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Credit Internships

Credit internships are a great opportunity to earn credits while gaining work experience. Many of CSUSM’s academic departments offer credit-bearing internship courses; some are open to non-majors while others are required/restricted courses open only to students in those majors. In order to earn academic credit for an internship experience, you must be enrolled in an internship course*. 

*University internship course available: UNIV 495 - Learn More!

Steps for Securing a Credit Internship

Securing a credit internship takes advance preparation. It is strongly recommended students work with an academic and/or career advisor to learn more about internships related to the major or career objectives.
  • Step 1: Enroll in an internship course

    Enrollment for internship courses are overseen by individual major departments. 

    • For current credit internship courses, refer to the class schedule and currently offered internship courses.

    If your major department does not have a designated internships course, you may be a good candidate for UNIV 495.

    Contact your academic advisor to learn more about course requirements, prerequisites, additional department forms/processes,  major-specific internship credit limitations, and other information.

  • Step 2: Search for credit internship sites and opportunities

    Log on to the database with your CSUSM username and password. To view virtual opportunities, use the "remote" tag in the opportunities section.

    For step-by-step instructions for using the database, see the How to Find an Internship video (login as

    • If you want to work with a particular organization that is not in the database, refer to the steps for requesting a community partner.

  • Step 3: Apply for a credit internship position

    Once you have found a potential internship opportunity through the CSUSM database, follow the specific instructions detailed in the opportunity or site listing. 

    *If you want to work with a particular organization that is not in the database, refer to the steps for requesting a community partner.

    Remember, to apply for an internship listing, use the application instructions or reach out directly to the main contact listed on the site.  Application instructions may ask for a resume, cover letter or portfolio, check out the resources below to help get you started:  

    The Career Center is also great way to get started! They provide guidance with the following and more:

    • Resume and Cover letters
    • Interview Strategies
    • Initial job search tips
    • Cougar Closet
  • Step 4: Internship placement and required forms

    After you have accepted an internship opportunity for credit, you must obtain approval from your internship course instructor. 

    Once you have accepted your internship opportunity AND obtained instructor approval, you may create your internship placement in the S4 database and begin your required compliance forms. 

    For step-by-step instructions follow our: Internship Placement Instructions.

    (If you want to work with a particular organization that is not in the database, refer to the steps for requesting a community partner).

    •  An email copy of your placement and forms will be automatically sent to the internship site supervisor you provided.

  • Step 5: Beginning your internship

    Before attending the first day of your internship, check in with your internship course instructor. 

    Your internship course instructor will provide course internship information such as when you may begin your internship, assignments/projects, timekeeping information, and other important information.

    Make sure to check in frequently with your internship course instructor and internship site supervisor for updates and details regarding your internship.

    If you have submitted a request to work with a site that is not in the database and did not receive confirmation of an established partnership, please visit the Request for a New Community Partner.

For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.