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FAQs

Student FAQs

  1. What is an Internship?
  2. What are the benefits of an internship?
  3. What is an Academic Internship? Are they paid orunpaid?
  4. What is Non-Academic Internship?
  5. What is Cooperative Education? Are they paid or unpaid?
  6. Is academic credit required for doing aninternship?
  7. How do I prepare for an internship?
  8. Can I find my own internship?
  9. I found an internship, what is CPP academicinternship procedure?
  10. Who is my faculty internship advisor?
  11. How many hours are required, are thereprerequisites, and is there a min. GPA?
  12. Where can I find out more information about mymajor’s requirements for internship?
  13. What forms will I need to complete?
  14. Are there pre-approved sites where CPP hasplaced interns in the past?
  15. How can I find internships in other countries (Abroad Internships)?
  16. I am an international student looking for academic internship, where do I go?

1. What is an Internship?

An internship is a closely monitored, structured program that complements the academic/classroom experience. An internship merges academic experience, personal development, and career exploration in one course or set of courses. Internships can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and generally last one term or more. Internships can take place in any sector: nonprofit, for-profit, or government. Although interns are typically learners/trainees, an internship will provide meaningful, professional work experiences and meet specific learning outcomes. Internship coursework should include reflection and integration of learning into the course objectives.

Internships are recognized as high impact educational practices and central to the continuum of real world experience. Cal Poly Pomona encourages all students to gain hands-on learning experience as part of their undergraduate coursework. A quality experience is critical to all internships to enhance student development, meet host organization needs, and promote university public relations.

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2. What are the benefits of an internship?

An internship experience would offer the following benefits:

  • Apply your inside classroom learning through hands on experience
  • Develop connections/relationships with those in your interested field
  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses and develop them.
  • Develop leadership experience
  • It may allow you to obtain a full time position in the future

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3. What is an Academic Internship? Are they paid orunpaid?

An Academic Internship is …

  • Where the student intern receives academic credit for their internship experience.
  • The academic internship courses will include significant involvement of students and their supervised faculty in planning, processing and evaluating the learning results from their experiences.
  • The student intern may be paid as an employee of the sponsor company or unpaid.

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4. What is Non-Academic Internship?

A Non-Academic Internship is….

  • Where the student intern does not receive academic credit for the experience.
  • Must be paid unless the internship program meets federal guidelines as outlined by the Department of Labor (DOL): meets federal guidelines from the Department of Labor (DOL): http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm#.UHXKLRXA_cw; employers are encouraged to offer students a regular wage.
  • Employer works directly with the student intern; contractual agreements are between the employer and student.

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5. What is Cooperative Education? Are they paid or unpaid?

A CPP Cooperative (Co-Op) Education is …

  • A PAID internship
  • Cal Poly Pomona students and students from other southern California universities are eligible.
  • The student intern receives academic credit for the experience.
  • The student intern is an employee of the Cal Poly Foundation and is paid by Foundation.
  • Co-op employment lasts a minimum of six months and can be as long as two years. Students may work a maximum of 1,000 hours per year. (no more than 20 hours per week during academic year and up to 40hrs per week during the summer)

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6. Is academic credit required for doing aninternship?

Please make an appointment with your faculty internship advisor in your academic department. CPP offers many courses for internship to discuss curriculum requirements.

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7. How do I prepare for an internship?
  1. Create or Update your Resume (visit the CPP career center for assistance)
  2. Research internship company to prepare you for the interview

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8. Can I find my own internship?
  1. Use your resources (Ask Faculty, Peers, and look at Social Media)
  2. Research and apply to internship postings on BronoConnection
  3. Attend any career fair events, networking mixers, Internship fairs on or off campus

(The career center conducts an Internship workshop, each quarter)

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9. I found an internship, what is CPP academicinternship procedure?

Once you secured an internship position you will need to…

  • Register for an internship course
  • Submit the following forms to your academic department or internship faculty:
    • Internship Agreement
    • Site Self-Assessment
    • Learning Plan
    • Release of Liability
    • Emergency Contact

Note: Make sure all appropriate signatures are there

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10. Who is my faculty internship advisor?

Please contact your academic department if you do not see them listed

(Click on this link to view list) INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR LIST

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11. How many hours are required, are thereprerequisites, and is there a min. GPA?

Internship hours depends on the internship site/employer and your department. Typically during the academic year we suggest conducting 10-20 hours of internship hours. However, summer hours can go up to 40 internship hours a week.

                Prerequisites depend on your academic department requirements.

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12. Where can I find out more information about mymajor’s requirements for internship?

To find out more information, you will need to contact your academic department.

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13. What forms will I need to complete?

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP FORMS

1.   Partner Agreement

Purpose:  This is a three year signed placement agreement between the internship site and the CSU that addresses both the internship site’s and campus’s role in the internship, as well as the student’s responsibilities. Forms are stored in CCE office.

Academic department must be submitted to CCE by the third week of quarter session.

Signatures Needed:

  1. Organization signature and contact information

  2. Associate Vice President Approval

2.   Site Self-Assessment

Purpose: This is a CSU Risk Management form used to evaluate student safety during their internship experience.  Employer/Internship Partner must agree to provide a general work site orientation and student supervision, and to make every effort to provide a safe working environment. Forms are stored in CCE office.

Signatures Needed:

  1. Employer/Internship Partner signature and contact information

Right now some are submitting electronic using PDF “Submit” tool.

3.   Internship Learning Plan

Purpose: This form addresses the work to be provided by the student, the learning outcome, and the placement logistics. Helps evaluate student academic experiences and its relationship to the student’s academic study in order to award academic credit. Forms are stored in Academic Department.

Signatures Needed:

  1. Student

  2. Internship site supervisor

  3. University representative (Faculty/Course Supervisor)

4.   Release of Liability

Purpose:  In order to allow student to conduct internship, this form is an agreement on behalf of the student that they will promise not to sue the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, Cal Poly Pomona and their employees, officers, directors, volunteers and agents from any and all claims. Forms are stored in Academic Department

Signatures Needed:

  1. Student

  2. Parent/Guardian (IF a minor)

5.   Emergency Contact Information

Purpose: Emergency plan information is required as part of the academic internship partnership. Employer/Internship Partner must keep the emergency contact information for the student on file and accessible in the case of an emergency.

Signatures Needed:

  1. Student

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14. Are there pre-approved sites where CPP hasplaced interns in the past?

Yes, see list on our CCE website/Academic Internship/Internship Partner tab

Yes, after you register for the internship course, you will need to register on our BroncoServ, select existing internship partner/business.  If you do not see your internship partner/business, you will need to request a new one by having the internship site complete the Request to Initiate Internship Partnership form on our website.

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15. How can I find internships in other countries (Abroad Internships)?

To find internship opportunities, you may either visit your department or the International Center for assistance Building 1 Room 104.

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16. I am an international student looking for academic internship, where do I go?

If you are an international student seeking an internship experience, you may visit the International Center Building 1 Room 104

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Employer FAQs

1. How do I submit a Request to InitiatePartnership?

2. Why do I need to submit a Request to InitiatePartnership?

3. Who do I contact if I have questions regarding the forms?

If you have any questions regarding academic internship, you may contact the Center for Community Engagement, Internship & Co-Op Office

Faculty FAQs

1. I want to create an internship course, what do I need to do?

Your department will need to nominate the course and submit a proposal to Academic Affairs.              

2. What forms do I need to submit to CCE?

Please submit the following forms:

  • Internship Agreement (Must have employer’s signature)
  • Site Self-Assessment (Must be completed by site supervisor)
  • Learning Plan (Must be completed by student, signed by supervisor, and approved by academic dept.)