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For Students

Congratulations on your decision to participate in an internship! 


  • 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

Getting Started

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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.