Find an Internship
Find an Internship
What is an Internship?
An internship (or externship) is on-the-job experience at an off-campus work setting directly related to your career interests and major field of study. It is work experience that is supervised, where you learn about the demands and requirements of a profession and industry under the direction of intentional learning goals. Follow the following links to plan your path to an internship or to determine your appropriate faculty contact for obtaining academic credit: Internship Road Map
Why Should I Intern?
Some reasons you might consider an internship:
- Gain practical experience and develop marketable job skills in your chosen career field Work with qualified professionals in your field
- Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences
- Make important contacts and references in the business world that may lead to future job offers
- Evaluate potential employers
An internship can be:
- Paid, non-paid or stipend-based From a few weeks to two years in length
- Taken for academic credit
Why work for little or no pay?
While it is true that you may be "working for free" to some extent, the internship is a temporary stepping stone that provides you an invaluable experience and resume-building opportunity. Many internships even include an hourly wage. The confidence, networking connections and rapid advancement potential that an internship affords are invaluable. A single semester you spend interning part-time could very easily land you a top position or allow you to negotiate your salary—more than repaying your efforts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Internet Internship Resources
SF State Student Resources
Employers post their internships and jobs using Handshake, available exclusively for SF State students and recent alumni. For additional links, please see both the General Career Links page and the Resources by Major pages.
Internship Search Web Sites
International Internship Search
Intern Housing Resources
Disability Internship Resources