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Offered Internship Courses

The Office of Internships 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: See 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. 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. Contact Biotechnology program advising for more information. 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. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

BIOT 681 A/B: Stem-Cell Internship (12 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 workloadd. Contact the Biotechnology advising department for more information. 

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

Faculty sponsored academic internship in community service. 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 or MASS major in any combination from 495 and 499. Also offered as MASS 495. Students may not receive credit for both. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 required. 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. 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 history. See the History advising department for more information. 

KINE 495: Internship in Kinesiology (3 units) 

Practical application of principles related to Kinesiology in a 90-hour internship approved by student’s faculty adviser. 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. For more information, see: Liberal Studies

MASS 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. 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. 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. See the Master of Public Health website for more information. 

PSCI 495C: Political Science Internship (3 units)

Program of study, research, and work in connection with a government agency or private group concerned with public policy. 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. 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. For more information, see: Theater Arts

UNIV 495: Internships (1-6 units)

Internship course offered by the Office of Internships & 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. 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. See the Visual and Performing Arts website for more information. 

VSAR 495C: Visual Arts Internship (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. See the Visual Arts website for more information. 

WGSS 495: Internship in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (1-5 units)

Combines readings with placement in an appropriate social justice or women’s advocacy organization, public, private, or nonprofit. For more information, see: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies