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. 

 

Information

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?

  • 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
  1. Find an academic internship opportunity in ULink, SF State’s official community engagement database.
    • 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 Fall 2019 we strongly recommend that you REGISTER INTO THE ULINK AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE (recommended deadline April. 12, 2019). 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. 
  2. If you have secured an academic internship outside of 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 Fall 2019, REGISTER INTO THE ULINK AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE  (recommended deadline April 12, 2019). 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.
  • 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.

HELP? For more information, please see FAQ’s below or contact Eunice Kim, Program Coordinator at eunicek@sfsu.edu or (415) 405-7557.

Frequently Asked Questions

Internships (or externship) is on-the-job experience at an on or off-campus work setting directly related to career interests and major field of study. It is a paid or volunteer work experience that is supervised; where students' learn about the demands and requirements of a profession and industry under the direction of intentional learning goals. Academic Internships earn academic credit while career Internships do not earn academic credit. Internships which are taken for academic credit require tuition payment in the same way as any course. There is no charge for internships not taken for academic credit. 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. All placements sites must be at University Approved Organizations.
Although ICCE will work strictly on our timeline to ensure departments are accommodated, the completion of risk management relies heavily on the response time of the community partners and the amount of time they need to complete required forms. The University approval process can take days to weeks, depending oif the site is responsive and has the capacity to complete the risk management process.
ICCE is delegated to facilitate the risk management of all academic internships at SF State due to ICCE's experience with facilitating and implementing the risk management processes for all community service learning (CSL) designated courses. ICCE will work with all departments to ensure that placement sites comply by submitting all required documents and participate in a site visit if necessary. ICCE does not evaluate courses nor determine if learning sites are appropriate for the learning requirements of the courses, this remains the responsibility of the course instructor/program/department. However, ICCE can provide resources or provide 1-on-1 consultation with faculty and students who would like to determine a learning site appropriate for them, their interests, and their course.
  • The community engagement website, ULink is available for the SF State community. Students, faculty, and staff can register to make an account. Once registered, any individual can access University-approved partners and their opportunities. The website serves to link the SF State community to the broader Bay Area community to address community-defined needs.
  • All partners are required to register and create an account. This is the required first step in the risk management process. During the registration, partners will be asked to complete a Learning Site Assessment, which allows ICCE to assess the risks associated with the student placement.
  • Yes. The University's requirements are the same for both kinds of internships. The partners (i.e., companies, businesses, hotels) are required to have a valid agreement with the University, complete the site risk assessment as well as provide proof of General Liability Insurance. Although paid opportunities provide other benefits to their employees (students), it does not supplement the risk management requirements of the University.
  • If the student is a current paid employee of the company or organization and would like to use their employment for their internship course, the student must get approval from their course instructor and work with ICCE to accomplish specific risk management process.
  • Handshake replaced Gater JOBS in fall 2017 and this platform covers on-campus jobs and employment opportunities for students. ULink is SF State’s official community engagement database that connects students, faculty, and staff to the broader Bay Area community to address community-defined needs. Once registered, any individual can access University-approved partners and their service-learning and academic internship opportunities.
  • All partners are required to register and create an account. This is the required first step in the risk management process. During the registration, partners will be asked to complete a Learning Site Assessment, which allows ICCE to assess the risks associated with the student placement.

“Student Acknowledgement Form of No LPSA” form (WAIVER) is a legal form designed to transfer responsibility for injuries and property damage from one party to another.  The form is used to protect the California State University and its employees from liability for injuries that occur to students or other individuals who participate in university activities on and off campus.

Why am I being required to sign it?

The Learning Site you have selected to enter into an internship opportunity with has been unable to complete the University approval process prior to placement. The approval process for a Learning Site includes an assessment of the Learning Site’s facilities and operations to ensure that the Learning Site meets the University’s health & safety requirements meant to ensure that a student is not being placed in a “high risk” environment. If the health & safety assessment is favorable, the Site will execute a learning Placement Site Agreement (LPSA) with the University and be designated as a University-approved Learning Site. Though SF State will work with the Learning Site complete the approval process in a timely manner, there are no assurances that the Learning Site will ultimately be approved.  

The WAIVER is your acknowledgement that you understand that you:

  • Are voluntarily requesting to be placed in an unapproved Learning Site;
  • Understand that no health & safety assessment has yet been completed and that you are aware of, and accept, the risks associated with the Learning Site which may include, but are not limited to, physical or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability (including paralysis), economic or emotional loss and/or death;
  • Understand that the University’s insurance coverages normally intended to protect you from risks inherent in most internship opportunities cannot be extended to you until the LPSA is executed by the Learning Site and the University;
  • Understand that the California State University assumes no liability for damage, injury, and death, which may occur during your participation in this internship. Your participation in the program is voluntary, and you participate at your own risk; and,
  • Assume all related risks, both known and unknown to you, arising out of your participation at the Learning Site, including travel to and from the Learning Site.

What does it mean?

If you wish to enter into an internship opportunity to receive academic credit prior to receipt of the executed LPSA, you understand and acknowledge that insurance coverages intended to protect you from risks inherent in most internship opportunities cannot be extended to you by the University's insurance program administrators until receipt of the signed LPSA.