Career Services

Director:  Lamark Shaw, MA
Career Advisor:  Tiffany Dillon, MA
Employer & Student Relations Coordinator: Michelle Thompson

CAREER FIELD EXPERIENCE (CFE) INTERNSHIPS

Summer:  300, 400  Career Field Experience (1-12 credits)
Fall:             301, 401  Career Field Experience (1-12 credits)
Spring:      302, 402  Career Field Experience (1-12 credits)
Prerequisite Career Field Experience 97 (CFE 97): (O credits)

All students are eligible to receive academic credit while gaining practical on-the-job training, and experience. Internships help students to learn workplace values and attitudes necessary to succeed.  The Career Field Experience curriculum is individually designed to meet each student’s goals for personal and professional development and career objectives.  Internship locations include businesses, government, not-for-profit agencies, public and private institutions and may also be arranged in the hometown where the student resides or as part of a semester abroad experience. International internship options should be discussed with the Global Programs office.

Daemen College recognizes the Washington D.C. Internship Institute (WII) program for 15 academic credits (9 credits internship and two 3-credit academic courses).  Learning takes place primarily at the site in Washington, DC and is selected with the assistance of the WII staff.  The student’s financial aid package should be reviewed by the Financial Aid office prior to applying.

Daemen College also recognizes the New York State Assembly Internship program in Albany N.Y., for 15 academic credits (9 credits internship and two 3-credit academic courses). This program offers college students an opportunity to participate in state government and the legislative process through a well-structured, practical learning experience. The Assembly Intern Committee awards a stipend to each session intern.

Each field experience links academic and core curriculum competencies with an emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills.  Academic credit must be arranged prior to the internship experience with approval from Career Services and the student’s faculty advisor and is granted for each experience depending upon the number of hours completed in the field during the semester.  One academic credit is earned for every forty hours interned at the location site.  In addition to the hours spent on site, students will participate in and complete a series of academic projects.  The Career Services staff, faculty, and the student’s site supervisor offer guidance and evaluation of the student’s performance.  Final letter grades are granted upon completion of all field experience requirements. Internships are offered each semester, including inter-semester and summer.

MAJORS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNSHIP

While the internship program is open to students in every academic discipline, it is a program plan requirement for the following majors: Accounting, Business Administration, English: Professional Writing and Rhetoric, History, Political Science, French, Spanish, and Health Promotion.  In addition, Physician Assistant students who are required to complete 120 hours of direct patient contact experience before entering the PA program can also use these hours as a free elective for academic credit if approved by their faculty advisor.

PRIOR TO CONSIDERATION FOR A CAREER FIELD EXPERIENCE, STUDENTS MUST:

  1. Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average, except when specific departmental or internship location requirements apply (2.50 required for Business and Accounting majors);
  2. Have earned a grade of P (pass) in the prerequisite course Career Field Experience 97 (CFE 97);
  3. Have their department application reviewed (Health Promotion majors only).

CAREER FIELD EXPERIENCE 97 (CFE 97):

Career Services offers Career Field Experience 97 (CFE 97) which is a non-credit, FREE, prerequisite hybrid course designed to help students prepare their professional documents, learn job seeking and interviewing skills and present themselves in a professional manner.  This course is offered every semester and all students are encouraged to participate and register early in their college career.  Students will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Career Services which is a great resume builder for professional development!

LIMITS ON TOTAL CAREER EDUCATION ACADEMIC CREDIT:

A maximum of twelve (12) academic credits may be earned.

LIMITATIONS:

Internships are not permitted in situations where the student is interning at a business located in a person’s home.  Certain restrictions apply to internships that are online.  Students cannot intern with a family member.  Daemen adheres to the U.S. Labor Department Fair Labor Standard Act guidelines and requires site supervisors to sign their understanding of these guidelines and, if the internship is unpaid, that the student is the primary beneficiary of the relationship.