If you are offering an unpaid internship for academic credit, please be aware of the following:
- Please keep NYU's academic calendar in mind in regards to your hiring timeline. We do not offer retroactive credit; students adding internships after the drop/add period may be ineligible for academic credit. (This generally is within 3-4 weeks of the beginning of the semester. To view the NYU academic calendar, click here.)
- Academic credit is not without cost to the student. At NYU, each academic credit costs $1,991. Students who do unpaid internships for academic credit are actually paying for the experience, especially during the summer when financial aid may not cover those credits. This restricts the participation of students with limited financial means, and therefore reduces applicant pools and conflicts with recruitment commitments to diversity and inclusion.
- If you are unable to pay your intern, consider other ways you can compensate them including access to industry resources such as free rehearsal space, comp tickets to productions, passes to screenings, and other pro bono materials.