Math Department Internship Policies & Guidelines

The following policies & guidelines apply to all domestic and international students, Undergraduates and Graduates.

Who is required to register for an internship?
  • Domestic students who want to participate in an internship for academic credit are required to register for an internship course. If you do not wish to receive credit for the internship credit, you do not have to register for the course.
  • International students who want to participate in an internship must obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization, which includes registering for an internship course.
What are the eligibility requirements for students to obtain an internship?
  • Students must have completed one year of full-time study (undergraduate) OR completed 18 credits (graduate).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduate and 2.5 for undergraduate students.
How many internships can I take for credit?
  • Graduate students can take the internship course for credit a maximum of 2 times for 1.5 credits each during the entire duration of their program.
  • Undergraduate students can take the internship course for credit a maximum of 2 times for 3 credits each during the entire duration of their program.
Additional requirements for internships are as follows:
  • For Undergraduates:The total duration of the internship must be a minimum total of 120 hours. Fall/Spring internships must last at least 10 weeks, and summer internships must last at least 6 weeks.
  • For Graduates:The total duration of the internship must be a minimum total of 240 hours. Fall/Spring internships must last at least 12 weeks, and summer internships must last at least 8 weeks.
  • During the fall and spring terms, international students on CPT may not work more than 20 hours per week. Students may work full-time during the summer.(Note: If you are a MS Student in your graduating semester and if you are registered for 4.5 credits or less, you can work full-time)
  • Start and End dates must fit within the range of the semester.Start and end dates need not coincide with the first and last day of the semester, but must fit within the semester in order to ensure that final reports may be submitted and grades may be submitted in a timely manner. (Refer to the NYU Academic Calendar to confirm semester dates).
  • Internships must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Students must be hired as employees of the participating organization and be paid directly using a W-2 IRS form. Employers cannot pay students as independent contractors using IRS form 1099.
  • Employers must be willing to submit written midterm and final evaluations of the student’s work to the math department advisor.
How will I receive a grade for the internship?

The internship employer (direct supervisor) will have to evaluate you for your midterm and final. The department will use these evaluations to issue a pass or fail grade for you at the end of the semester.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Internship Procedures

The procedure for CPT is to be followed only by international students holding a valid F1 Student Visa. Submit documents to OGS online.

What is Curricular Practical Training or CPT?

CPT is a necessary requirement that allows you to accept off-campus employment as part of the curriculum of your degree program. CPT employment MUST be directly related to your major area of study.

Can I apply for CPT if my internship is unpaid?

Yes. However, bear in mind that you will still be required to pay for the credits of the internship course.

As an international student, what is the procedure to apply for CPT?
  • Submit all the below documents to the math department:
    • Offer letter, which should include:
      • Rate of Pay
      • Hours per week [internship must total 240 hours (grads), total 120 hours (undergrads)]
      • Start Date (first day of classes for the semester) and End Date (last day of final exams for semester)
    • Detailed job description (may be included in Offer Letter)
    • Internship Agreement Form Paid Internship | Unpaid Internship ] 
  • If you are a Ph.D. student, ensure that you have written permission from your advisor.
  • The department will process the application and revert to you with the relevant course and its permission number.
  • Register for the course.
  • Submit the online request for CPT formand attach your I-94 copy.

Note: OGS processing can take up to 5 business days. You may not work until you receive the work permission from the OGS. For more information on CPT, visit NYU Curricular Practical Training.

As a domestic student, what is the procedure to apply for an internship?
  • Submit all the below documents to the math department:
    • Offer letter, which should include:
      • Rate of Pay
      • Hours per week [internship must total 240 hours (grads), total 120 hours (undergrads)]
      • Start Date (first day of classes for the semester) and End Date (last day of final exams for semester)
    • Detailed job description (may be included in Offer Letter)
    • Internship Agreement Form [Paid InternshipUnpaid Internship
  • If you are a Ph.D. student, ensure that you have written permission from your advisor.
  • The department will process the application and provide you with the relevant course and its permission number.
  • Register for the course.
What is the course number I need to register for to gain credit for the internship?
  • Course numbers for graduate students: CP-GY 9911 and CP-GY 9921.
  • Course number for undergraduate students: CP-UY 2013 and CP-UY 2023.
When do I register for the internship course?

Students will receive an email with a permission number to enroll in the course during registration week. Students must submit all required documentation (listed above) to be approved for internship. Students need to be registered for the internship course prior to starting their internship.

If you have questions about this program, please contact the Math Department at soe.math@nyu.edu.