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Short Term Employment OR Internship?

An internship is defined by ALL of the following Department of Labor requirements:

1)      The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;

 This will require you to enter into a formal agreement with the Office of Internships.

2)      The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;

 This requires defined learning outcomes for the student.

3)      The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;

 The intern must be supervised at all times.

4)      The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

 Immediate advantages are defined as economic including monetary and client based.  There may be occasions where it costs you more to host an intern than the intern produces.

5)      The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and

6)      The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the company.

This only applies to non-paid internships.

If your opportunity meets ALL of these requirements, you will post it as an internship with the Cal State San Marcos’ Office of Internships:


If not, please post with Career Center via CougarJOBS: and select “short term employment” as position type when posting once logged into your account.

The Career Center understands that due to these new definitions, long time partners may have to transition to The Office of Internships.  The Career Center is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.  Please contact Mine Her, Career Center, Employer Relations Specialist, or 760-750-4967 with any questions or concerns.