester prior to interning for CDCI credit.

2018 CDCI Info Sessions

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  • Am I eligible to earn CDCI credit?

    The CDCI program is open to undergraduate students. Students can apply in their freshman year but need to have sophomore status by the time they begin their internship.

  • How many credits can I earn?
    Students can earn up to 8 general, upper-level CDCI credits that count toward graduation. Select academic departments work with the CDCI Program to count credits toward majors. Ask your department if that's an option.
  • How do I earn the credits?

    Students completing an internship for credit must be enrolled in a CDCI Seminar Class (CDCI 385/95 or 496 for the JC Mentor Program) to receive academic credit. Classes consist of reflection on experiences, career planning, networking, application material review, presentations and other assignments.

    Your internship site supervisor will complete an evaluation of your work and review it with you at the end of the semester. Evaluations will count for 50% of your Seminar grade. Seminar leaders have final say in final grades.

    Fall / Spring Internship: 2 (select on campus sites only), 4 or 8 credits

    Summer and Winter Internships: 2-8 credits

  • 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.
    • Students must attend an orientation session during the first two weeks of the semester. Orientation dates, times, and locations can be found in hireBING
    • 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 (240 + hours) 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 Internships: 2, 4, or 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, 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 280+ hours, 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.
  • Winter Internships: 2 or 4 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 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.
    • Complete 70 hours for 2 credits, 140 hours for 4 credits.
    • 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.
  • Information for 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 do I find an internship?
     

    1. Attend a CDCI Info Session

    • CDCI staff will explain the application process and will provide the necessary documentation at the info sessions.

    2. Search for an Internship:

    • Use the Job/Internship Search page to help you organize your search and to find an internship that works for you.
    • Internships that have been pre-approved for credit will be posted as CDCI internships in hireBING. Login to hireBING and apply to the internships that interest you with your resume and cover letter (and any other required documents)
    • You can also search for internships elsewhere by 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 internship for you!

    3. Apply to Internships

    • Be sure to read site and internship descriptions carefully and do your research before you apply.
    • Have your resumes and cover letters review by a Fleishman Center staff member or other career office on campus.
    • Apply to several different internships and be conscious of deadlines.
    • Questions about specific internships or application requirements should be directed to the internship site.

    4. Interview

    • If interested, the internship sites 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 Center services that assist with interviewing skills. These range from interview workshops to quick reference guides.

     

  • How do I register for a CDCI seminar class?
     Once you have obtained and decided on your internship, you must email cdci@binghamton.edu to request a credit and we will send you the necessary steps. Seminar classes meet once every week for an hour in addition to your internship hours (or meets online if you are away from Binghamton).
  • What does the CDCI seminar class include?
     

    Classes consist of reflection on experiences, career planning, networking, application material review, presentations and other assignments. CDCI Seminars are taught by Binghamton faculty and staff, and classes may differ in content. Contact your instructor for the syllabus.

    Letter grades are given for all classes, based 50% on your internship supervisor's evaluation of your performance and 50% on how you perform in the class. Instructors have the final say on grading.

    Winter and summer seminars are taught 100% online. The summer class runs concurrently with your internship and you start participating in the class when you start your internship and continue until you have finished the internship. If the internship starts before summer session, or ends later, you must participate in the class during the normal term dates.

  • How do I get my internship approved for CDCI credit?
     

    Once you have accepted an internship, email CDCI@binghamton.edu to request credit. Please write a formal email to request credit, addressed to the CDCI Team, and including your name, B-Number, major, year, and in which semester you are requesting credit. We will send you the online form and necessary steps.

    Once you have completed the necessary steps emailed to you, we will review your internship, making sure it is appropriate for credit (see below), and send it to your supervisor to approve as well. If we have questions or the internship is not viable for credit, we will contact you.

    Once we have approved it, we will register you for one of the CDCI seminar classes (you will get to choose your top three days/times on the form we send you).

  • How do I know if my internship is eligible for credit?
     

    While the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development reserves the right to deny credit for an internship for any reason, the criteria below form a helpful starting place for you to determine if the experience you're considering may qualify for CDCI credit.

    • All internships must meet the requirements put forth by the Department of Labor to be considered for academic credit.
    • The internship site is expected to identify and develop meaningful projects in advance for interns to work on throughout the semester. The interns should spend 75% of their time working on meaningful projects and can spend 25% of their time on administrative tasks to support the office as needed.
    • Interns should have a dedicated space to work to increase their efficiency and maintain their sense of value.
    • If the employer requires that students receive academic credit in order to participate in an internship, the employer MUST make that clear to the students in advance.
    • Internships typically last one semester in length, but they can be mutually extended by the employer and the student. However, if a student wishes to earn credit at the same internship site twice, they must demonstrate that they have new responsibilities or advanced projects.
    • Internships must take place in a safe, public place of business (no personal residences).
    • Interns must not replace employees and must be supervised by someone who can provide meaningful guidance on projects (must know how to do what the intern is being asked to do).
    • Interns must be supervised by a professional who can educate the students on new techniques and professional skills needed to complete projects (for example, a supervisor with no web experience cannot supervise a student being asked to create a website).
    • The supervisor must be able and willing to provide regular meaningful feedback on projects.
    • Students may not intern for family members, directly or indirectly.
    • Interns must complete a specific number of hours to receive the corresponding number of academic credits:

    Fall and Spring Internships:
    120 site hours for 4 credits
    280 site hours for 8 credits
    Select on-campus only internship sites may offer 60-hour internships for 2 credits

    Summer and Winter Internships:
    70 hours for 2 credits
    140 hours for 4 credits
    280 hours for 8 credits

     

  • What are the deadlines to request credit for my internship?
    For the fall and spring, you should request credit by the end of the first week of the semester. For winter, you must request credit by the add/drop deadline. In the summer, you should request credit before you start your internship and with enough time to complete the number of hours required to earn the number of credits you're requesting. Summer registration closes by July 1.
  • Petition to overload

    If you have reached your max credit hours for the semester in which you want to receive CDCI credit for your internship, please contact your academic department to petition to overload.

    *Harpur students with a 3.3 GPA or higher will automatically be able to be registered on the fifth day of the semester without petitioning.

Questions

If you have questions about earning academic credit for internships, please email cdci@binghamton.edu.

Please note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.

 

Last Updated: 6/20/18