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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*. 

*New 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. Contact your academic advisor learn more about course requirements, prerequisites, supplemental department forms/processes, recommended internship placement sites, major-specific internship credit limitations, and other pertinent information.

    • 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.

  • Step 2: Search for internship sites and opportunities

    Log on to the database with your CSUSM username and password. For step-by-step instructions for using the database, see the Internship Placement Presentation.  

    • 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 an internship position

    Follow the specific instructions detailed in the opportunity or site listing. An internship site may use varying screening methods, including written application, resume review, CV, interviews, etc. See the Career Center for additional assistance. (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 4: Finish 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. (If you want to work with a particular organization that is not in the database, refer to the steps for requesting a community partner).

    • All required internship forms will become available once a site and/or opportunity has been selected in the database.  A copy of your placement will be automatically sent to the site supervisor email you provide in the form. 

    This completes your internship placement. 

  • Step 5: Check in with your course instructor

    Your course instructor will provide course internship information such as a starting date, assignments/projects, timekeeping information, and other pertinent course information.

    If you have submitted a request to work with a site that is not in the database and do not receive a confirmation of an established partnership, you may still proceed with your internship with the following steps:

    1. Ensure the internship site is approved by your faculty adviser.
    2. Make a placement in the database under the site, “Pending Approval from Office of Internships”.
    3. Know that by proceeding with this internship, you assume full responsibility and liability while interning at the unapproved site. It is important to review the University Liability Waiver during the placement process.

For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.