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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

What You Need to Know Before Your Internship Appointment

Let’s see if you’re qualified!

  • You must be enrolled at SUNY Potsdam and have Junior or Senior standing (60 or more credit hours earned toward graduation)
  • You must have completed 12 semester hours at SUNY Potsdam.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Do you know what you want to do as a career?

  • Do you know what career field you want? If not, Career Planning can help you figure it out! Visit them in Crumb 107 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • If you do have an idea, make sure to have those ideas ready so we can help you find internship possibilities!

When do you want to complete your internship? Fall or Spring

  • The internship time frame is 15 weeks long.
  • Financial aid will cover the credits just like a normal semester of receiving financial aid.
  • You could complete a full-time internship @ 12 credits or a part-time internship ranging from 1-11 credits. Most part-time internships are for at least 6 credits.

When do you want to complete your internship? Summer

  • The internship time frame is 10 to 12 weeks long.
  • You must take at least 6 credits to receive financial aid.
  • Keep in mind financial aid will be dispersed evenly through three semesters.
  • We recommend that you see a Financial Aid Counselor to see what Financial Aid you can receive for your summer internship credits.

Need extra help paying for your summer internship credits?

  • Apply for a scholarship! We have over $12,000 available in scholarships for the summer session. Most students get at least $1,000!
  • Go online to learn more!

Find the perfect Faculty Sponsor!

  • When completing an internship, you will need a faculty sponsor.
  • If this is an internship for a specific major, the faculty needs to be from that department.
  • If it is not, the sponsor can be almost any faculty member.
  • The sponsor determines your academic requirements/assignments for the internship.
  • To find one, view Faculty-Sponsors (PDF).

How many hours do I have to work for credit?

Fall or Spring

  • 1 credit = 40 contact hours (on site) plus assigned academic assignments
  • 3 credits = 120 hours/15 weeks = 8 hours/week
  • 6 credits = 240 hours/15 weeks = 16 hours/week
  • 9 credits = 360 hours/15 weeks = 25 hours/week
  • 12 credits = 480 hours/15 weeks = 32 hours/week


  • 1 credit = 40 contact hours (on site) plus assigned academic assignments
  • 3 credits = 120 hours/12 weeks = 10 hours/week
  • 6 credits = 240 hours/12 weeks = 20 hours/week
  • 9 credits = 360 hours/12 weeks = 30 hours/week
  • 12 credits = 480 hours/12 weeks = 40 hours/week
    • Make adjustments if less than 12 weeks

Can I create an internship on my own?

But where can I look for internships?

I already have an internship set up. What do I do now?

  • Complete an Internship Proposal and then Report an Internship for Credit on BearTracker. Simple as that!
  • View written instructions (PDF)
  • Watch the instructional videos for the Internship Proposal and Reporting an Internship for Credit.

Okay, cool! But how will an internship benefit me?

  • You can earn up to 12 upper division credits towards the 45 required for a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Great “real world” experience for your résumé.
  • Possibility of being paid!
  • Some Majors will allow your internship to count as an elective in the major.
  • You will be able to try out your selected career field and see if this is the career path you will take in the future!
  • You have the opportunity to network with career professionals in your desired career field!