Thank you for your interest in becoming a partner with SF State and hosting student interns with your organization. When you post an internship (paid and unpaid) opportunity with your organization, many of our students will seek to obtain academic credit (we refer this as an academic internship). 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. The SF State administration has directed ICCE to support the implementation of Academic Senate Policy S17-278.
Academic Internships are a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application, training, and skills development in a professional setting. Academic internships give students opportunities to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide, train and evaluate talent.
Below you will find all the information you need to start hosting SF State students for academic internships.
For Community & Industry Partners
- ICCE staff will reach out to you to obtain the LPSA once you successfully complete ULink registration.
- The LPSA is a formal agreement between SF State and your organization. The agreement specifies expectations for each party and formally indicates how issues of liability and worker’s compensation will be handled. Once signed, the LPSA may be renewed every 5 years by agreement of both parties. Additionally, as outlined in LPSA we will request a copy of your organization’s certificate of insurance (COI).
- Once the LPSA and COI is submitted, your ULink profile will be active and your organization will be labeled as a “University Approved Partner”. With this status, you are able to host students across SF State, in all disciplines excluding clinical and student teaching. You are ready to post your opportunities!
- Should you host a student who is asking to receive academic credit, the student will ask you to review and complete a Learning Plan with you.
HELP? For more information, please see FAQ’s below or contact Eunice Kim | firstname.lastname@example.org for Early Field Work Programs, College of Business, and College of Science & Engineering. Michelle Chu | email@example.com for College of Health & Social Sciences (HSS) and College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Verifying internship hours completed; and,
- Allowing interns to meet with their supervisors and receive feedback on their activities on a regular basis;
- Providing a workplace orientation to the student including safety and emergency procedures;
- Providing training and consistent guidance and supervision by a professional staff member;
- Permitting, as needed, a SF State staff member to conduct a site visit prior to the student commencing internship work;
- Ensuring a safe and appropriate learning environment; and,
- Ensuring the internship position consists of pre-professional or professionally-related work assignments and tasks.
- Additional requirements may apply, pending on the department/program that the student is enrolled in (e.g. evaluation form).
- Academic internship duties may include assignments that support a business, but if that is the primary motivation for recruiting a student, then an unpaid internship is probably not right for you.
- For-profit organizations can only offer unpaid internships that are in compliance with the FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, FACT SHEET #71 describes seven parameters which, when met, allow an internship to be unpaid.
- At SF State, we are concerned with ensuring our students receive learning experiences relevant to their academic majors, and are placed in safe work environments. In order for students to earn academic credit, employers should design the internship as a learning experience and be prepared to dedicate staff resources to train, teach, mentor, and guide the intern. If you wish to recruit an intern purely to help your business you should provide compensation of minimum wage or above, per State regulations.