COVID-19

Off-Campus Academic Internship & Service Learning Placements 

With the transition to remote academic instruction and that many businesses/community organizations have transitioned to remote work and/or have temporarily suspended their services as well, we realize that there are many questions from faculty and students seeking guidance around non-clinical academic internships (AI) and service learning (SL) placement sites, or other community engagement projects.

We want to prioritize student and community health, and we urge students to practice social distancing and adhere to the Public Health Order requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. Most recently, the City and County of San Francisco announced an updated shelter-in-place order, extending the directive through May 31 with additional restrictions. With this updated order, limited SF State on-campus operations also continue through May 31. Remote instruction will continue through the end of the summer semester

We understand that the below recommendations/action steps will cause a change in systems but we wish to emphasize that these recommendations/action steps/decisions have been put forth in the best interest of our students' health and safety. This is an evolving situation and these recommendations/action steps are meant to be general, as each course and placement site is unique to their discipline and department requirements. But it is a hope that the below information will provide faculty and departments with a guideline as they begin to make decisions/alternative experiences. And for students, we have listed some action steps, as well as information to our community partners.

Update: Please note, per guidance from the CSU Chancellors' Office all credit bearing experiential learning, e.g. academic internship and CSL placement sites, must be done remotely or not at all. Should you have any immediate concerns/questions, please contact ICCE:

  • For CHSS & CLCA internship courses: Michelle Chu | michelec@sfsu.edu
  • For CoSE & Lam Family CoB internship and Early Fieldwork (non-credential program) courses: Eunice Kim | eunicek@sfsu.edu
  • For CSL designated courses:  Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu.

SPRING 2020

I’m currently in a non-clinical academic internship (AI)? What should I do?

Update: On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order. Many, if not all non-essential businesses have suspended their services and/or transitioned to remote work. 

  1. Please contact your course instructor as many faculty/departments are working with students to provide as much flexibility and accommodation as allowed to support you without penalty, in regards to alternative experiences/assignments, potentially reducing hours, etc.
  2. It is recommended you check-in with your internship site supervisor to inquire about their current protocol in response to COVID-19 and potential tasks you can do remotely, if possible to continue your internship.  
  3. If you are able to continue your internship remotely, please review and submit the Student Informed Consent form (if you have not already done so) and submit via your mail.sfsu.edu email account to your course instructor and/or to the following:
  • For CHSS & CLCA internship courses submit to Michelle Chu | michelec@sfsu.edu
  • For CoSE & Lam Family CoB internship and Early Fieldwork (non-credential program) courses submit to Eunice Kim | eunicek@sfsu.edu

I currently am taking a course with a community service learning (CSL) component. What does that mean now?

Update: On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order. Many, if not all non-essential businesses have suspended their services and/or transitioned to remote work. 

  1. Please contact your course instructor as many faculty/departments are working with students to provide as much flexibility and accommodation as allowed to support you without penalty, in regards to alternative experiences/assignments, potentially reducing hours, etc. Additionally, many CSL faculty are suspending their CSL component because many activities take place in and with the community– please check-in with your course instructor.
  2. It is recommended you check-in with your site supervisor if you are at a CSL placement site to inquire about their current protocol in response to COVID-19 and inquire potential tasks you can do remotely, if possible. 
  3. If you are able to continue your CSL placement remotely, please review and submit the Student Informed Consent form (if you have not already done so) and submit via your mail.sfsu.edu email account to your course instructor and/or to Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu.

I am currently getting paid for my academic internship and CSL placement. Will I still get paid, if my site transitions to remote work?

  • Please inquire with your site supervisor about their organization’s HR and pay protocol as this will vary site to site.

What if my AI/CSL placement site has declared full closure and remote work is not an option?

  • Please check-in with your site supervisor to inquire about their current protocol in response to COVID-19 and expected date of return to business. Also notify your course instructor to inquire about possible alternative experiences/assignments, potentially reducing hours, etc.
  • If you are receiving pay, we recommend that the you inquire with your site supervisor as to whether or not you will continue to be paid during this time.

What if my internship/SL site remains open and I want to continue to work (physically onsite)?

  • On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order. Many, if not all non-essential businesses have suspended their services and/or transitioned to remote work. As a result, many private employers, including some of the city’s biggest technology companies, have already instituted work-from-home policies. Community agencies and school sites have followed. However, there are organizations that remain open to perform work for an essential business and/or essential government function. At this time all CSL and academic internship placement sites, in which students are receiving academic credit must be transitioned to remote service. Please contact your course instructor to inquire about possible alternative experiences/assignments. 

What resources available for me to access the internet at my home at this time?


FACULTY/STAFF FAQs

Message & Resources

SPRING 2020

What can I tell my students about their non-clinical academic internships (AI), community service learning (CSL), or other community engagement projects?

  • Update: Please note, per guidance from the CSU Chancellors' Office all credit bearing experiential learning, e.g. academic internship and CSL placement sites, must be done remotely or not at all. Should you have any immediate concerns/questions, please contact ICCE:
  • For CHSS & CLCA internship courses: Michelle Chu | michelec@sfsu.edu
  • For CoSE & Lam Family CoB internship and Early Fieldwork (non-credential program) courses: Eunice Kim | eunicek@sfsu.edu
  • For CSL designated courses:  Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu.
  • We recommend that faculty/depts., should adhere as much flexibility and accommodation as allowed to support student without penalty, in regards to alternative assignment/”practice”/and/or professional development or ways to make up the hours, reduce the number of hours, etc.
  • ICCE has been in contact with many AI/CSL site supervisors and they are aware and understand that SF State faculty may be flexible with students earning academic credit through AI/CSL this spring, and they’d like to support and communicate that opportunity as much as possible. Please communicate to your students what is needed from their site supervisors to support this process.
  • If your students are able to continue their internship/service learning remotely with their placement site, see immediate question and answer below.

What if some of my students are able to continue their non-clinical AI and CSL placement remotely?

  • For any students who continue their AI/SL placement remotely, they must have submitted the Student Informed Consent* to their instructor, program coordinator, and/or ICCE. If the student has not submitted the form, please instruct them to sign and submit the form to ICCE before they continue their AI/SL placement. They can submit via their mail.sfsu.edu email account to you and/or to the following:
    • For CHSS & CLCA internship courses: Michelle Chu | michelec@sfsu.edu
    • For CoSE & Lam Family CoB and Early Fieldwork (non-credential program) courses: Eunice Kim | eunicek@sfsu.edu
    • For CSL designated courses:  Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu.

*Please note: During the current transitional period related to COVID-19, University Enterprise Risk Management will waive the “wet” signature requirements and accept electronically-signed (or typed in name) informed consent form but only if the form is attached to a mail.sfsu.edu email address.

What if the AI/SL placement site has declared full closure and remote work is not an option for students?

  • Students are advised to check-in with their site supervisor to inquire about their current protocol in response to COVID-19 and expected date of return to business. Student should also notify their course instructor to inquire alternative assignment/”practice”/and/or professional development or ways to make up the hours, etc.
  • If students are receiving pay, we recommend that the student inquire with their site supervisor as to whether or not they will continue to be paid during this time.

CSL course-related questions

  • We understand that many CSL faculty have chosen to suspend their CSL projects/activities because many activities take place in and with the community, please let us know how we can support you.
  • If I suspend/cancel CSL projects/activities, how will this effect my student's ability to receive CSL hours on their official transcript? Please contact Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu

COMMUNITY PARTNER FAQS

SPRING 2020

Internship & Service Learning Placement Site Supervisors

As you may know, President Mahoney has announced that SF State will move to a remote or virtual teaching environment until May 31 with the possibility of further extension. This will limit the ability of students to physically participate in internships, community-engaged learning, service-learning, or volunteer experiences. Additionally, the variety of closures and cancelations in the community related to COVID-19 will also affect students who are involved in community-based experiences. We encourage you to connect with your interns/service-learners to be able to see where some tasks can continue via remotely to allow students to continue with their internship/service learning projects/programs. 

We appreciate the learning you provide to our students. If you are currently working with SF State students and expect to close, please connect with the faculty member or ICCE as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have planned projects with us and have operations that will be disrupted by cancelation on our part, please do let us know of any deadlines for communication. Thank you.