For Students - Internships for Academic Credit

ICCE provides administrative support and placement opportunities for students in non-clinical academic internships (AI). 

SF State defines a for-credit academic internship (paid or unpaid) as a structured and supervised professional work experience that is directly related to a student's major field of study or career interest. This learning opportunity is a mutual partnership between the student, internship site supervisor, and course instructor. Many SF State academic departments offer credit-bearing internship courses. SF State course instructors will determine specific course guidelines, requirements and administer course credit. All academic internships must be pre-approved and students must be enrolled in an academic internship course (1 or more units). 

International students with F-1 visa status must be authorized by the Office of International Programs (OIP) and complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in order to participate in an academic internship. Other non-immigrant visa holders (i.e. H-4, J-2, etc.) must adhere to their visa regulations. 


Steps to finding an internship and receive academic credit 

  • Contact your department/program internship coordinator for eligibility, requirements, and permission to enroll in course. For assistance finding an academic internship course or looking for opportunities, contact icce@sfsu.edu
  1. Register/Log-in to ULink, SF State's online community engagement portal. 

  2. Search and apply for internship opportunities in ULink .

    • Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process in finding opportunities.

    • Note: If you secure an internship with an organization not listed in ULink, refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide to "Request Placement with Non-Contracted Site".

  3. Confirm with your course instructor that your internship meets course requirements and eligibility to earn academic credit. 

  • You will need to review and sign the Student Informed Consent & COVID-19 Info. Packet before begin your internship. This packet will be sent you from ICCE via DocuSign.
  • Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process of how you can activate your DocuSign account and how to request ICCE to send the Student Informed Consent & COVID-19 Info. Packet via DocuSign.  
A “learning plan” is a document that captures information which will help you, your internship site supervisor, and course instructor to have an understanding of the following: 
  • Course and internship site information
  • Service/work objectives: Summarizes your primary responsibilities/the type of work that you will be doing, and the specific tasks to be completed by the end of the internship.
  • Learning objectives: ways in which site placement connects with your in-class learning
  • Work schedule
  • Additional information specific to your course/department/program.
Refer to your course instructor for guidance. In many cases, your course instructor/program will have a customized “Learning Plan” specific to your course/program that they will ask you to complete, review and sign. You do not need to submit a copy of your Learning Plan to ICCE. 
 
  • Once you confirm your placement, you will be able to log-in your completed hours in ULink. This function is only available with registered organizations in ULink. Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide (guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab below). This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process as to how you can link your profile with your site organization and how to log-in your hours.


Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage students to log into ULink and browse the available opportunities with our existing community partners first. If you have confirmed an internship with an organization currently not listed in ULink, you must complete a "Student Placement Request for Non-Contracted Site" form in ULink. Refer to the ULink & Site Placement Student User Guide .This guide provides a roadmap and detailed step-by-step process. This Guide can be found in the "Quick Links" tab. 

ICCE is in charge of facilitating the risk management process for non-clinical academic internships to promote safe and positive learning experiences. The time approval is dependent upon the organization's ability to complete the required steps and documentation. To check on the status of a pending site, contact icce@sfsu.edu

Visit Career Services & Leadership Development for help with your internship application materials (e.g. cover letter, resume, interview skills, etc.) 

Visit SF State's  digital community engagement portal, ULink, to search and apply for opportunities with 440+ diverse organizations. Email icce@sfsu.edu or attend virtual drop-in hours for technical assistance. 

In collaboration with the Graduate College of Education (GCOE), The Education Advising Community Hub (TEACH), ICCE is hosting orientations for current and prospective EFW students. This orientation will provide general information about EFW, credential pathways, and preliminary requirements for the EFW experience. For more information, refer to staff contact list

Each internship opportunity is different. Students should work with their site supervisor and course instructor to develop a feasible work schedule while fulfilling course requirements to earn academic credit.

Internship timelines vary depending on opportunity type, course requirements, and employer needs. Students should work with their site supervisor and course instructor to develop a feasible work schedule with a start date and end date. 

Yes, please visit SF State's digital community engagement portal, ULink to search for opportunities. Please check in with your course instructor to ensure that your internship fulfills course requirements and eligibility to earn academic credit. 

Yes, hours and credits will be determined by the course instructor. Please also make sure your internship opportunity fulfills the course requirements by checking in with your course instructor. Contact icce@sfsu.edu for assistance finding an internship course, meeting university requirements and/or securing an internship.