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What is an Academic Internship?Student painting in a community garden

An Academic Internship is a stand-alone course that formally integrates the student’s academic study with practical experience in a cooperating organization. It is an on- or off-campus activity designed to serve educational purposes by offering experience in business, non-profit or government settings.

Academic Internships are supervised by a faculty member or designated internship coordinator within academic departments.  Typically, students are hand-enrolled in these courses and they are given the course designation 195 or 295.  Academic internships can be paid or unpaid, and for every one unit of academic credit received, students must work 45 hours.  Some university depart­ments and programs require students to do an internship; in other departments and programs, students have an option to pursue an internship for academic credit.

Why choose an Academic Internship?Students working to help register residents to vote

An Academic Internship offers students an opportunity to work with qualified professionals in applying the skills and knowledge learned within the classroom to an on-the-job experience.  Interns tend to receive higher grades because they are better able to see the relevance of coursework to real-world situations.

Students have the chance to “test” their career interests with an internship and will acquire work experience they can list on resumes and employment applications.  Interns tend to receive higher grades because they are better able to see the relevance of coursework to real-world situations.  In some cases, academic internships can provide students with money for school tuition and expenses.

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Interested in an Academic Internship and looking for partners to work with? Click here to view our Community Partner List.

If you have questions about your Academic Internship, it is recommended that you speak directly with your professor.

For more information about Academic Internships, please contact our office: cec@csus.edu.