Flexible skills development

The Career Development Center at Alfred University boasts a strong Internship program, benefiting both students and partner employers alike. An Internship is a supervised field experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Why Internships?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. What's more exciting is that this experience can be either domestic or international.

Internships may or may not include academic credit, they may or may not be paid, they can occur during the semester or over the summer, and the duration widely varies. An internship could be as few as five hours/week or full-time, especially during the summer months.

Eligibility & Timeframe

All students are eligible to intern, although academic credit depends on the requirements set forth by the employing organization and the student's academic department. Compensation is not required, though it is recommended, and varies by position and industry. (Visit United States Department of Labor Fact Sheet for Internships to learn more)

Internships vary by position and degree, typically between 60 and 240 hours total. If for credit, the duration of the internship is based on the number of credits sought. Students typically complete internships over the summer months, though internships during the academic year are an option. Please visit the CDC to learn more about your program’s requirements.

“Connecting back to what I’ve learned over the past four years, making them applicable and incorporating them for my professional and self-development.” - Je’Rei Hawthorne

“This internship has helped me to realize exactly what I want to do and where I want to go with my photography.” - Morgan Flick

“The more I learn and can absorb from observing and working alongside others in the field, the more confidence I have in realizing all the facets of the business and the value of what it offers and brings to others.” - Kia Barrow

“I learned about how to work with others and how to help customers without them feeling like you are helping.” - Katarina Riesing

“This experience will benefit my future academic or professional opportunities by getting to educate myself and further my skills first hand in the field.” - Kayla Wulff

“After completing my internship, I could pull away qualities and knowledge that I had not built up previously.” - Carissa Dopman

“This fieldwork experience helped me to solidity my career choice, and I know for a fact that I want to enter law enforcement.” - Sancha Mclean

“These past three months have been a whirlwind of excitement and I have learned so much about campaigning and am anxious for opportunities to apply my new skills.” - Kurtis Eisenhardt

“I will continue to use the skills I’ve learned at the SI training session in the following years, as they have benefited me hugely.” - Stephanie Rodriguez

“With the strong desire to learn and communication skills that Mijoi possesses, there is no doubt that many opportunities will arise in the future to her.” - Sergeant Dylan Burch

“She is a positive and productive influence here at the museum.” - Caitlin Brown (operations and program manager)

“Kate succeeded by being dependable, engaged, and inquisitive in her daily actions. She was eager to seek out new experiences, and was able to reflect her thoughts regarding what she had learned. She was independent in her participation with other school staff when visiting various school programs.” - Kevin Deery

“He is always willing to listen and eager to learn more. Kurtis has been my go to staffer to get things done.” - Brian Batrowny

“Sancha has many opportunities available to her within the field. If she continues to work hard and strive to learn she will have no problem.” - Sergeant Dylan Burch

“Erika has been a great staff member for our school. I appreciate how much she has given to this site and is the kind of staff we strive for.” - Brandon Gniewecki

“Brandi is a wonderful asset to our company. Brandi is very reliable and open to do whatever it takes to provide our clients with high quality care. Brandi’s enthusiasm to learn more about child development makes her stand out from all other employees.” - Tara L. Chase  

“Alexandra was an excellent intern to have. She was wall prepared and adapted to the environment flawlessly. Becoming comfortable working in such a situation is not always easy. She displayed an ability to work with offenders in an extremely professional and appropriate manner.” - Grant Woodward

“Dependability, attention to detail, and willingness are the strengths that stand out the most about Carissa.” - Gladys West

“Ms. Wulff was professional and a pleasure to work with. She is more than welcome back to work with me if she chooses to do so.” - Aaron W. Heminway

“Tara’s open communication, creativity, and flexibility were great strengths during this internship.” - Garry Card

Host Sites By Major

Art and Design

  • Buffalo Bisons
  • Simon Pierce Glass
  • Woodstock Film Festival
  • Davison Advertising & Design
  • L.L. Bean


  • Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Corning Inc.
  • NYC Board of Education
  • Prudential Securities

Criminal Justice

  • Alfred Police Dept.
  • Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Washington County Youth Bureau
  • NYS Division of Human Rights
  • Dept. of Justice US Marshal Service


  • NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • St. James Hospital
  • Bejo Seeds
  • Highland Park Rehab and Nursing Center
  • Wellsville Cardiology


  • CNN Boston
  • I Heart Media
  • Universal Music Enterprises
  • Clear Channel Radio
  • Carr Marketing Communications


  • North American Sports Group
  • NYC Bombsquad Basketball Classics, Inc.
  • Binghamton Senators
  • Sahlen's Stadium Rochester Rhinos
  • Toledo Mud Hens


  • Literacy Volunteers of America - Rochester, Inc.
  • Olympia Sports
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • The Hour/The Stamford Times

Computer Science

  • JAARS, Inc.
  • St. Paul Travelers


  • Ramapo for Children (Psychology)
  • ARC of Livingston-Wyoming (Sociology)
  • American Cancer Society (Sociology)
  • Pathways, Inc. (Psychology)
  • Jewish Senior Life (Psychology)


  • Community Action
  • Education Dept.
  • Global Crossroads/Glenbale Secondary School
  • The Children and Youth Learning Initiative

History/Political Science

  • Children's Youth Learning Initiative
  • Alfred University Archives/Herrick Library
  • Hendershot New Millennium Haflingers
  • PTC Contracting
  • Old Starbridge Village
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The first step in process is to meet with a counselor in the Career Development Center to help begin and refine your search. Set up an appointment now on Handshake.

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