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. 

Update: Fall 2020 Information

Steps for Academic Internship Courses

  • 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
  1. Search and apply for internship opportunities on ICCE's digital engagement platform, ULINK. For technical assistance, contact
  2. Confirm with your course instructor that your internship meets course requirements and eligibility to earn academic credit. 

Note: If you secure an internship with an organization not listed on ULINK, contact to obtain approval. Provide the organization name, site supervisor name, and site supervisor contact information (phone & email). We will do our best to expedite this process, but the time to approval will depend upon the organization's ability to complete the risk management process. 


For academic internship support, please review FAQs below or contact the respective coordinator:  

Eunice Kim | for Early Field Work Programs (EFW), College of Business (COB), and College of Science & Engineering (COSE).

Michelle Chu | for College of Health & Social Sciences (CHSS) and College of Liberal & Creative Arts (CLCA). 

Glendie Domingo | for College of Ethnic Studies (CoETHS) 

Frequently Asked Questions

ICCE is in charge of facilitating the risk management process for non-clinical academic internships to promote safe and positive learning experiences. The time to 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
Visit Career Services & Leadership Development for help with your internship application materials (e.g. cover letter, resume, interview skills, etc.) 
Visit ICCE's digital engagement portal, ULink, to search and apply for opportunities with 440+ diverse organizations. Email or attend virtual drop-in hours for technical assistance. 
In collaboration with the Gradaute College of Education (GCOE), The Education Advising Community Hub (TEACH), ICCE is hosting mandatory orientations for current and prospective EFW students. This orientation will provide general information about EFW, credential pathways, and preliminary requirements for the EFW experience. Contact the EFW Coordinator, Eunice Kim, at for more information. 

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 ICCE'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 for assitance finding an internship course, meeting university requirements and/or securing an internship.