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  • Internships 101: Student Workshop

    Community Engagement

    Office of Internships

  • What is an internship? • An approved and supervised work experience that meets

    specific student learning goals related to an academic field of study and supports their professional objectives

    • Benefits: • Determine if your field/career is a good fit

    • Real world application of what you’ve learned

    • Network (i.e. letters of recommendation, job references)

    • Build up your resume!

  • Credit vs. Non-credit Internships

    Credit Internships

    Students must be registered in an internship course or an independent study course* (i.e. HD 495, SOC 494/495, COMM 495, VSAR 495, etc.)

    o Professor may limit sites to a specific list

    o Minimum of hours vary depending on major

    o Graded depending on major department (can be credit/no credit, or letter grade)

    *Not offered by all departments

    Non-Credit Internships

    o Students do not receive academic credit

    o No course enrollment

    Same benefits as credit internships when it comes to gaining experience/adding value to resume

  • What is not an internship?

    • Assisting at a family member’s business

    • Cold-calling, door to door sales, recruiting clients

    • Running errands (i.e. coffee/dry-cleaning)

    • Keep clerical work to a minimum

    US Department of Labor: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Statistics • 66% of employers stated that relevant work

    experience is as important as a strong academic performance1

    • 85% of employers surveyed reported that hiring interns was a positive experience, while 86% of surveyed students reported having a positive internship experience 2

    ________________________________________________________________________________ 1 "Internships May Be the Easiest Way to a Job in 2013." Forbes, 6 Dec. 2012. 2" Survey Reveals the Increasing Importance of Internships." PRWeb. 06 Dec. 2012.

  • Getting started: Plan Ahead

    • Identify your goals Skills


    Organization type


    • Check in with faculty for any class requirements

    – Orientations

    – Hours

    – Course objective

  • Getting started: Start Early

    • Sites may ask for: cover letter/ resume submission, interview, background checks, TB test, etc.

    – Health screenings (TB test) are available at the Student Health & Counseling Services

    – LiveScan available at University Campus Police

    • Refer to the FAQs section and the Student Intern Handbook on our website for more tips and suggestions. Intern Handbook Nov 2016.pdf

  • Where do I find internships?

    • Faculty advisors, professors, student recommendations, university organizations, online

    • CSUSM Internships database:

    Approved community partners

    Experienced working with CSUSM students

    Informed of university safety procedures

  • Approved Community Partners

  • Navigating the Database Log in with your CSUSM ID and password

    – Sites: Search for specific organizations

    – Opportunity: Specific internship opportunities (including paid!)

    – Keywords: majors, social issues, industry type, age range (i.e. children/youth, adolescents/teens, seniors/elders), types of service, etc.

  • Applying for an Internship

    • Communicate clearly:

    – Identify yourself as a CSUSM student/ your major & career goals.

    – Explain why you are interested in the position and why you are a qualified candidate.

    • Resume and cover letter assistance available at the career center (Craven Hall 1400)

  • Consult with internship course instructor and contact the requested community partner.

    Submit an online “Request Community Partner” form

    The Office of Internships will communicate with the site to ensure it meets academic and safety policies

    -During this time, make your placement in the “Pending approval site” on the database & keep in touch with the Community Partner

    Community Partner signs agreement

    • Site is added to the database • We will contact you and let

    you complete your placement and signing the University Liability Waiver form

    Community Partner declines agreement

    • Student can still participate by signing the University Liability Waiver form

    Internship site not in the database?

  • Academic Requirements • “When should I take my internship

    course?” • “How many hours do I need to

    complete?” • “Is this site recommended for my

    course/area of study”? • “How many units of credit can I earn?” • “How will my internship be graded?”

    Administrative Procedures • “I need to submit a ‘Request

    Community Partner’ form” • “I need to make my placement

    online” • “I need to make corrections to my

    online placement”

    Office of Internships • Refer to our “For Students” webpage,

    especially the Student Resources & FAQ section

    • Contact us via email [email protected]

    • Stop by during office hours

    Major Department • Refer to your department for

    major worksheets, etc. • Consult with an academic

    adviser or professor • Refer to your internship course


    Troubleshooting for Students: Who should I ask?

    “I experienced discrimination/sexual harassment/safety concerns at my internship site”

    Contact the Office immediately: • Associate Director Jill Litschewski,

    760-750-7004 • Faculty Director, Dr. Cynthia Chavez

    Metoyer, 760-750-7003

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Preparing to Apply for an Internship

    • “I need to have my resume/cover letter/CV revised”

    • “I need to practice for my interview”

    • “What is considered professional attire?”

    Application Process for an Internship • “I want to apply to this internship” • “How long is the application

    process?” • “Is a cover letter and resume

    required?” How do I submit them?” • “Is my TB test still valid?” • “What will my schedule be?” • “What kind of training will I be


    Community Partner • Refer to the site information on

    S4, especially the “Opportunities” tab

    • Check out the community partner’s website

    • Contact the community partner directly, via email or phone

    Career Center • Refer to the student resources

    on their website • Submit your resume/cover

    letter for critique • Make an appt. with a counselor

    through CougarJobs

    Troubleshooting for Students: Who should I ask?

  • Resources for Graduating Students

    If you are a graduating senior, check out the Career Center’s Alumni Services website:

    alumni/ All services are available to you for 3-months after graduation.

    After the 3-month period, you can continue to receive services by: 1) becoming a member of the CSUSM Alumni Association; or 2) opt for fee-based services.

  • Contact the Office of Internships

    • Phone: (760) 750-7005

    • Main email: [email protected]

    • Internship Coordinator’s office: Craven Hall 6126

    – Spring 2017 Drop-in hours:

    • M/Th: 1-3pm

    • T/F: 9-11am

    *International students: Contact the Office of Global Education

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