Guide for Internships

In order to give all students an opportunity to view internship postings, we encourage employers to post their internship positions on CareerLink. Advertising your openings on CareerLink is free of charge and is viewable by students, faculty, and staff.

Quick Links

Posting Policy and Procedure

Internship Definition, Characteristics, and Best Practices

Definition

The Career Center recognizes the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Internship Definition:

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Characteristics

Following the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Career Center categorizes internships in the following three categories:

  • Paid
  • Unpaid internships in the public sector and for non-profit charitable organizations
  • Academic credit *

* See section on academic credit internships for more information.

Internship Program Best Practices

The National Association of Colleges and Employers regularly publishes best practices and resources for advancing an internship program. 15 Best Practices are provided in its Building Premier Internship Program Guide, some of which include:

  • Holding orientations for all involved.
  • Providing interns with a program handbook outlining FAQs, program and performance expectations, etc.
  • Offering flex-time, scholarships, and providing housing and relocation assistance.
  • Bringing in speakers from your company’s executive ranks.
  • Showcasing intern work through presentations/expos.

In addition, the NACE 2016 Internship Survey identifies recent practices of employers for developing internship programs and recruitment, which includes the following:

  • “High-touch” recruitment practices, including career fairs and on-campus recruiting, continue to be the preferred source among employers for locating interns.
  • Analytical/problem solving tasks continue to be the main focus of intern work duties followed by project management and communications.
  • Typically, individual managers assigned interns to areas within the organization, yet respondents show a slight shift towards allowing university relations and recruitment to make assignments.
 

Setting up an Internship Program

For more in-depth guidance, the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, Inc. recommends the following resources:

Bottner, R.  & Shindell, R.  Ph.D.  (2016).  Total Internship Management: A Guide to Creating the Ultimate Internship Program.  (2nd ed.).  D.  Berger (Ed.).  Naples, FL: Whitehall Printing.

Szadvari, L.  (2009).  Total Internship Management: Supervisor’s Handbook.  S.  Janson (Ed.).  Austin, TX: Intern Bridge, Incorporated.

For small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration acknowledges that “internship programs are a smart recruitment strategy for small businesses, allowing you to nurture and feed your full-time hiring efforts.” Its recently updated blog post, How to Set Up an Internship Program for Your Small Business, offers six tips to guide you, including links to important workplace and labor laws to consider.

 

Posting Policy and Procedure

Posting Paid or Unpaid Internships in CareerLink

Paid internships at for-profit organizations, and paid or unpaid internships for the public sector or non-profit charitable organizations can be posted at any time on the campus online career portal, CareerLink. For assistance, please view our instructions for posting on CareerLink.

Posting an Academic Credit Internship in CareerLink

An academic credit internship MUST be set up in accordance with the campus policy. Once your academic internship has been established, the college or program internship coordinator may post the academic credit internship on CareerLink.

Campus policy

An internship is defined as a “formal integration of the student’s academic study with practical experience in a cooperating organization. It is an activity designed to serve educational purposes by offering experience in service learning*, business, non-profit, or government setting. This does not include teacher preparation placements or clinical placements such as for nursing, counseling, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.”

Prior to placing students, the campus policy for off-campus academic activities requires a written assessment summary of the off-campus site. In some cases, a site visit will be conducted.

Before a student can begin the off-campus academic activity, a number of steps are required including the completion of a learning agreement form signed by the student, off-campus site supervisor, and the appropriate Cal State LA representative.

Once established and in effect, off-campus academic activities are reviewed annually and take into account factors such as the educational purpose and safety of students. Information is gathered from on-site supervisors, faculty, University staff, and the student experience.

Other procedures may be in effect for teacher preparation placements or clinical placements such as nursing, counseling, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.

To establish an academic credit internship with the campus, please refer to the academic department contacts.

Academic Credit Internship Contacts by Department

ABC – D – EFGHI – J – KLMN – O – P – Q – RST – U – V – W – X – Y – Z

Department

College/
Center

Academic Internship Coordinator

Email

Phone

Accounting

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Anthropology

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. René Vellanoweth

rvellan@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2449

Applied Behavior Analysis

Education

Dr. Michele Wallace

mwallac@exchange.calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4768

Art

Arts and Letters

Mika Cho

Sandra Rodriguez

mcho@calstatela.edu
srodr214@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4010

Asian and Asian-American Studies

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Ping Yao

pyao@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-5775

Biological Sciences

Natural and Social Sciences

Judith Guzman

jguzman10@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2030

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Alison McCurdy

amccurd@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2362

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Natural and Social Sciences

Raquel Ackerman

rackerm@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2190

Child and Family Studies

Health and Human Services

Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam

ksubrah@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4590

Civil Engineering

Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

T Fox

Tfox2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4526

Communication Disorders

Health and Human Services

Dr. Miles Peterson

mpeters@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4693

Communication Studies

Arts and Letters

Dr. Kevin Baaske

kbaaske@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4203

Computer Science

Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

T Fox

Tfox2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4526

Counseling – Marriage and Family Therapy

Education

Dr. Michael Carter

mcarter@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4438

Counseling - Rehabilitation

Education

Dr. Roxanna Pebdani

rpebdan@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4418

Counseling – School Psychology

Education

Dr. Elina Saeki

esaeki@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4448

Criminal Justice

Health and Human Services

Dr. Akhila Ananth

aananth2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4877

Criminalistics

Health and Human Services

Dr. Katherine Roberts

krobert2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4625

Economics and Statistics

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Educational Administration

Education

Dr. Lori Kim

lkim@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4393

Educational Technology

Education

Dr. Adelaide Doyle-Nichols

adoylen@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4336

Education, TESOL

Education

Dr. Marguerite Ann Snow

asnow@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4373

Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Education

Dr. Frederick Uy

fuy@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4350

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

T Fox

Tfox2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4526

English

Arts and Letters

Andrew Knighton

aknight@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4140

Finance, Law, and Real Estate

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Geosciences and Environment

Natural and Social Sciences

Katrina Makkouk

KJohnson2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2220

History

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Scott Wells

Swells2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2020

Information Systems

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Kinesiology and Nutritional Science

Health and Human Services

Anne Larson, Ed.D.

alarson2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4668

Latin American Studies

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Ericka Verba

EVerba@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2298

Liberal Studies

Arts and Letters

Dr. Patrick Sharp

PSharp@calstatela.edu

 

Management

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Marketing

Business and Economics

Nikita Lau

CBEPlacement@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2818

Mathematics

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Daphne Liu

dliu@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2161

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

T Fox

Tfox2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4526

Modern Languages and Literatures

Arts and Letters

Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga

SMatsun@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4230

Music, Theatre and Dance

Arts and Letters

Dr. Emily Moss

EMoss2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4060

Natural Science

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. James Rudd

JRudd@exchange.calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2219

Nursing

Health and Human Services

Magda Keriakos
Marissa Grafil-Ramirez

 

(323) 343-4714/
(323) 343-4717

Pan-African Studies

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Melina Abdullah

Mabdull2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2291

Philosophy

Arts and Letters

Dr. Talia Bettcher

TBettch@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4179

Physics and Astronomy

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Radi Jishi

Radi.Jishi@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2137

Political Science

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Donna Schuele

dschuel@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2230

Psychology

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Senqi Hu

Shu6@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2250

Public Health

Health and Human Services

Dr. Kimberly Kisler Pisca

kkisler@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-5866

Rehabilitation Services Education Dr. Frances Siu

fsiu@calstatela.edu

 

Social Work

Health and Human Services

Hermila Melero, MSW, LCSW

Hermila.Melero2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-5706

Sociology

Natural and Social Sciences

Dr. Elaine Draper
Luis Nuno

EDraper@calstatela.edu

LNuno3@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-2290 (temp)

Special Education

Education

Jennifer Revilla

jrevilla@cslanet.calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4342

Technology

Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

T Fox

Tfox2@calstatela.edu

(323) 343-4526

Television, Film and Media

Arts and Letters

Bridget Murnane
Michael Clark

bmurnan@calstatela.edu
mclarke2@calstatela.edu