Contact your department Internship Coordinator or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance
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 or an independent study course AND choose an approved community partner. Once you are registered for a course, you will log in to the Internship Database and view approved community partners and opportunities. 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.
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.
For more information about study abroad internships, please refer to the Office of Global Education.
As an international student at CSU San Marcos you have many services and opportunities available to you. You also have some special regulations that apply only to international students, such as completing curricular practice training. For assistance, please refer to the Office of Global Education- International Students. The International Student Advisor may be reached by telephone at (760) 750-4090 or by e-mail at: email@example.com.
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.
When all of the following have been completed:
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.
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: