Internships

  1. CRITERIA FOR INTERNSHIP:
    1. The California State University defines an internship as a formal integration of classroom academic with practical experience.
    2. An internship site is an off campus organization and includes business, non-profit, educational, or government settings. No home businesses will be approved. The exception to off campus will be CSUSB’s Children Center, Laboratory School, and University Center for Developmental Disabilities.
    3. Agencies located in high-crime areas, which have incidents of criminal activity within the last year, or serve clients that could be considered dangerous, must have a risk assessment prior to the internship starting.
    4. Students may propose their own sites by first conferring with the course’s faculty instructor.
    5. University-Agency Agreements (AKA interagency agreements) are available.
    6. The site supervisor is the person responsible for providing mentorship and oversight of the intern at the internship site. Interns should be supervised at least 50% of the time. Interns should not be unsupervised with minors unless the interns possess the necessary credentials and background checks.
    7. The student must have a field/work supervisor who is willing to evaluate their work performance. Evaluations will be emailed to the field/work supervisor during the 7th week of the quarter. Students will be evaluated on punctuality and professionalism; however, ultimate responsibility for evaluating the student’s performance and awarding a grade will remain with the course’s faculty instructor.
    8. A Learning Plan must be developed prior to the first day of class. The learning plan is developed by the student in consultation with the site supervisor. It will outline the learning outcomes and objectives of the internship. Mandatory items on this plan will include signatures of the student, site-supervisor, and internship coordinator. The Learning Plan is found on page two of this contract. The student’s position must be one of a responsible nature AND must relate directly to coursework in one of the Department’s programs. A minimum of 120 hours must be spent on internship-related activities. (10 class hours and 110 hours of internship experience).
    9. Generally, internships are unpaid; however, if a student’s place of employment relates Directly to Psychology or HD learning objectives, 80 hours may be used towards the completion of the 120-hour requirement. The remaining 40 hours must involve learning experiences outside of their regular duties. Examples include learning a new skill, creating a new project or other activities that are related to Department coursework.
  2. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF STUDENTS FOR INTERNSHIP:
    1. The proposed internship must be integral to the student’s academic program.
    2. The student must have a 2.0 GPA in his/her major and overall college work and be of at least JUNIOR standing.
    3. Students must be acceptable to the employer or sponsor, so long as any judgment of unacceptability is not based on discrimination prohibited by law.
    4. Students may take a maximum of 8 units of internship for credit toward a degree or certificate; however, please note that only 4 units of 575 may be applied in a major.
  3. APPLICATIONS PROCEDURE:
    1. Pick out an internship site. You can either go out into the community to find a site, or look through the internship site book located in SB-425.
    2. Contact the internship site and have them agree to your internship and assign you a supervisor.
    3. Fill out attached application/contract COMPLETELY.
    4. Return the completed application/contract to the Department of Psychology in SB-425. Only fully completed applications will be processed.
    5. After your internship site has been approved, the department will enroll you in the course.
    6. As this class involves a high commitment, NO students will be enrolled in this class after week 1 of the quarter.
  4. CRITERIA FOR CLASSROOM COMPONENT:
    1. Goals and objectives will be written during the first week of each quarter.
    2. Class will meet for 1 hour each week. Classroom attendance is mandatory.
    3. Incompletes will be granted under certain circumstances. To apply for an incomplete, students must have successfully attended all regularly scheduled classes. More information about incompletes will be outlined in the class syllabus.
    4. The faculty member will have ultimate responsibility for the evaluation and grading of the student’s performance in the internship. Typically, the 575 instructor will review the student’s performance with the work supervisor before assigning a grade.

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