Let Us Help you Get an Internship

Canisius students enjoy the benefit of having internship opportunities at their fingertips due to the strong connection that the Griff Center for Academic Engagement has with local business and its alumni.  Ready to start your internship search?

Search Handshake! Handshake is the College's platform for posting all internship opportunities, in addition to full-time and part-time jobs. You can also use Handshake to sign up for on-campus interviews, and register for information sessions, career fairs, and more! 

Come see a member of the Griff Center so we can help you develop the best action place for your search. Come see us in Old Main 013, or call (716) 888-2170 to schedule an appointment.

Here are some important facts that you need to know:

  • All majors can participate
  • The Griff Center for Academic Engagement advertises internship opportunities for all students
  • Credit approval and requirements vary by major or concentration and some academic departments work with organizations directly to help place students in specific internships, if they qualify
  • Sponsors include profit and non-profit organizations in diverse industries, and can be done for credit or non-credit and can be paid or unpaid

Paid or Unpaid?

Both types of internships are available.  Non-profit agencies and particular types of organizations or departments may not typically offer paid internships. Your interests, goals, and priorities need to be examined when deciding paid versus unpaid opportunities. If you are considering an unpaid internship, the organization may require it be done for credit, and it is imperative for you to consult with your school first before proceeding with an unpaid internship. 

Credit or Non-credit?

Students have the option of doing an internship for credit or non-credit. If your major allows you to earn credit by doing an internship, it may be used to satisfy a major or free elective.  Consider whether or not you are interested in receiving credit. To qualify for credit, eligibility requirements and program prerequisites, determined by your academic department, will need to be met.

Credit requirements and procedures for credit approval of internships vary by academic department.

  • Arts and Sciences students should first consult the department chair in their major, or academic advisor for credit eligibility requirements, and department guidelines and procedures.
  • Business students can first contact Laura McEwen, at

All credit internships are completed under the supervision of a faculty member and require that a learning agreement be completed.

Necessary Paperwork For Credit Approval Of An Internship Is Required Before Working

Forms include signatures from a faculty supervisor, department chair, an Associate Dean and the employer supervisor.

Searching for Internship Sites

If you know you are eligible to earn credit and you have the option to search for opportunities listed outside your department, the Griff Center for Academic Engagement can assist you through the search process. However, the internship selection will need to be approved by your academic department in order to register for credit.