Find an Internship

Find an Internship

Internship Overview

What is an internship?

An internship is a valuable, on-site work experience directly related to your career interests and major field of study. It allows you learn about the demands and requirements of a profession and industry under the direction of intentional learning goals. An internship can be paid, un-paid, or taken for academic credit(link), and can take place during the academic semester or in the summer.

Why Should I Intern?

  • Gain practical experience and develop marketable job skills in your chosen career field
  • Clarify your personal career goals and work-place preferences
  • Interact with qualified and experienced professionals in your field
  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences
  • Make important contacts in the professional world that may lead to future job offers

Internship Listings and 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 the Resources by Major page.

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Internship for Academic Credit

What is an academic internship?

Academic internships earn academic credit while career internships do not earn academic credit. Internships which are taken for academic credit require tuition payment in the same way as any course. There is no charge for internships not taken for academic credit. Hoping to receive academic credit for an internship? Visit the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement website to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Internships can be located close to home, near campus, anywhere in the USA or internationally.
Getting course credit for an internship is like taking any course for credit. The course will be listed on your transcript showing that you have practical, as well as classroom, experience. The requirement for credit varies from department to department, and is generally determined by your department faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will determine the amount of credit according to your level of responsibility and the number of hours per week on the job. A faculty advisor will assess your learning and performance and may require that you write a report or provide a critical analysis of a project. The internship must provide you with specific problems to solve and be related to your field of study. See the Internship Advisor Contact List at the top of this page for a list of advisors on campus.
Only internships which are taken for academic credit require tuition payment—just like any other course. The tuition and charges pay for supervisors, monitoring, evaluation of your work performance and transcript notation. There is no charge for internships not taken for academic credit. In fact, a wage may be required according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Please review the Wage and Hour Division's six-point unpaid intern test if you would like to know more about unpaid internship regulations. The employer should never charge you.
The Office of Career Services puts on several career fairs each year both in the fall and spring semesters. We also provide employers on-campus interview (OCI) opportunities to interview our students on our campus for both the employer and student's convenience. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please click Yes! You can arrange your own placement related to your field of study. If you wish to earn academic credit, the internship must be approved before you register for classes. See your department's faculty advisor for more information. If you do not wish to obtain academic credit: Have clear goals established with the employer about your work experience. Agree to have work experiences that are related to your major.
A Cooperative Education Program is another type of program offered by employers that provides paid career-related work experience and offers academic credit. For more information, visit the SF State Cooperative Education Program.
Will I have opportunities to gain practical experience in my chosen field or learn if this area of my major is the right fit for me? Will I have an engaged supervisor working with me to create a successful experience based on my internship goals? Is there a strong education-, research-, or project-oriented aspect to the internship? Is your position as an intern somewhat independent of established, paid positions within this organization? If the internship is unpaid and you answered no to either of these questions, carefully review the Wage and Hour Division's six-point unpaid intern test.

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