I am required to complete PER. How do I find an internship that is relevant? How do I know whether the internship will qualify?

In order to fulfill the PER, a position must be directly relevant to your career goals as well as your degree program and/or specialization. To qualify as “relevant,” the position must provide opportunities to practically apply the skills and knowledge gained through your coursework and to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete for employment in your field of interest.

For examples of internships that students have previously taken up to fulfill the PER, visit our Wagner in the Workplace page and see the Student Internships section. Full-time students typically work 20 hours per week during a semester or 40 hours per week in the summer, for example, in their PER roles. Part-time students typically work 40 hours per week in their PER roles.

NYU Wagner’s OCS staff is available to advise you on strategies and resources for identifying degree relevant positions, submitting strong application materials, conducting successful interviews and other career development topics. Email wagner.ocss@nyu.edu or visit Wagner Careers for more information about OCS resources.

PLEASE NOTE: NYU Wagner does not place students in jobs or internships for the PER.

If you are considering using a position for the PER and want to verify that it qualifies as “relevant” before accepting the position, email wagner.ocss@nyu.edu with the following information:

Subject Line:
- [Full Name] PER Pre-Approval Request

- First & Last Name
- N Number (University ID)
- Degree Program & Specialization
- Expected Capstone Enrollment Date
- Employer - Position Title - Summary of Career Goals (ideal industry and role)
- Summary of Position relevance (how this role will enable you to apply lessons learned through your coursework and how you will gain experience needed to be competitive in your field)

You will receive a response within 3-5 business days, so please allow enough lead time between your email and the date by which you need to accept your position offer. You can also visit walk-in-hours for broader questions about PER positions.