CAD Internship Application Deadline – See deadlines in the section below, “Application for Fall 2017 Now Available.”

CAD Internship Requirement

The internship is a culminating academic experience that is required for all CAD majors and is taken in the final semester before graduation. In other words, you must be a senior in your last semester.  If university records show you are not a senior, you are not eligible for internship, regardless of the number of units you have completed in the major.
The internship includes a seminar and field work and is 3-4 units, depending upon the concentration. The seminar and field work must be taken concurrently. Students must apply for the internship one semester prior to their desired internship semester. Departmental approval of the application is required before a student can be placed at an internship site. Please note that all Early Childhood CAD majors must complete their internships on campus at either the ASI Early Childhood Education Center or the Children's Campus.  All internships must be related to a student's concentration in the CAD major.

There are no summer internships.

NO Late Applications Are Accepted - No applications are accepted after the deadline, which includes both a date and time deadline. Applications must be date and time-stamped by a CAD department staff. Applications put underneath the department office door or any faculty office door before, during, or after the deadline are not accepted.

Application Process NEW

1. One semester before the intended internship, deadline dates and the application are put on the CAD website. Here are the  steps for completing the application process:
                 a.     Download the Internship Application from the Internship Website, complete all areas (TYPEWRITE ONLY) and sign.
                 b.    Download a CAD Core/Concentration Planning sheet for your CAD Major Bulletin year and your concentration.   Link:
                 c.    Fill out top section and then list all courses you have taken in major, both core AND concentration. For courses currently in progress, write current semester.  Typewritten only; no handwritten applications. For CAD 210, 260, and 215, if you have taken them at another institution, fill in the institution, their prefix, their code, and their title for the class – NOT SFSU’s (i.e CAD 210).
                 d.    When you have completely filled out your Advising Worksheet, attach it to the application.  
                 e.    Read and initial Areas of Understanding and Agreement and attach to these documents.  
                 f.    Submit to the CAD office by due date. Make certain it is date/time stamped by a CAD staff or it will not be reviewed.  Any applications slipped under office doors will not be reviewed.


Mandatory Internship Orientation

Attendance at the Internship Orientation is required. If a student cannot attend the orientation, the internship process stops and the student must apply for internship the following semester. The orientation covers information about the placement process, expectations, and deadlines.
The Fall 2017 Internship Orientation for School Age, Youth Work and Policy concentrations will be Friday March 3, 2017, 10:00am-12:30 pm in LIB 244. Failure to attend this orientation will result in being dropped from the internship program and you will need to reapply the following semester.
The Internship Orientation for the Early Childhood concentration will be announced by email during the Spring 2017 semester.


Placement Process for Approved Internships

1.    Students whose applications are approved and who attend the mandatory orientation can move forward to the placement process.
2.    Students work with the Internship Coordinator and are expected to meet all requests for information and all deadlines. Missing deadlines, being continually late with requested information, and not responding to the Internship Coordinator's email messages in a timely manner can jeopardize a student's internship placement. The student may be dropped from the placement process at that time and will have to reapply for internship in the following semester.


Internship Resources

Application for Fall 2017 Now Available (Bulletin Year 2011-12 and Newer)

The application for Fall  2017 internships is now available and can be downloaded from the internship link. The due date for completed applications is Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, 4 p.m. Please note, there is now a 4 day window when you may drop off your application at the CAD department office. Those dates are: Monday, January 23, 2017 from 9 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 4 p.m.  Applications will not be accepted before or after those times/dates. No exceptions.

For Bulletin Years 2010-2011 or older
For students whose major Bulletin Year is 2010-2011 or older, please contact the Internship Coordinator

These Course Requirements Must Be Met Prior To Internship:

Majors with CAD Major Bulletin 2011-12 and Newer

•    A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses that make up 30 units in the major required prior to internship
•    The Foundations courses must be completed prior to start of internship: CAD 210, CAD 260 (or community college equivalent) and CAD 410
•    CAD 215 must be completed by EC interns
•    Please read and follow directions on application. An incomplete application will be denied and returned and the student will have to reapply for the following semester.

EC Concentration -Documentation of 150 hours of work with children prior to the beginning of internship

For:  EC CAD majors following CAD Bulletin 2011-12 and beyond


  • Students must submit a letter or email to the CAD Internship Coordinator documenting 150 hours of work (paid/volunteer) in a licensed child-care center.  Beginning in Fall 2016, hours conducted in a family-child care center (care provided in someone’s home) will no longer be accepted toward the 150 hours.
    The majority, if not all, of the 150 hours are to be completed at one site/classroom with the same supervising teacher.  This is to ensure a concentrated, focused experience where you have become part of a teaching team, received supervision/training regarding your interactions with children, and became an integral part of the classroom in order to build relationships with the children.  The 150 hours excludes observation hours (for example, Elementary Education Courses).  A maximum of 90 hours from a community college Practicum course can be used toward the 150 required pre-internship hours. A grade in the class must be C or better.  Verification by transcript is sufficient documentation (include with your letter of documentation for balance of hours).  Please keep a copy of all documentation for your own records.

Course Requirements For Internship

•    Students must take the internship seminar and field work experience courses concurrently.
•    All EC concentration students from any Bulletin year will take CAD 610 Internship Seminar (1 unit) and CAD 611 Internship (2 units). The work requirement for CAD 611 internship is 150 hours.
•    Students in all other concentrations will take CAD 600 Internship Seminar (2 units) and CAD 601 Internship (2 units). The work requirement for CAD 601 internship is 120 hours.
•    EC students are required to document 150 hours of work experience prior to internship. If an EC major does not complete these hours prior to the start of internship, the internship will be cancelled. This signed documentation can be turned in to the CAD Department office.


Work Hours During Internship

  • Students are required to work approximately 10 hours a week at an approved internship site throughout the semester, for a total of 120/150 hours.
  • These hours must be spread across at least 12 weeks of the semester for SA, YWOST, and PAS and spread across at least 15 weeks of the semester for EC rather than being completed in a condensed time frame.
  • Along with the internship itself (CAD 601/611), students are required to attend a seminar (CAD 600/610) which has assignments and readings. More information about the internship and seminar will be provided at the mandatory internship orientation.

General Information on Code of Conduct

A CAD intern represents SFSU, the CAD Department, and one's current/future profession. During the placement process as well as throughout the internship, students are expected to display professional behavior at all times. The Code of Conduct, which is posted here, defines the department’s expectations of interns. Students are required to sign this Code of Conduct in order to embark on their internship. Each intern will receive a copy to sign during the CAD 600 or CAD 610 internship seminar.

  • Start enacting the Code of Conduct now. During the internship placement process, from completing the application to attending the mandatory Internship Orientation, students are expected to meet all deadlines and requests for information and attend all orientations or meetings – on time and for the entire time.
  • During internship, the same compliance with the Code of Conduct will be expected. Non-compliance (e.g. missing seminar sessions, coming late or leaving early from seminar or internship site) can result in the terminating an internship (and reapplying the following semester), repeating certain portions of the internship, or putting the internship on “probation” (usually at the request of the host agency)
  • Once an internship has been agreed to verbally by the intern and the agency, and/or the contract has been signed,
    you cannot change your internship site.  You must honor your verbal and/or written commitment to the agency.