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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs of a semester at NECC?

The cost for a semester at NECC is 80% of Hamilton’s tuition and full room and board. All of the following are included with that cost:

  • Tuition for two graduate Western New England University (WNEU) courses and required books for the courses (usually two books per semester).
  • An assigned intern supervisor and a one hour per week internship course.
  • Lunch during the school day Monday – Friday in the NECC Cafeteria and a $100 per week stipend to cover the other meals and sundries outside of the school day.
  • Free access to filtered water, coffee, tea, and some basic breakfast/snack foods (cereal, bread for toast, bagels and donuts once a week) at NECC and participation in various staff recreational and food events that happen during the school week throughout the semester.
  • Housing in a furnished, single dwelling house shared by 3-4 interns that is located within walking distance of NECC (there is a shuttle bus in case of poor weather or if the student prefers a ride). The interns typically have a single bedroom in the house and housing includes laundry machines, all utilities, and cable TV and wireless internet. The student must provide their own sheets, towels, etc.
  • Wireless internet and shared desktop computers available in NECC staff resource rooms Monday through Saturday, and access to the WNEU Library and on-line Kodiak services while enrolled in those courses. 
  • Employee Assistance Program/counseling services are available if needed.

The cost covers the earning of four course credits toward your Hamilton degree just like a regular semester at Hamilton (one credit for each of two Psychology courses offered at NECC, and two credits for Education Studies 395N Clinical Teaching Intensive Special Needs). Since the NECC program is Hamilton-sponsored, your financial aid award will be based on the cost described above (subject to determination by the Financial Aid Office, so check with them).

What about summer internships?

NECC is able to offer unpaid summer internships for undergraduate students. Summer interns at The New England Center for Children are responsible for teaching anywhere between two to eight students in a 1:1 teacher to student ratio. Teaching responsibilities include using reinforcement techniques, following behavioral guidelines, and implementing educational curriculum that is unique to each individual student. Part-time summer interns can develop their own weekly schedule as they work with 2-3 students for a minimum of 10 hours a week for 10 weeks. Full-time interns will work 30-35 hours a week with approximately 6-8 different students for a minimum of 10 weeks. NECC has received excellent feedback regarding its training. Full-time interns receive an intensive 3-week training curriculum, that ensures an easy transition into working independently with each student. Part-time interns also receive an abbreviated form of this training that promotes a smooth and gradual transition into working on shift as a teacher. Housing is sometimes available for full time summer interns.

If you are interested in a summer internship at NECC, please send a resume and cover letter to Dewey DeLisle, Intern Coordinator at ddelisle@necc.org. All questions related to summer internships should be directed to Mr. DeLisle.

Thanks to the generosity of Hamilton alumni and friends, funding is available through the Career Center to cover expenses for students who undertake unpaid or minimally paid summer internships. It is important for students to know that applications are due no later than March 31 in any given year and that their internships need not be finalized in order to apply for funding. Preliminary awards can be finalized when internships are confirmed.  There is more information on the Career Center website.

What is the academic schedule at NECC?

In the Fall Semester the Cooperative Education Program at NECC begins in late August/early September and runs until mid-December.

In the Spring Semester the program typically begins shortly after New Year's Day and runs until mid-April.

Academic Courses are offered on-site at NECC, meeting in the evening so they do not interfere with other duties.

Student Reflection

After taking a 2nd year graduate course at NECC I found my psychology labs at Hamilton to be much easier while at the same time more enjoyable. I found myself less inhibited when it came to speaking in class as I had just spent a semester discussing my ideas with graduate students...

Contact Information

Tara McKee

Associate Professor of Psychology
315-859-4216 315-859-4807 tmckee@hamilton.edu
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