Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Internships 2022-2023
- Are students allowed to intern on-site?
Yes. On-site internships are allowable provided all current public health guidelines are followed by the organization and the student.
- How do we know if an internship is remote?
The database has been updated with the tag “REMOTE” for finding remote internships. Type “remote” into the keyword box to search. We continue to secure additional remote internships. Students may also contact organizations in the database not tagged as “remote” and inquire if they would be willing to host an intern remotely.
- What if a student is uncomfortable at an on-site location?
Students enrolled in experiential learning courses, including internships, should be given a virtual learning option—to the extent allowed by accrediting and credentialing bodies—to complete their course work. This is especially important for majors that require experiential learning. A virtual learning option might be an alternative class or alternative learning assignments. Virtual learning options are determined by the major department and/or faculty supervisor.
- If students choose to participate on-site, will they receive COVID-19 safety training?
Yes. All students doing an internship, remote or on-site, must receive COVID-19 safety training consistent with federal, state, local, and CSU guidance and/or mandates as part of their orientation prior to participating in the experiential learning. This training is embedded in the regular online student placement process via the internship database.
- Is there additional documentation to collect from students because of COVID-19?
Yes. All students engaged in experiential learning must sign an acknowledgment that they have been informed of and understand the risks to their own health presented by COVID-19. This is embedded in the regular online student placement process via the internship database.
- Should faculty instruct students to contact us to ask if their internship site is
No. Students are informed of COVID-19 guidelines and expectations as part of the student placement process. In addition to being informed of public health orders, students are instructed to inquire about what their workplace protocols.
- Can we still request new community partners if we want our students to work with an
organization not already in the database?
Yes. The new community partner application has been updated to obtain confirmation that the site is in compliance with all current Federal, State and County Public health guidelines. Direct prospective community partners to apply to become a community partner as usual. Faculty continue to use the Request Community Partner form if you wish to work with an organization not yet in the database.
PLEASE NOTE: Deadlines to submit new requests are August 1 for the Fall semester, May 1 for the Summer sessions and December 1 for the Spring semester.
Database Course Setup
- Where do I access the Internship Database?
The Internship database is found in the Internship website.
- How do I work with a community partner that is not in the database?
Complete the Request Community Partner form and an application automatically will be emailied to the organization.
- How can I learn more about the database (S4)?
The Faculty User Guide has detailed instructions for navigating the internship database (S4).
- Where can I get more information on how to offer an internship?
- Are students allowed to intern at a site if it is not in the internship database?
- If the internship is unpaid students may not intern at a site that is not in the database because there is no University Community Partner Agreement. A University Community Partnership Agreement is important because it ensures students are covered by the University’s liability coverage, as well as establishes guidelines and policies for a quality internship experience. Use the Request Community Partner form if you wish to work with an organization not yet in the database.
- If the internship pays at least minimum wage, students may intern at a site that is not in the database because a University Community Partner Agreement is not required as workers’ comp and professional liability is the employer’s responsibility.