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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. 

    • 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.

    Contact your academic advisor to learn more about course requirements, prerequisites, additional department forms/processes,  major-specific internship credit limitations, and other information.

  • 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

    Once you have found a potential internship opprotuntity through 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.

  • Step 4: Internship placement and required forms.

    After you have accepted an internship opprotunity, you must obtain approval from your internship course instructor. 

    Once you have accepted your internship opprotunity AND obtained instructor approval, you may create your internship placement and begin your required compliance forms. 

    For step by step instrcution follow our: 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).

    •  An email copy of your placement and forms will be automatically sent to the internship site supervisor you provided.

  • Step 5: Begining your internship

    Before attending the first day of your internship, check in with your intenrship course instructor. 

    Your internship course instructor will provide course internship information such as when you may begin your internship, assignments/projects, timekeeping information, and other important information.

    Make sure to check in frequently with your internship course and internship site supervisor for updates and details regarding your internship.

    If you have submitted a request to work with a site that is not in the database and did not receive a confirmation of an established partnership, Please visit the Request for a New Community Partner.


For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.