Creating a Custom Internship

Students may identify a new internship that more directly relates to their professional interests and goals by contacting an internship site that is unlisted. Potential internship sites sometimes advertise opportunities on job sites or through listservs. These may or may not meet the requirements for a iSchool credit internship. Please make sure the internship site and the site supervisor are aware of and will comply with the requirements for a INFO 294 credit internship (see Internship Site Supervisor HandbookEligibility and Guidelines). Also the site will have to sign a University Organization Agreement

To create a custom internship, please follow these steps:

  • Ensure you have fulfilled the following prerequisites: GPA 3.0 or above, no incompletes, and 19 credits earned before the semester in which you intern.
  • Be sure that both you and the site supervisor are aware of and fulfill your respective responsibilities:
    • Site supervisors must:
      • Be familiar with their responsibilities as outlined in the Site Supervisor Handbook.
      • Develop an internship job description. They can look up a similar internship listing in the iSchool Internship Listing Database to use as a guide for creating the custom internship job description.
      • Register their site.
      • Enter the internship in the database. IMPORTANT: In the "Application" field, they should enter "Position Filled" to ensure no one else applies for this custom position.
      • The internship listing will then be reviewed by the appropriate iSchool Internship Faculty Supervisor. He or she will contact the site supervisor with questions or approve the internship.
    • Students must:
      • Write your Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) to fit the job description and your learning goals. Be sure your site supervisor understands and agrees to the SLOs. You may need to make adjustments based on their input.
      • Once the listing is in the iSchool database and you have applied and been accepted, you will complete the iSchool internship application form for the course. Your iSchool internship application  will be reviewed by the appropriate iSchool faculty supervisor, and he or she will contact you with questions or approval. If approved the faculty supervisor will tell you which internship section to register for on my.sjsu.edu and will provide a permission number.
      • Register for the course and work the required number of hours per credit, that is, 90 hours for 2 credits, 135 for 3, or 180 for 4.
      • Complete all work between the first day of the term and the last.
      • Pace hours evenly over the number of weeks—10 in summer and 15 in fall or spring.

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