Contact your department internship coordinator of department chair to inquire about eligibility requirements as they may vary by department. If your department does not have an internship program, contact the Office of Internships by phone: (760)750-7005 or email email@example.com to see if we can help.
Both. Some are paid and others are not. Many non- profit organization are unable to pay their interns; however, non-profits can offer very good site training.
Generally, an internship that spans one semester is taken for 3 credits, but it’s possible to earn fewer or more credits, depending on the area of study. Talk to your faculty supervisor about specific department guidelines on how many credits you can earn.
YES! Any internship experience is valuable to your resume and career preparation.
In order to get credit for an internship, you must be registered in an internship course or an independent study course. Once you are registered for a course and make your placement, you will see the Community Partners and opportunities under academic credit. Contact a professor in your major or academic advisor and let them know you are interested in an internship for credit.
Some courses will require a minimum of hours (i.e. 90 hours during the semester). Your supervising faculty can best answer this as it varies by department.
Yes. Students participating in an academic internship are either graded credit/no credit, or with a letter grade, depending on your department. Your supervising faculty will tell you how it’s graded.
Once a fully executed University Community Partnership agreement (or release of liability) is on file, you have submitted the required documents (e.g. student placement and guidelines and learning plan to the Office of Internships, and have completed the Student Orientation Module, you may start the internship.
o Visit the Office of Internships website & Log on to the Internship database
o Consult with your professors or academic advisor
o Use your social and professional networks
o Attend the CSUSM Internship and Career Fairs
o Research companies and organizations in your field of interest
A student is able to search for internships by clicking the "Opportunities" tab and entering keywords. Keywords can include terms such as majors, social issues, industry type, age range (i.e. children/youth, adolescents/teens, seniors/elders), types of service, etc. Students can also search for specific community partners by searching under the "Sites" tab.
To avoid a conflict of interest, you may not intern with family members.
No, Internships must be approved in advance.
Provided that your internship work is distinct from your paid job, it may be possible to do an internship at your place of employment. However, a faculty member or department chair must approve,and you would have to submit a time sheet to the Office of Internships.
YES! We recommend that you experience as many internships as possible during your college career.
If the Office of Internships cannot obtain a signed and executed University Community Partnership agreement with your requested Community Partner, you may still complete your internship at the site with the following requirements and understanding: