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Non-Credit Internships

Non-credit internships are great opportunites for career exploration and gaining short-term work experience.

Additional benefits include:

  • Engaging in network opportunities
  • Gaining team building experience
  • Handling conflict and pressure in the workplace effectively
  • Enhancing your people and customer service skills
  • Creating a competitive edge
  • Learning to communicate with various audiences
  • Having exposure to a diverse group of individuals

Steps for securing a non-credit internship

  • Step 1: Determine your internship goals

    Obtaining an internship takes advanced preparation. Consider the following questions prior to searching for internships:

    • What are your specific career interests?
    • What do you want to gain from the internship?
    • What type of organizations are you interested in?


    In addition, consider: 

    • Making an appointment with a career advisor to explore your options. 
    • Asking your social and professional networks about internship opportunities.
    • Attending the CSUSM Internship and Career Fairs to learn about internships in your field.
    • Researching companies, careers and future trends in your field of interest


    For more information about preparing for an internship, see the Student Intern Handbook

  • Step 2: Search for internship sites and opportunities

    The CSUSM Internship Database is a great place to start your search. Log in using your CSUSM username and password.

    • Search for internships either by sites  (organizations) or opportunities (specific listings). Search by keywords, location, social issues, industry type, age range (i.e. children/youth, adolescents/teens, seniors/elders), type of service, etc. 

    Non-credit internships can be paid or non-paid. Non-profits are not required to pay interns per the US Department of Labor. Businesses and for-profit organizations must provide interns with compensation and/or participate in a credit internship

    In addition, watch the Internship Safety Orientation.

  • Step 3: Apply and secure an internship

    Follow the specific instructions detailed in the position listing. The positions may use varying screening methods including written application, resume review, interviews, etc. See the career center for further assistance.

    Application deadlines vary on the organization type. Government agencies and larger companies typically recruit students 6 months up to a year prior to the internship start date. Some businesses and non-profit organization will recruit several weeks prior to the internship start date. For exact deadlines, research organizations you are considering applying to in the future.

For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.