The Career Development Center encourages all students to consider a variety of experiential learning opportunities during their time at Emerson College. These experiences offer more than a chance to expand one’s professional network—they are the best way of developing the professional skills needed for a full-time career.

Finding Internships

Handshake offers the most up-to-date resources for those seeking internships in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and beyond. Positions that have been posted have been approved by our office to ensure that students are able to find the most relevant and timely positions. 

Learn some tips for searching on our Search Process page and discover how to search safely on our Safe Internship Searching page.

If you are unable to find an internship, our office can support you in finding the right fit. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to get the conversation started.

Internships for academic credit

Students have the option to receive academic credit from the College for their internship experiences. These credit-bearing opportunities can be paid or unpaid positions, depending on the host organization’s policies. Internships may count for 1, 4, or 8 credits for undergraduate students or 1 or 4 credits for graduate students. Academic internships must be completed within the start and end dates of the semester a student is receiving credit. 

Please note that students may not use Emerson College as the host organization for a credit-bearing internship.

A Brief Look at Internships for academic credit

  • Internships for academic credit must be reviewed and approved by the Career Development Center and receive approval from the departmental internship coordinator running your internship course (499 for Undergraduates, 699 for Graduates, and PDE100 for 1-credit internships).
  • Internships for academic credit are attached to coursework within the semester. Students cannot receive retroactive credit for internships completed outside of their respective course.
  • Students can complete an internship for academic credit as early as the summer of their first year, depending on their current class standing and if they have completed one semester with the College.

For more information on pursuing an internship for academic credit, please visit our Internships for Academic Credit page.

Resources for Unpaid Internships

Those seeking assistance for their unpaid internship may consider applying for the Emerson Enhancement Fund (EEF).

Students may also apply for any private scholarship or grant to support their experience. The Office of Financial Aid has identified several scholarships meeting this need.