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Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to participate in an internship! The Office of Internships provides internship opportunities and resources. For academic advising, contact your major or program advisor. To get started, see the following options: 

Faculty Internship ChecklistFaculty Toolkit Folder


  • Gain valuable work experience in a field of interest
  • Learn time management
  • Apply academic information into real-world situations
  • Learn how to be a team player
  • Learn how to communicate with various audiences 
  • Handle conflict and pressure in the workplace effectively  
  • Develop a network 
  • Interact with diverse groups of individuals
  • Enhance people and customer service skills
  • Increase value on your resume

Helpful Tips and Suggestions

  • Do not wait until you're a graduating senior to consider taking an internship. Explore the idea as a sophomore or junior.
  • Internship opportunities vary by semester. Check the Internship Database for updated opportunties and deadlines. 
  • Most internships will require a formal cover letter, resume/CV, and/or an interview. If you need help with any of these, the CSUSM Career Center is a great on-campus resource.
  • When responding to an opportunity you are interested in, identify yourself as a CSUSM student and your major.
  • Avoid sending a generic email and write a response specific to the community partner and the internship opportunity. Explain why you are interested in the position and why you are a qualified candidate.
  • Refer to the FAQs section, the Student Intern Handbook, and resources below for more tips and suggestions.