Academic Internships – Community/Industry Partners

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) develops sustainable community partnerships with 440+ diverse organizations in public and private sectors across California and the nation to connect campus and community. Our goal is to connect you with our students and faculty members to collaborate in ways that fulfill your organizational mission and goals. These opportunities also provide valuable learning experiences to our students through a structured and supervised professional work experience that is directly related to a student's major field or study or career interest. Each student typically devotes a minimum of 120 hours over the course of a semester with specific goals and learning outcomes agreed upon by all three parties: student, course instructor, and site supervisor. 

Note: ICCE only governs non-clinical, academic internship courses. The below processes do not apply to teacher preparation (credential) placeemnts or clinical placements including social work, nursing, counseling, physical therapy or occupational therapy. 


Update: Placements during COVID-19


For Community Partners in Public and Private Sectors

  • Register as an "Organization" onULINK, our free, digital community engagement platform utilized by SF State students and faculty/staff members. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email. For tehnical assistance, contact icce@sfsu.edu.  
  • An ICCE representative will follow-up with you and a site visit may be needed. Due to COVID-19, all site visits will be conducted either via phone call or Zoom. 
  • Complete and sign the LEARNING PLACEMENT SITE AGREEMENT (LPSA)
  • The LPSA is a formal agreement specifying expectations and responsibilities for both SF State and your organization. The LPSA is valid for 5 years upon renewal. 
  • An ICCE representative will provide a confirmation email with a copy of the LPSA signed by both parties. Your ULink account will be approved and your organization will be listed on the ULink directory.  

SPEAK WITH A COORDINATOR DURING VIRTUAL DROP-IN HOURS

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

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

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

Glendie Domingo | glendie@sfsu.edu for College of Ethnic Studies (CoETHS) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, ULINKis our digital community engagement platform utilized by SF State 3000+ students and 90+ faculty/staff members. ULink is a one-stop shop for students seeking internship and service opportunities throughout the year. The best way to advertise and recruit students is by posting on this platform. We also utilize ULink to ensure students are placed at safe learning sites by screening each organization and opportunity that is posted. 

Partner with SF State and take advantage of ICCE's services to increase your impact in the community by drawing on the talents and time of faculty, staff, and students. Post opportunities on ULINKand recruit students at no cost! Additionally, schedule recruiting visits and attend campus events. By collaborating with faculty/staff and students, your organization can increase capacity to achieve strategic goals, bolster your organization's reputation, and help address skills gap by assisting to prepare the new generation of students entering the workforce.  

The best times to post opportunities and recruit are: 
  • For Spring Semester (January - May) - Post on ULink by December
  • For Summer Smester (June - August) - Post on ULink by May 
  • For Fall Semester (August - December) - Post on ULink by July 

Please review learning site responsibilities outlined in theLEARNING PLACEMENT SITE AGREEMENT (LPSA)Note: additional responsibilities may be applicable depending on opportunity, course requirements, changes in public health guidelines and directives, eetc. 

  • At SF State, we are concerned with ensuring our students receive quality learning experiences relevant to their academic majors or career interests, 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. 
  • 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.
In order for a student to receive academic credit for their internship, the organization should be registered with ULINK. Students will need to be linked with an opportunity and record their hours in order to receive academic credit. You do not have to recruit or host other students.
Academic interns typically devote a minimum of 120 hours a semester and seek structured and supervised professional work experiences that are directly related to their major field of study or career interests. 
Service learners typically devote ~20-30 hours a semester and their goal is utilize classroom theory to address community-based issues, thereby strengthening their understanding of social justice, developing civic and social responsibility, and re-evaluation their personal values and beliefs.