For Students - Internships for Academic Credit

Are you interested in getting a jumpstart in your potential career field? Do you wish to get the potential opportunity to network and meet other professionals in your field of study/career? If so, an internship at an off-campus work setting directly related to your career interests and major field of study might be just the boost to help you in your journey! Many of SF State's academic departments offer credit-bearing internship courses; some are open to non-majors while others are required/restricted courses open only to students in those majors. In order to earn academic credit for an internship experience, you must be enrolled in a course.

An internship can provide work-based learning experiences, through active participation in planned services providing meaningful experiences in the community that are directly related to your course content. Internships can lead you to become more confident and competitive for jobs, graduate school, and other post-graduation opportunities. They can help you clarify your career interests and goals, provide you with occupation-specific skills, and expand your professional network. 

To ensure your safety during these great opportunities, academic internship course policies have changed to necessitate all 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. SF State has directed the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) to assist in this process and offer support as you navigate finding the right internship opportunity matching your needs and goals! 

Are you interested in receiving academic credit for your internship?

If you are planning to take a course that offers credit for your internship, we need your help in following the below steps. We strongly suggest following the recommended timeline, which will provide ample time to find and secure an internship site. If you do not follow these guidelines, we cannot guarantee that you will receive academic credit. View theStudent Academic Internship Timeline

Step 1: Prepare your application (Timeline: 4-5 months before)

  • Contact/refer to your faculty advisor/course instructor and/or department/program internship coordinator for eligibility, requirements, and permission to enroll in course.

  • Get assistance in developing your resume and cover letter and preparing for interviews at SF State Office of Career Services & Leadership Development

Step 2: Find an Internship and Apply (Timeline: 3-4 months before)

A) Find an academic internship opportunity in ULink, SF State’s official community engagement database.

  • We encourage you to review all of the approved sites first!

  • If you are planning to take a course that offers credit for your internship in spring 2019 we strongly recommend that you Register into the ULink as early as possible (recommended deadline Oct. 26, 2018). Additionally, please check-in with your course instructor for specific deadlines for your particular course.

  • Search for available opportunities and apply for an internship position by following the specific instructions detailed in the opportunity listing. 

  • If you cannot find an internship site/opportunity that is of interest to you, notify ICCE through ULink so that ICCE staff can further assist you. 

B) You have secured an academic internship outside ULink 

If you secured an academic internship outside ULink (includes opportunities found in “Handshake”, replaced GatorJobs, managed by the SF State Office of Career Services & Leadership Development), you must:

  • If you are planning to take a course that offers credit for your internship in spring 2019, REGISTER INTO THE ULINK AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE  (recommended deadline Oct. 26, 2018). Additionally, please check-in with your course instructor for specific deadlines for your particular course.

  • If you are receiving academic credit for this internship, under the new Senate Policy S17-278, a Learning Placement Site (LPS) Agreement must be in place before you start your internship. We will do our best to accommodate, however ICCE needs advance notice in order to contact the internship site, if there is no current LPS Agreement. Keep in mind, each internship site varies and we cannot predict how fast we can approve a site. If you choose option B, it is not guaranteed that this site will be approved.

  • Notify your course instructor/academic internship coordinator for approval.

  • Notify ICCE about this site/opportunity within ULink.

  • Check with your course instructor/academic internship coordinator, the course enrollment process. Some courses will provide you with a class enrollment permit or require you to enroll during class registration.

Step 4: Complete and submit Learning Plan 

  • Once you have enrolled in the course and have accepted an internship offer, please complete a Learning Plan with your site supervisor and submit to your course instructor. Please check-in with your course instructor for your course/program specific Learning Plan. 

  • Review and sign the STUDENT INFORMED CONSENT form and submit it to your course instructor. 

  • Once your course instructor has reviewed and approved, please upload a signed copy of the Learning Plan and Student Informed Consent to your instructor/ICCE.

Note the following exceptions: For the purpose of CSU EO 1064, “academic internship” does not include student teacher preparation placements or clinical placements such as for nursing, counseling, physical therapy or occupational therapy. These placement sites undergo a separate university agreement that is specific to student teaching and clinical guidelines. Please contact your department for more information.

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