Getting a For-Credit Internship: Step-by-Step Process
Take the following steps to ensure you receive credit for your internship.
- Analyze yourself. Identify your skills, define your career goals and determine what you want to gain from an internship.
- Contact your faculty advisor to determine your eligibility (prerequisites completed, department grade point average requirement, etc.). You can also discuss possible internship placements.
- If you plan to use financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance. (Complete your FAFSA [www.fafsa.ed.gov] form as early as possible!)
- Create a student profile with the Internship Center's InternLink system. Through InternLink, you can view posted internships, upload your resume so employers can view it, visit the electronic resource library and download the internship application. Click here to view instructions for InternLink.
- Complete your resume and cover letter. Visit the Career and Professional Development Center for resources to help you and to schedule a resume and cover letter review and mock interview. Once you are satisfied, upload your resume into your InternLink student profile.
- Gather information and locate an internship site. Talk to faculty, students, family and friends about internship possibilities. Contact the Internship Center. Research sites to determine the availability of internships and contact persons. Once you have identified a possible site, discuss this with your faculty advisor. NOTE: Some departments identify sites and place students rather than students finding internships on their own. Check with your advisor.
- Complete the on-line orientations offered through California University. The on-line orientations can be located here.
- Complete the application and student agreement; obtain approvals. An application and student agreement are available on InternLink. Select "create an Internship Application." Fill out all of the necessary information and hit submit. The application will then be automatically e-mailed to the necessary individuals for signature.
- Find out what is required of you once you are registered for your internship. Some departments and faculty internship supervisors have different requirements, so BE PROACTIVE!
- Finalize arrangements. Agree on start and end dates, how many hours per week or semester you will work, and what duties and responsibilities are expected of you.