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In recent years, internships have taken Marist students across the globe, absorbing a variety of cultures, applying their traditional coursework, and preparing themselves for their professional careers. While an internship is technically a “position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification”, to students at Marist, an internship is so much more.

At Marist, we provide students with the resources to find internship opportunities that exhilarate their interests and inspire them to move forward and upward in their chosen field. Internships enable students to take the fundamentals they have obtained during their coursework at Marist and begin to learn to apply them in a professional setting. With internships available right here in the Hudson Valley, overseas, and anywhere in between, there is a multitude of opportunities available to students.

At Marist, we believe that a liberal arts-based education helps students learn to think logically and creatively, to integrate insights from a variety of disciplines, and to effectively express opinions both verbally and in writing. At the same time, we know that extending learning beyond the classroom is key to intellectual development and critical thinking. For this reason, all of the academic schools at the College place a strong emphasis on internships as a key component of the undergraduate experience.

Through Marist’s robust internship programs, our students gain valuable real world experiences and contacts that prepare them for successful careers. Of those students who graduated from Marist in 2017, 83 percent participated in one or more internships while at the College, and many credit them as a primary reason they landed their first job after graduation.

Marist students from all academic majors complete internships at a wide variety of organizations, both during the school year and over the summer. Some examples of the companies where our students have interned include Ernst & Young, Michael Kors, Anderson Center for Autism, CBS, Brooklyn Nets, Morgan Stanley, USAA, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, IBM, the TJX Companies, Verizon, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Marie Claire Magazine, Fidelity Investments, Madison Square Garden, Sony Music Entertainment, Village Voice, and many more.

In addition, the College offers specialized internship programs like Marist in Manhattan, the Albany Summer Internship Program, the Washington Semester Program, and the Tarver Summer Internship Program. Graduate students in the MA in Museum Studies program at Marist’s campus in Florence also have the opportunity to complete internships at some of the world’s leading museums. At the end of the day, Marist students graduate prepared and career-ready.

The Albany Summer Internship Program enables students to gain an insider’s perspective on political communications, politics, and public policy in New York State’s capital city. ASIP interns work at nonprofit advocacy and lobbying organizations as well as state legislative offices. Students intern 4 days a week for 6 weeks in May and June and internship placements vary according to students’ interests with opportunities available for many academic majors.

A public relations major might work on a social media strategy for a hunger-related nonprofit; a Psychology major might work for a mental health organization; an English or history major might help to develop programming and website content for an Albany-area museum.

The ASIP experience allows students to explore career opportunities by attending weekly Internship in Context seminar sessions which include guest speakers from the fields of government, journalism, and the nonprofit fields. Ideally, student participate in the program in the summer after their sophomore or junior years and all students meet regularly with the ASIP Director, Dr.

Krista Applebee, for internship guidance, career advice, and networking events. In addition to carefully matching students with their internship placements, Dr. Applebee provides an orientation to familiarize the ASIP interns with Albany and prepare them for work in a professional setting.