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Offered Internship Courses

The Career Center 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, COBA Senior Experience, and Nursing students: Contact your academic department for internship opportunities. 


AIS 498: Internship in an American Indian Community (3 units)

Capstone of the Native Studies minor. Designed to equip students for service to native communities. Students will be expected to provide faculty-monitored service with institutions serving reservation or urban native communities, such as (but not limited to) schools, libraries, clinics, urban service centers, youth programs, and study projects supervised by native entities (such as environmental studies). Students will turn in a portfolio reporting on all their activities during their internship. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of American Indian Studies Department Chair. For more information, see: American Indian Studies

AMD 495: Internship (1-3 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. For more information, see: Art, Media and Design

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. May be repeated for a maximum of six (6) units, but only three (3) units can be applied toward the major. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. 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. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units, but only four (4) units may be applied toward the major. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for BIOL 497. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

BIOT 498: Stem-Cell Internship (12 units)

A laboratory experience in which students follow a plan developed with the internship supervisor that is regularly evaluated by the course instructor. Internship plans include specialized goals unique to the host laboratory. A final written report is required. Participation in a weekly one-hour seminar at CSUSM is required. May be repeated three (3) times. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 210 and BIOL 211. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

BIOT 681A: Internship/Semester in Residence/Project (4 units)

Provides industry experience in commercial Research and Development under the guidance of faculty and direct supervision by a company manager. The student will establish/accomplish goals, communicate work/project progress, acquire broad organization insight, and demonstrate core competencies required for the degree. The experience will culminate in a written project document and an oral presentation to fellow students, faculty, and company representatives on assigned work and project. The number of units depends upon project workload. Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to students who have been admitted to the Professional Master’s Degree in Biotechnology. Prerequisite(s): BIOT 680A or BIOT 680B. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

BIOT 681B: Internship/Semester in Residence/Project (5 units)

Provides industry experience in commercial Research and Development under the guidance of faculty and direct supervision by a company manager. The student will establish/accomplish goals, communicate work/project progress, acquire broad organization insight, and demonstrate core competencies required for the degree. The experience will culminate in a written project document and an oral presentation to fellow students, faculty, and company representatives on assigned work and project. The number of units depends upon project workload. Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to students who have been admitted to the Professional Master’s Degree in Biotechnology. Prerequisite(s): BIOT 680A or BIOT 680B. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

BRS 495: Internship for Border Studies (1- 3 units)

Faculty sponsored academic internship in community service. May be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) units. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Enrollment restricted to students with Junior or Senior standing. For more information, see: Liberal Studies - Border Studies option.

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 major in any combination from 495 and 499. Students majoring in COMM strongly advised to enroll in COMM 495 (not MASS 495). Students may not receive credit for both. Also offered as MASS 495. Enrollment restricted to Communication or Media Studies majors, who have been placed in an internship. Recommendedmpreparation: COMM 330 or COMM 440 or COMM 441 or COMM 355 or COMM 456. Prerequisite(s): COMM 100. 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.

ENVS 495: Internship in Environmental Studies (1-6 units)

Research, or work in connection with an organization concerned with environmental issues. May be repeated for credit for a total of six 6 units. Enrollment restricted to Environmental Studies majors who have obtained consent of instructor. Prerequisite(s): ENVS 100. For more information, see: Environmental Science

FMST 495: Internship in Film Studies (3 units)

Combines readings with work experience in an appropriate film studies organization. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of supervising faculty member and Film Studies Coordinator. For more information, see: Film Studies

GBST 495: Internship (1-5 units)

Program of study, research, and work in connection with a governmental institution, an inter-governmental organization, or a non-governmental organization concerned with global affairs. May be repeated for credit for a total of six 6 units. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. For more information, see: Global Studies Department

GEOG 491: Geospatial Analysis Internship (3 units)

Career-related program of study, research, and work performed at an off-campus government agency or private group concerned with geospatial analysis. Students will be supervised both on-site and by the course instructor. Grading Basis: Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment is restricted to students who have received consent of instructor. For more information, see: Geography website. 

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.May be repeated for a total of six 6 units, but no more than three (3) units of credit may be applied toward the major. Prerequisite(s): HD 304, and 12 units from concentration/option units completed. See the Human Development website for more information. 

HIST 393: Experiential Learning for Future Teachers (1 units)

Prepares prospective history teachers through independent study, directed readings, and experiential learning under the guidance of an instructor, with special emphasis on using technology in the history classroom. Requires minimum of 35 hours teaching experience. Several short analytical papers requiredEnrollment Requirements: Enrollment Requirement: Restricted to Social Science Waiver Program students who have received consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): EDUC 350. See the History advising department 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. May be repeated for a total of three (3) units. Arranged upon request through the History discipline. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of supervising faculty and discipline advisor. Enrollment Requirement: Fifteen (15) units of upper-division History work.  See the History advising department for more information. 

HIST 510: Experientail Learning in Public History  (3 units)

Introduction to the field of public history, combining graduate level training in the theory and methods of public history with a minimum of 30 hours of an internship in a field placement. Considers issues in archival techniques, museum exhibition, oral history, historical preservation, and local historyMay be repeated for a total of six 6 units. Enrollment restricted to graduate students; advanced undergraduates need consent of instructor to enroll. See the History advising department for more information. 

KINE 495: Internship in Kinesiology (1-3 units) 

Practical application of principles related to Kinesiology in a 90-hour internship approved by student’s faculty adviser. May be repeated once for credit. Grading Basis: Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment restricted to students with Senior standing in last year of Program who have applied for graduation and have obtained consent of their faculty advisor. See the Kinesiology website for more information. 

LBST 395 : Internship for Liberal Studies(1-3 units)

Faculty-sponsored academic internship in community service or education.May be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) units. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. For more information, see: Liberal Studies

MDIA 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. 

MATH 495: Internships in Mathematics (1-3 units)

Faculty-sponsored academic internship in business, industrial, government, research firm, or university labs and centers. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.  For more information, see: Department of Mathematics.

MUSC 495: Internship (1-3 units)

Intended to provide students with the opportunity to work directly with selected and approved individual artist or group of artists as field, creative, or studio experience. May be repeated for a total of six 6 units. Grading Basis: Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.  For more information, see: School of Arts Music Curriculum

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. May be repeated once for credit. Grading Basis: Credit/No Credit or Report in Progress (RP).   Enrollment restricted to Public Health graduate students. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core courses – PH 501, PH 502, PH 503, PH 504, PH 505, PH 506, and PH 507. See the Master of Public Health website for more information. 

PSCI 494 - Senior Seminar in Political Science (3 units)

Capstone course integrates previous PSCI coursework in political science. Required for all Political Science majors and must be taken in the last year upon successful completion of the Political Science core courses. Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to Political Science majors with senior status who have obtained consent of instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 301, PSCI 331, PSCI 350, and PSCI 370 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better. See the Political Science website for more information. 

PSCI 495: Political Science Internship (1-5 units)

Program of study, research, and work in connection with a government agency or private group concerned with public policy. May be repeated for credit for a total of twelve (12) units in any combination of units from PSCI 495A- PSCI 495F, PSCI 498A-PSCI 498C, and PSCI 499A-PSCI 499C,but only nine (9) units may count toward the major; minors may repeat for credit for a total of nine (9) units in any combination of units from PSCI 495A- PSCI 495F, PSCI 498A-PSCI 498C, and PSCI 499A-PSCI 499C, but only six (6) units may count toward the minor. Grading Basis: Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. 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. May be repeated, but no more than three (3) units of credit may be applied toward the major. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. Specific sections of this course may carry additional prerequisites. Enrollment Requirements: Enrollment Requirement: Nine (9) units of upper-division psychology courses. 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.

TA 495: Internships (1-3 units)

Designed to link the student directly with a selected and approved theater or individual for the purpose of providing additional creative and/or studio skills as sell as a practical understanding of the discipline. May be repeated for a total of six 6 units. Grading Basis: Graded Credit/No Credit. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. For more information, see: Theater Arts

UNIV 495: Internships (1-6 units)

Internship course offered by the Career Center & Undergraduate Studies. UNIV495 is a supervised learning experience designed to give students opportunities to: work with professionals in a chosen field where they apply academic concepts and principles to real-world problems and issues, showcase talents and capabilities to prospective employers, gain essential resume-building experience, and grow a network with valuable professional contacts. May be repeated for a combined total of 6 (six) units. Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to students who are unable to enroll in a departmental internship course and have obtained consent of instructor. For more information, see UNIV495: Internships

VPA 495A Visual and Performing Arts Internship (1-3 units)

Special projects in the arts that focus on work experience with arts organizations, schools, and other community institutions. May be repeated for a total of three (3) units. Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor. See the Visual and Performing Arts website for more information.  

WGSS 495: Internship in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (1-6 units)

Combines readings with placement in an appropriate social justice or women’s advocacy organization, public, private, or nonprofit. May be repeated for a total of nine (9) units in any combination of units from WGSS 495A-F. May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for: WMST 495A-F. For more information, see: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course and enrollment information is from the 2020-21 Course Catalog