Internships allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to a professional setting. Use the steps below to get started.
The fall 2021 internship deadline is Friday, September 17, 2021.
Internship Policies and Eligibility
Are you eligible to intern for credit?
- Domestic students are eligible to intern for credit after completing two semesters.
- Transfer students are eligible to intern after completing two semesters.
- Non U.S. students are eligible to intern after completing two semesters.
- Berklee Online students are not eligible to enroll in internship courses managed by the Career Center.
- Berklee Valencia graduate students must contact the International Career Center to discuss eligibility.
- Internships for credit must start within the first two weeks of the semester. Internships for credit cannot be added to academic schedules after the second week of instruction.
- Students registered for an internship course may intern at two different employers during the same semester under the same internship course.
- Previously completed internships cannot be awarded retroactive credit.
- Students who wish to drop their internship can do so up until the ninth week of the semester. They must contact the Office of the Registrar directly and inform their internship advisor.
- All internship courses are facilitated on Berklee OL and require the completion of assignments designed to enhance learning through critical reflection and evaluation.
- Berklee alumni who have obtained their diploma or bachelor’s degree from the college’s Boston campus and who are not currently attending another college or university are eligible to enroll in IN-299 up to 12 months after graduation.
Are you a non-U.S. student? In order to qualify for CPT, you must meet all of the criteria below:
- You are currently in valid F-1 status.
- You have been in valid F-1 status for at least two consecutive semesters immediately prior to the internship start date.
- You have secured a Berklee-sponsored internship through the Career Center, and you are registered for the appropriate internship course.
- Has been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for at least a full academic year.
Note: An exception exists for students in graduate studies whose programs require earlier training.
Learn more about curricular practical training, or CPT (login required), and optional practical training, or OPT (login required). You must not begin your internship without authorization on your I-20 (CPT) or until you have received your OPT card. Review an example of the I-20 program end date.
1. Complete the Internship Pathway in the Berklee Career Manager.
The pathway covers a range of topics that include internship requirements/eligibility, internship course options, important considerations for non-U.S. students, and internship search resources. Upon completing this pathway, students will gain access to apply for internships.
To complete the pathway, log in to the Berklee Career Manager and navigate to the Resources menu on the left-hand side, and then choose "Pathways." Start the internship pathway workflow as outlined in our Internship Pathway Guide.
2. Submit your internship in the Berklee Career Manager for approval.
The final step of the internship pathway workflow is to enter your internship for approval using our guide. If you are seeking credit for the internship, be sure to enter the Internship Registration Form.
If you are not taking the internship for credit, enter your internship as a career outcome using our guide.
Apply for a fellowship. Up to $5,000 in funding can be used to help with cost-of-living expenses while interning.
3. The Career Center processes your internship.
Within five business days, the Career Center will process your internship registration forms. The Career Center will review your internship details and add the internship course to your upcoming semester schedule. You will be contacted if additional information is needed.
You will be added to an OL internship course with your assigned Career Center internship advisor, where you will complete all assignments. Sample assignments can be found on your internship course.