The Wasserman Center encourages students to pursue experiential learning opportunities throughout their time at NYU. We work diligently to ensure that students engage in productive, meaningful work, and require that employers abide by certain standards set by both the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Department of Labor. However, It is also important that you consider the following before you accept a position with an employer:
Is this an internship?
An internship combines what you are learning in the classroom in a real world setting. Through this experience, you should gain practical knowledge and build professional connections while receiving feedback from your supervisor. NACE provides additional detail in their internship guidelines.
Are you asking the right questions?
Before you accept an offer it is important to get a realistic idea of what the position has to offer. At the interview stage, make sure you ask questions such as:
- What is a typical day like in this role?
- Who will my supervisor be?
- What type of evaluation and review process takes place to evaluate performance?
- Am I gaining transferrable skills that will prepare me for the next step in my career?
Is the employer providing compensation?
The Wasserman Center believes that all students should receive compensation for their work. However, we acknowledge that some industries do not typically pay their interns, yet they still provide a meaningful learning experience.
Are they too good to be true?
The Wasserman Center makes every effort to screen employers and job postings on NYU CareerNet. However, if you receive a suspicious email or phone message from an employer, it is extremely important to exercise caution. Contact the Wasserman Center immediately if the answer is "yes" to any of the following questions:
- Does this job promise a large salary for almost no work? Especially if I have little or none of the required experience?
- Does this position offer me a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of my bank account?
- Does the contact's email address match the company's website domain? (i.e. JohnSmith@gmail.com rather than JohnSmith@companyname.com)?
- Are there multiple misspellings in the job posting or email?
- Does the posting focus more on the money I will make rather than the responsibilities of the job?
- Does this opportunity sound too good to be true?
- Read more about fraudulent job postings