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SED/SUNY Student Internship Program
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Program Overview: 

The New York State Education Department (SED) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have entered into an historic partnership to offer SUNY students a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in educational leadership, public policy and administration, government, management, and much more. 

New York State Education Department Portrait: 

The New York State Education Department serves as the administrative arm of the Board of Regents and under the direction of the Commissioner, carries out legislative mandates and Regents policies. The Department plans, funds, monitors, and coordinates educational services from pre-kindergarten to graduate school for local school districts, non-public schools, colleges and universities, and other educational institutions. The Board of Regents and the Department also oversee 50 licensed professions, provide adult career and continuing education services, guide local government records programs, and operate the State Archives, Library, and Museum. The Department includes program offices in P-12 Education, Adult Career and Continuing Education, Cultural Education, Higher Education, Professions, Management Services, and the Chief Financial Officer.

State University of New York Portrait: 

The State University of New York (SUNY) was created from a commitment to advance opportunity and access, and designed to meet diverse needs across a vast geographic landscape.  SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States.  It is comprised of 64 institutions, including research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, agricultural and technical institutes and an online learning network.  SUNY educates approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs every year, and nearly two million in workforce and professional development programs.  Nearly three million SUNY alumni are located around the globe, each making their own unique impact.


Students may choose from the following list of Current Assignments.  Unless otherwise indicated, internship assignments are available to both undergraduate and graduate students attending any SUNY institution statewide.  All internships are on-site at an SED location.


Candidates must be 18 years of age or older and currently matriculated in a degree program at a SUNY institution in which a campus coordinator has been identified.  Candidates are expressly prohibited from pursuing dual or concurrent employment with both the State Education Department and another New York State agency, SUNY system or institution, CUNY system or institution, New York Legislature, etc. 

Program Term: 

The SED/SUNY Student Internship Program follows a semester schedule and is consistent with academic calendars at SUNY Schools.  All internships are part-time and students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester.  Students may work additional hours during the winter intercession and summer semester, not to exceed 25 hours per week, subject to the availability of funding and State Education Department operational need. 

Application Process and Requirements: 
  1. Review the list of Current Assignments and select your top choice(s);
  2. Complete the Student Internship Application.  You will not be considered for an assignment without a completed application which must include a signature by the campus coordinator for your school.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this signature prior to submitting an application.
  3. Submit a copy of your current resume;
  4. Submit a copy of your current college transcript(s).  (A legible student copy is acceptable);
  5. E-mail all documents listed above to  

Important:  You must include the assignment number in the subject line of your email to receive consideration.  If applying for more than one internship, you must send a separate email and application for each with the appropriate assignment number indicated in the subject line.

Email Address: 

SUNY Undergraduate Students:  $15/hour.  
SUNY Graduate Students:  $18/hour.

Pay rates for New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties:
SUNY Undergraduate Students:  $16.00/hour. 
SUNY Graduate Students:  $19.00/hour.

Campus Coordinator


The State Education Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer: 
The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, gender, genetics or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities. Inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Office of Human Resources Management, Room 528, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer