Can students graduate with a technical endorsement, even without completing internship hours?

Schools should factor in all aspects of graduating students’ overall performance & participation in their CTE program of study to determine whether to award the CTE technical endorsement. The purpose of this is not to penalize students if they haven’t finished all internships or WBL activities due to school closure.  This is a decision that schools should make based on students’ record by establishing a set system and criteria to assess your students

As per NYSED guidance on this:

Any student exiting high school in June of 2020, including a student with a disability who meets the eligibility requirements for a Superintendent’s Determination of a local diploma, who is unable to complete the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential or the CDOS +1 pathway as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and has demonstrated proficiency of the CDOS learning standards, may be granted a waiver from the completion of the 216 hours of Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction and/or the 54 hours of work-based learning requirement. With regard to students who are continuing their high school education beyond the 2019-20 school year, such students may be exempted from the requirements that were not met due to COVID-19 closures in the 2019-20 school year. Such students must fulfill any requirements scheduled or planned for completion in subsequent school years.