SUNY Brockport students should participate in major-based internships or experiential learning to gain valuable knowledge and skills to prepare them for life after Brockport. Career preparation that can set them apart from other employee candidates (competition) in their fields.
Increasingly, employers are seeking candidates who have completed an internship or other forms of experiential learning. See below the reasons or benefits of why a student should inquire about internships and experiential learning:
- Real-world work experience
- An opportunity to explore a particular career path
- Earning credit (please discuss ahead of time)
- Developing new skills
- Gain leadership skills
- Networking opportunities
- Resume builder
- Pathways to full-time employment opportunities
Over the past year, SUNY Brockport students have engaged in over 1,300 experiences across campus and in the community. To seek opportunities within your major, please inquire with a trusted faculty member or your advisor. If you are unsure about what direction to head or would like some guidance, please make an appointment to discuss with the Office of Career Services on Handshake.
The Office of Career Services at SUNY Brockport offers unique tools to help you explore job and internship opportunities. Check out our resources below to start your search!
Our Internship Programs
Brockport Career Exploration Course
Open to students who have completed a minimum of 35 credits. Students work a minimum of 40 hours per credit hour in career related areas. Credit options are for 3 or 6 credits. Open to all academic majors during fall, spring, and summer semesters and is the only university-wide internship program. Complete an application on Handshake. If you have any questions, create a Brockport Career Exploration Course (BCEC) appointment with Career Services on Handshake.
Spend fall or spring semester in Washington, D.C. studying and working. Earn up to 16 academic credits through SUNY Brockport Washington Program. This program allows students to experience the excitement of our nation’s capital, an ideal location to experience direct involvement in politics and other professional fields.
Public Service Internship Program (Options in Albany, New York)
A limited number of paid opportunities are available in Albany, New York working for NYS agencies. Many unpaid internships are also available. To be considered for the options in Albany, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Service Internship Program
Offers internships with local, county, state, and federal governmental agencies. Paid and unpaid internships are available. Open to all academic majors and offers three upper division credits. If you are interested in this program or have any questions, please email email@example.com.
The Disney College Program
Open to all majors and offers the opportunity to intern full-time at Walt Disney World ® near Orlando, FL or Disneyland ® Resort in Anaheim, CA. Students work full-time in paid positions, while earning credits through SUNY Brockport. Applications are done through Disney’s website. Also open to graduating seniors. It is highly recommended that an appointment be made with a member of the Career Services Team. Please e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Internship Programs
Spend a semester abroad living, working, and learning in countries such as England, China, Australia, and others. Check out more information on Study Abroad’s website.
Spend the spring semester working with the NYS Assembly in Albany. Offers generous stipends and full-time credit is arranged through SUNY Brockport.
Spend the spring semester working with the NYS Senate in Albany. Offers generous stipends and full-time credit is arranged through SUNY Brockport.
The process of finding an internship is really no different than finding a job. You must start well in advance (usually the semester prior to interning), develop a résumé, and go on interviews to find that ideal internship.
At Career Services we have a number of different resources to help you find an internship offered during the Fall and Spring semesters:
Make an internship search appointment on Handshake
Ask your internship supervisor if he/she would be willing to be a reference for you in the future. Do this before your internship ends.
- After completing your profile and your career interests information, be sure to keep these updated. This will ensure you are seeing relevant positions that you may be interested in pursuing. When you’re ready, make your profile public to employers so they can find you. Remember to check postings regularly!
- You are able to explore Internship Rankings & Reviews on Vault, which is accessed through Handshake. There are also Internship Guides and an Internship Blog.