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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Internships & COVID-19 

Based on State and public health orders, Chancellor’s Office directives, and Risk Management counsel, the following campus guidelines have been established to help navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines are subject to change should State and public health instructions so require.

  • 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. However, students are encouraged to find a remote internship to avoid abrupt changes to their learning environment should State and public health orders change and prevent them from interning at their selected location.
  • Will internship courses be able to meet up on campus?

    No. All academic components of the internship normally conducted in the classroom (i.e., class meetings; Career Center workshops; etc.) must be delivered entirely online regardless if the experiential learning portion is on-site or remote.
  • How do we know if an internship is remote?

    The database has been updated with the tag “REMOTE” for finding remote internships. Currently, there are 88 community partners offering remote internships; obviously, not all of them will be appropriate for every major. 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.
  • When students contact an internship site and find a placement, do they need to make sure the internship supervisor fills out the online compliance form by sending them the information?

    No. Confirming COVID-19 compliance for community partners is not the responsibility of students, but rather is the Career Center Director’s responsibility. The student will need to complete their student placement which has the COVID-19 training in it. The Career Center Director will run a report of all the Internship placements and check to ensure that each one of them has either a recent agreement with COVID-19 language embedded, or an old agreement with a completed COVID-19 compliance form.
  • Should faculty instruct students to contact us to ask if their internship site is COVID-19 safe?

    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 regarding COVID-19, e.g. temperature checks, hand sanitizer stations, etc. If the site is open, it should be following public health orders; however, the Career Center Director will contact all sites that have a CSUSM intern to get that confirmation.
  • Are students permitted to do an on-site internship in another state or country?

    Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, on-site internships outside the State of California are currently prohibited. Possible exceptions will be considered for students who reside out-of-state. Students should contact us at internships@csusm.edu. The Career Center Director will assess exceptions with the Risk Management Director on a case-by-case.
  • 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.

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