Thank you for your interest in becoming a partner with SF State and hosting student interns with your organization. When you post an internship (paid and unpaid) opportunity with your organization, many of our students will seek to obtain academic credit (we refer this as an academic internship). To ensure students’ safety, academic internship course policies have changed requiring that all academic internship placements comply with SF State (Senate Policy S17-278) and CSU (Executive Order 1064) risk management policies to create positive and safe off-campus learning experiences. The SF State administration has directed ICCE to support the implementation of Academic Senate Policy S17-278.
Academic Internships are a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application, training, and skills development in a professional setting. Academic internships give students opportunities to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide, train and evaluate talent.
Below you will find all the information you need to start hosting SF State students for academic internships.
To get started:
Register your agency with ULink - SF State's offical community engagement database.
Once you register, you will receive an email from SF State, confirming your registration.
ICCE staff will then review your registration profile and responses to the Learning Site Assessment (LSA) Rubric (you will complete this as part of your registration process). Pending the LSA rubric review, a site visit may be warranted.
ICCE staff will then follow-up with you to obtain the following required form:
The LPSA is a formal agreement between SF State and your organization. The agreement specifies expectations for each party and formally indicates how issues of liability and worker's compensation will be handled. Once signed, the LPSA may be renewed every 5 years by agreement of both parties. Additionally, as outlined in LPSA we will request a copy of your organization's certificate of insurance.
Once a signed LPSA is submitted, your ULink profile will be approved and now your agency will be labeled as a "Unversity Approved Partner". With this status, you are able to host students across campus, in all disciplines excluding clinical and student teaching. You are ready to post your available opportunties!
Should you host a student who is asking to receive academic credit, the student will ask to review and complete a Learning Plan with you. Within your ULink profile you will be able to approve your intern's hours, with a click of a button!
Frequently Asked Questions
- I already registered with SF State's Handshake and post employment and internship opportunities. Why do I need to register with ULink?
- What does it mean to be a "University Approved Organization/Partner"?
- What is an academic internship?
- What are my responsibilities as an academic internship partner?
- I am looking for help for my business. Can I hire an unpaid academic intern for this?
- I've decided who I am hiring/offered internship. How do I ensure the student get academic credit? Why do I need to post this opportunity on ULink if I don't want to recruit an other students?
Update: the questions below are currently being updated. please check back shortly. Thank you.