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Internships Overview: Information for Companies

"58% of 2011 interns converted into full-time hires" National Association of College Employers

The mission of SDSU's College of Business Administration is to create a learning environment that fosters excellence in business education through innovative programs, applied learning, research and collaboration with the community.

The office of Corporate and Community Involvement connects local companies with undergraduate and graduate business students in the following areas of business:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate

If you are interested in providing an internship, please download our Guidelines for Establishing an Internship (pdf).

Examples of typical internships are: market research for a new product, identifying potential new business opportunities, developing social media and marketing plans.

Are you looking for assistance with a business or marketing plan or perhaps a larger more integrative project? Visit our award-winning business consulting program at the Consulting Information for Companies page.

Internships Opportunities

Internships

Companies should post internships directly through SDSU's Aztec Career Connection. SDSU's Aztec Career Connection enables students to apply directly to your posting through the system by uploading a résumé and cover letter. Post an Internship position: Career Services.

Students

Please visit the Internship Information for Students page.

For information regarding graduate internships, students should contact:

Angelica Bouras
Program Coordinator
Angelica.Bouras@mail.sdsu.edu
(619) 594-3950

Internships for Academic Credit

An internship is a rewarding way for an organization to make a substantial contribution to the development of SDSU students as successful working professionals in our community. If offering an internship is new to you or your organization, please review these guidelines:

  • Consider your organization's ability to provide meaningful work assignments and to invest time in interns through training and supervision.
  • Begin by identifying a staff member who would enjoy the benefit from working with an intern.
  • Develop goals and learning objectives for the intern (see the Internships for Academic Credit Approval process) and identify projects and activities.
  • Internships provide students with opportunities to identify skills and gain practical work experience.
  • An internship is not free labor.
  • Take into account your ability to provide financial support (monetary compensation) as well as office space.

Moreover, internships for credit must meet all six of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) criteria as outlined on the DoL Fact Sheet (pdf).

Finally, organizations should know the following about internships for credit:

  • The California State University Executive Order #1064 requires that a Service Learning Agreement (SLA) be in place for all internships for credit.
  • Participants providing internships are referred to as a "Learning Activity Site."
  • The Service Learning Agreement (SLA) is a legal contract between SDSU and the Learning Activity Site (LAS). Therefore the person signing the SLA should be authorized to execute and approve contracts for their organization.
  • Insurance Requirements – The LAS shall procure and maintain General Liability Insurance, comprehensive or commercial form with $1,000,000.00 minimum limit for each Occurrence and minimum limit of $2,000,000.00 General Aggregate.
  • The SLA is in place indefinitely and is not specific to a student.
  • The SLA is on a semester basis and the internship must coincide with the dates of the semester.
  • The SLA is only in effect when the student is enrolled in one of our business internship courses – MGT 401, BA 780 or BA 401. The LAS must ensure that the student is enrolled in one of these courses. Failure to comply with this policy may result in termination of the SLA.

An SDSU internship sounds like a good fit for our organization. How do we move forward?

Internships for Academic Credit Approval Process

  1. Identify the area of Academic Credit associated with your internship. Then read the Goals and Learning Outcomes for that major.

    Goals & Learning Outcomes:

  2. Create an internship description based on the specific learning outcomes and our Guidelines for Establishing an Internship (pdf).
  3. Email the completed Internship Screening Form (pdf), the Learning Activity Sites Questionnaire (pdf), and your internship description to Angelica Bouras at Angelica.Bouras@mail.sdsu.edu for review and approval.

Should your internship meet our requirements, you will be advised of the rest of the process. Note that the typical processing time for internships for academic credit is 3-5 weeks.

Please direct questions about the internship for academic process to Angelica Bouras at Angelica.Bouras@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-3950.