Internships

CAD Internship Requirement

A final internship is required of all CAD majors during the student’s final semester at SFSU. This academic 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 an internship and receive approval by the faculty Internship Committee one semester prior to one's desired internship. Please note that all Early Childhood majors must complete their internships on campus at either the ASI Early Childhood Education Center or the Children's Campus.

The application is posted on this website - see link to left - with the deadlines, both date and time, approximately one month before the due date.  The link also has the Internship Manual, possible internship agencies, internship contracts, FAQs, and the Intern Code of Conduct (also see links below).  Please review this helpful  information, because students are responsible for knowing the internship process and deadlines.

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 or any faculty office door before or after the deadline are not accepted.  Deadline dates and times are posted on this website each semester.

Reminder:  CAD majors in the Early Childhood concentration must conduct their internships on campus at either the Children's Campus or the ASI Early Childhood Education Center.

Application Process

  1. One semester before the intended internship, dates and the application form are put on the CAD website. Students completely fill out the Internship Application form and submit it to the CAD Department Office.  It should be date and time stamped by a staff person or it will not be reviewed.
  2. Students receive a confirmation email message from the CAD Department Office within two weeks of submitting their applications.  The email messages are sent to students' SFSU email address. Students who do not receive this email message within that time frame should contact the CAD office to determine the status of the application. It is the student's responsibility to check on the status of her/his application.
  3. After the deadline, the Internship Coordinator reviews the applications for completion and accuracy. Incomplete applications are returned to the student and may jeopardize the student's placement in the intended semester.  Applications then are approved or not approved by a faculty committee.
  4. Students receive email notification that the internship application has been approved.  Again, this message is sent to the student's SFSU email address.  These students receive information about a MANDATORY internship orientation.  Please note: The internship process stops here for students who cannot or do not attend the orientation and they must submit an application for the following semester.
  5. Students whose internship applications are not approved should submit another application for the following semester. This notification will be sent to the student's SFSU email address.

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 an internship the following semester.  The orientation covers information about the placement process, expectations, and deadlines.  It is typically scheduled on a Friday one month after students receive word that their applications have been approved.  Plan accordingly. 

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.

Links:

CAD Internship Manual

Internship Agencies

EC Internship Contract

SA, YA, PAS Internship Contract

CAD Intern Code of Conduct

FAQs
 

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.

Click to apply!

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

 

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.