Internships

A final internship is required of all CAD majors during the student’s final semester at SFSU. The internship includes a seminar and field work and is 3-4 units, depending upon one's concentration. Students must apply for an internship and receive approval by the faculty Internship Committee one semester prior to one's desired internship. The Internship link on the left has more information re: Internship Manual, possible Internship agencies, Internship contracts, FAQs, and Code of Conduct.

Attention Internship Applicants – Application for Spring 2015 Now Available - CLOSED

The application for Spring 2015 internships is now available and can be downloaded from the internship link. The due date for completed applications is Monday, September 15, 2014, 4PM. Please note, there is now a 2 week window when you may drop off your application at the CAD department office. Those dates are: Monday, September 1, 2014 from 9AM through Monday, September 15, 2014, 4PM. Applications will not be accepted before or after those times/dates. No exceptions.

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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 will be required to sign this Code of Conduct in order to embark on their internship. Each interns 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, sudents 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).

 

Majors with CAD Major Bulletin 2010-2011 or Earlier

These Course Requirements Must Be Met Prior To Internship

  • A grade of C or better must be earned in a minimum of 36 units in the major required prior to the start of internship
  • CAD 300 or an approved substitution must be completed.  An approved substitution means there is a signed (by department chair) approved course substitution form in the student’s file.
  • The two prerequisites must be completed prior to the internship. 
  • Although the prerequisites must be completed before the internship begins, the units from these two courses (6 total) do NOT count toward the 36 units needed prior to starting internship. 
  • 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.

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 in the CAD major Bulletin 2010 or earlier are not required to document 150 hours of work experience prior to internship.  EC students in CAD major Bulletin 2011-12 and newer are required to document 150 hours of work experience prior to start of internship.  If an EC student does not complete these hours prior to the start of internship, the internship will be cancelled.  The signed documentation of hours 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 rather than being completed in a condensed time frame.
  • Along with the internship itself, students are required to attend a weekly seminar.

Majors with CAD Major Bulletin 2011-12 and Newer

These Course Requirements Must Be Met Prior To Internship:

  • 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.

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 rather than being completed in a condensed time frame.
  • Along with the internship itself, students are required to attend a weekly seminar

 

Applying for Internship

One semester before one’s intended internship, the student must comlete and submit a CAD Internship Application form that will be available on the CAD website. It is the student’s responsibility to check the website. The deadline date and time are firm. No late applications are accepted.

  • The completed application is submitted to the CAD department office as described on the application. Make certain it is time/date stamped when it is turned in. 
  • Students will receive an email notice from the CAD Department office at their SFSU email address within two weeks of the application deadline date re: status of the application.
  • If a student has not received an email notice, it is her/his responsibility to contact the CAD Department office to find out about the application’s status. Students who fail to do this will be unable to register for CAD 600 and CAD 601, or CAD 610 and CAD 611, which will result in a delay of graduation.
  • Once a student receives notice that her/his application has been approved, the student will be required to attend a MANDATORY orientation. During the orientation, placement requirements, expectations, and deadlines are discussed. No excuses are accepted. The orientation typically occurs on a Friday approximately one month after the applications are approved.  Students who cannot attend the orientation will have to delay their internship until another semester.
  • If an application is denied, the student must complete a new application and RE-APPLY for the next semester.

Mandatory Internship Orientations

If a student's application for Spring 2015 internship has approved, s/he must attend a mandatory CAD Internship Orientation. The schedule is listed below; please make sure to be available. Failure to attend this orientation means having to delay one's internship.  A new application must be submitted for internship the following semester. For questions, please contact: Dr. Nadine Agosta – agosta.nadine@gmail.com

1)  Orientation for SA, YW, PAS concentrations - you must attend a MANDATORY orientation session
SA, YW, PAS concentrations – Friday October 10, 2014 10-12:30pm LIB 244

2) Orientation for ECE concentrations - TBD.  Approved students will be notified by SFSU email of the date/time and location.