Non-credit internships are opportunities for students to gain career exploration and short-term work experience without enrolling in an internship course.
*For more information about internship courses please see, Credit Internships.
Benefits of a Non-Credit Internship Opprotunity:
Obtaining an internship takes advanced preparation. Consider the following questions prior to searching for internships:
In addition, consider:
For more information about preparing for an internship, see the Student Intern Handbook.
Non-credit internships can be paid or non-paid, based on type of employer. Non-profits are not required to pay interns per the US Department of Labor. Businesses and for-profit organizations must provide interns with compensation and/or participate in a credit internship.
In addition, watch the Internship Safety Orientation.
Once you have found a potential internship opprotuntity through Handshake or the CSUSM database, follow the specific instructions detailed in the opportunity or site listing.
See the Career Center for assistance in resume review, cover letters, interviews and more.
*If you want to work with a particular organization that is not in the database, refer to the steps for requesting a community partner.
Application deadlines vary on the organization type. Government agencies and larger companies typically recruit students 6 months up to a year prior to the internship start date. Some businesses and non-profit organizations will recruit several weeks prior to the internship start date. For exact deadlines, research organizations you are considering applying to in the future.
For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.