Center for Community Engagement

Academic Internships

Become an intern!

Academic internships provide students with a unique opportunity for learning about particular fields through a combination of direct hands-on experience and formal study and is designed to complement the more traditional curriculum. While the main intent of the program is to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in their chosen fields, it also provides an opportunity for career exploration.

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  • Students can apply their classroom learning in professional environments. 
  • Students can gain exposure to their chosen fields.
  • Students can establish critical networking.
  • Students can gain coveted work experience.

Ready to explore your Academic Internship?


Students' Frequently Asked Questions


In-Person Placement Guidelines for Summer/Fall 2021

Academic Internship In-Person Placement Guidelines

CPP students may participate in on-site in-person internship activities in the State of California provided the student and the organization follow current Federal, State, and County public health guidelines. Please refer to the Safer Return Website for current guidelines. 

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Academic Internship Student Handbook

The handbook includes the recent COVID-19 in-person placement guidelines.
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Student Process (Flowchart)

Student Process (Flowchart) provides a step-by-step process that will help guide you to a successful placement of your academic internship.
COVID-19 In-Person

COVID-19 Guidelines

View the updated COVID-19 guidelines


Additional Resources:

For additional information and/or questions about the Academic Internship Program, please contact

Signature Internship Experiences

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Panetta Congressional Internship Program

The Panetta Institute is a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy, located in Monterey, CA. Co-founded by Leon and Sylvia Panetta it is committed to inspired leadership and to creating opportunities for education and debate. Each fall the Panetta Institute hosts students for its Congressional Internship Program, beginning with a 2 week intensive in Monterey, CA and continuing in Washington, D.C. through mid-November.

For questions, contact Dr. Sara Garver at Students in any college and majoring in any subject are eligible to apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled with junior class status, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher in college course work.

Visit Panetta Congressional Internship Program for more information.

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HACU National Internship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities- National Internship Program is "Opening Doors of Opportunity - Abriendo Puertas de Oportunidad”.

Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a federal agency or corporation looking for an intern, we feel confident that we can help you in your pursuit.  We are always in search of the best and the brightest to fill our many internship opportunities.  We are also looking to partner with government and corporate sector organizations interested in developing the next generation of dedicated public servants and business leaders.

For information on HACU's Corporate Internship Program.

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CSU Entertainment Alliance Internships

The Cal State University Entertainment Alliance's (CSUEA) job and internship programs help students reach their entertainment career goals through vital professional work experience, connections to industry experts and mentoring. Student development and industry engagement are key goals to expanding the pipeline of talent from our campuses to entertainment companies.

Entertainment industry work experience starts here! Visit Cal State University Entertainment Alliance for more information.

Capital Fellows Programs

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs are an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service, prepare for a future career, and gain experience under a seasoned mentor.

Fellows participate in an intensive orientation before working for 10-11 months as a full-time staff member in a California legislative, executive or judicial branch government office. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,964, medical, dental, and vision benefits, student loan deferment, fully paid enrollment with six graduate units earned from Sacramento State in Public Policy and Administration or Political Science, and a graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government upon completion.

The program is run by Sac State’s Center for California Studies. Visit Capital Fellows Programs for more information.