Milano strongly encourages adding internship experiences to your classroom learning. While the Milano School does not award credit for internships, we suggest you register a zero-credit internship to have it officially recognized and recorded on your transcript.

Internship experience is especially important if you have limited experience or you are making a career change. Here are a few reasons to pursue an internship:

  • Learn more about your field and apply knowledge acquired in the classroom;
  • Gain valuable work experience and add to your skills and accomplishments;
  • Access tutelage from a practitioner in your field of study;
  • Get a foot in the door and add to your network and references;
  • Decide if you are on the right path professionally.

Registering Your Zero-Credit Internship 

By selecting a zero-credit internship option, you register an internship with The New School that will be officially recognized and recorded on your transcript without the payment of full tuition for credits, although registration fees may apply.

To register your internship, you will need to submit an Experience Learning Agreement (ELA) to Career Services and Experiential Opportunities.

To submit an ELA:

  • Go to The Village and log in with your Net ID and the password you use for MyNewSchool (you can also log in through the apps locker in MyNewSchool).
  • Once logged in, click Careers on the top navigation bar.
  • Click Experience from the list on the left-hand side.
  • Click the Create New ELA button at the right-hand top of the page.
  • After you’ve filled out the ELA, click Submit at the bottom of the page.

What happens after I submit an experience learning agreement?

Your supervisor will complete his or her portion of the ELA and approve it. (He or she will receive an email with instructions for how to complete the ELA once you submit it.)

Once your ELA has been approved by your supervisor, Career Services and Experiential Opportunities will review your ELA, approve it, and register you for the internship course.

If you’re an international student, Experience will automatically begin processing your CPT (if you are CPT eligible) once your ELA is fully approved. 

You and your internship supervisor will be asked to do a mid-point check and an evaluation at the conclusion of the internship. Grades are on a pass/unsatisfactory basis.


Make sure that your internship has documentable deliverables, so you emerge from the internship with the ability to speak about your professional development in terms of measurable accomplishments. Whether these key deliverables and concrete outcomes are directed by the internship organization or developed through collaboration, they will provide talking points for interviews with potential employers and build out content for your résumé. 

Examples of deliverables might include researching the viability of a new program, campaign, or initiative and presenting findings; performing, analyzing and presenting a study or survey; proposing solutions for a problem no one has had time to address.  

Well-designed projects develop core competencies applicable across a variety of professional opportunities. Always keep track of specific capacities and accomplishments that internship projects foster and add them to your résumé.

Finding Internships

Career Services can work with students to find an appropriate internship. Employers who’ve sponsored previous internships for Milano students, alumni, current students, and faculty often bring opportunities to students’ attention through the Milano Newsflash, Google groups managed by the programs, and LinkedIn.

Graduate Career Services
72 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.229.5400 x1518

Services offered include an online job board hosted on The Village – Careers, job and internship search assistance, interview and portfolio workshops, networking opportunities, career fairs, internship support, resources, and more.

Recent Internship Placements

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Capital Roots Food System Assessment

Citi Foundation

City Harvest

Clinton Global Initiative

Echoing Green

Education Pioneers

Eileen Fisher (organizational development)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellows

Levi Strauss (organizational development)

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

MTA Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) Environmental Justice Project

NYC Board of Education

New York City Council

New York City Economic Development Corporation

New York League of Conservation Voters

NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Regional Plan Association


US Department of Education

US Green Building Council | Urban Green Council

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development


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