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Offered Internship Courses

The Office of Internships currently oversees placements for the following majors and programs. Class availability will vary and may not offered each semester. If your major doesn't provide an internship course, contact your major adviser to request more information. 

* Master of Social Work, School of Education, and Nursing students: See your academic department for internship opportunities. 


 BIOL 495: Internship in Biology (3 units)

Career-related laboratory and/or field experience in private industry and public agencies. All participants utilize learning agreements. A final written report is required. Students will be supervised both on site and by the course instructor. Includes participation in a one hour seminar each week. The learning agreement form must be completed and signed prior to enrollment. Contact the Biology advising department for more information. 

BIOT 497: Internship in Biotechnology (4 units)

Career-related experience in private industry, government agency, and/ or public sector. All participants utilize learning agreements. A final written report is required. Students will be supervised both on site and by the course instructor. The learning agreement must be completed and signed prior to enrollment. Contact Biotechnology program advising for more information. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

COMM 495: Communication Internship (3 units)

Provides students with opportunities to examine organizational, intercultural, mediated, and other modes of communication during routine work activities in private and public enterprises outside of the classroom setting. Students complement classroom and laboratory learning with that of the work world. Internships may be paid or unpaid. May be repeated for credit for a total of six (6) units toward the COMM or MASS major in any combination from 495 and 499. Also offered as MASS 495. Students may not receive credit for both. See the Communications website for more information.

CS 495: Internship in Computer Science (3 units)

Faculty-sponsored academic internship in business, industrial, government, or research firm. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of faculty sponsor. See the Computer Science advising department for more information.

HD 495: Field Experience in Human Development (3 units)

Supervised experience providing service in health and human services setting. Students will spend approximately eight (8) hours per week, for a minimum of 90 hours during the semester, in a child, adolescent and/ or adult human services organization. Students will participate in service delivery, conduct observations, attend weekly class meetings, read related material and prepare written reports. See the Human Development website for more information. 

HIST 495C: Internships in History (3 units)

On-site work for a historical agency such as an archive or museum, or providing historical research for a business or public agency. Requires assigned readings in theory and historical background, and a sustained project. See the History website for more information. 

KINE 495: Internship in Kinesiology (3 units) 

Practical application of principles related to Kinesiology in a 90-hour internship approved by student’s faculty adviser. See the Kinesiology website for more information. 

MASS 495: Mass Media Internship (3 units)

Provides students with opportunities to examine organizational, intercultural, mediated, and other modes of communication during routine work activities in private and public enterprises outside of the classroom setting. Students complement classroom and laboratory learning with that of the work world. Internships may be paid or unpaid. May be repeated for credit for a total of six (6) units toward the COMM or MASS major in any combination from 495 and 499. Also offered as COMM 495. Students may not receive credit for both. See the Mass Media website for more information. 

PH 693: Master of Public Health Internship (3 units)

Practical application of principles related to Public Health in a supervised 180-hour internship experience approved by the Public Health Internship Coordinator. See the Master of Public Health website for more information. 

PSCI 495C: Political Science Internship (3 units)

Program of study, research, and work in connection with a government agency or private group concerned with public policy. See the Political Science website for more information. 

PSYC 495: Field Experience in Psychological Settings (3 units)

Historical, philosophical, and scientific background of Psychology; major traditions and conceptual issues. This is a capstone course and should be taken by psychology majors in their final semester at CSUSM. See the Psychology website for more information. 

SOC 494: Internship in Criminology and Justice Studies (4 units)

Internship that allows for a consideration of crime, law, social control, and/or social justice. Requires 100 hours of supervised service in a government agency, community, or grassroots organization, and attendance in a weekly seminar. Focuses upon the analysis of internship experiences in light of criminological and justice studies theories and concepts, issues of professionalization, and methods of social change. Restricted to Criminology and Justice Studies majors of senior status. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Prerequisites: SOC 311 and SOC 325. See the Sociology website for more information.

SOC 495: Capstone Seminar in Community Service (4 units)

Selective placement of students in work-study situations in organizations which provide service to the local community. Includes participation in a coordinating seminar and producing a written analysis of the organization that demonstrates mastery of learning objectives for the major. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Prerequisites: SOC 320 or 325 and either SOC 311 or 313 or 315. See the Sociology website for more information.

VPA 495A (1 unit) 495B (2 units) 495C (3 units):  Visual and Performing Arts Internship

Special projects in the arts that focus on work experience with arts organizations, schools, and other community institutions. See the Visual and Performing Arts website for more information. 

VSAR 495C: Visual Arts Internship (3 units)

Intended to enable eligible students to work directly with selected and approved individual artist or group of artists in creative and/or studio environment. See the Visual Arts website for more information.