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Credit and Non-Credit Internships

To begin your internship placement, select the internship you will be completing:
credit internship
non-credit internship


Steps for securing a credit internship:

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. Contact the faculty member of your internship course to determine course requirements, supplemental department forms/processes, recommended internship placement sites, major-specific internship credit limitations, and other pertinent guidance.
  1. Enroll in an internship course. For current credit internship courses, refer to the class schedule and current offered internship courses
  2. Search for internship sites and opportunities.
  3. Consult with your faculty supervisor about learning objectives and appropriateness of the internship opportunity.
  4. Apply for an internship position by following the specific instructions detailed in the opportunity listing.
      • An internship site may use varying screening methods, including written application, resume review, CV, interviews, etc.
  5. Create your internship placement. After you have secured a faculty-approved internship placement, log on to database and create your internship placement by referring to the Placement Instruction Presentation PDF.
  6. Check with your faculty advisor for additional forms and requirements.
      • For example, you may also be asked to log your hours on a time sheet.

Steps for securing a non-credit internship: 

  1. Search for internship sites and opportunities.
      • Log on to the database with your CSUSM username and password.
      • Non-credit internships on the database are listed as "non-academic internships."
      • Search for internships by clicking the "Opportunities" tab and entering keywords. Keywords can include terms such as majors, social issues, industry type, age range (i.e. children/youth, adolescents/teens, seniors/elders), type of service, etc. Students can also search for specific community partners by searching under the "Sites" tab.
  2. Review the posted internship opportunities. In addition, watch the Internship Safety Orientation.
  3. Apply for the internship position by following the specific instructions detailed in the position listing.
      • The positions may use varying screening methods including written application, resume review, interviews, etc.
  4. Make your placement. After you have secured an internship placement, follow the instructions to make your non-credit internship placement on the database.

Requesting a Community Partner

In order for a student to complete an internship at a site, there must be a valid Community Partnership Agreement in effect between the site and the university. If you want to work with a particular organization that is not on the database, you may fill out a request to have them added.

  1. Consult with your faculty supervisor to discuss if the organization is an appropriate site to complete your hours.
  2. Once you receive approval from your supervisor, fill out a Request Community Partner form. Please make sure the contact information is correct before submitting.
  3. Once your request is received and evaluated, we will reach out to the organization to establish a partnership. At this time, please keep in touch with the organization to make sure they are completing the necessary paperwork and submitting it to our office.
  4. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, the site will be added to the database and you will be able to make your placement. 

This process can take several weeks; the sooner a student consults their faculty supervisor and fills out a request form, the sooner our office will be able to reach out to the organization.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Internships.