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Service Learning Agreement Process Update

Beginning September 2016 the University procedure for processing Service Learning Agreements will become fully electronic.

Online SLA Process & AdobeSign Training with Heather LaPerle, Career Services
Learn how to use AdobeSign to complete the Service Learning Agreement (SLA) process fully online. 
To set up training, email Heather LaPerle at

Service Learning Agreement Resources

Per Executive Order 1064, Service Learning Agreements (SLA) are required for all organizations at which a student is completing an internship for academic credit.  Please note that for all UNPAID internships students MUST enrolled in an internship course and the organization MUST have an approved SLA on file with SDSU.  Here are resources to help you with the Service Learning Agreement process:

  1. SDSU completes SLAs electonically using AdobeSign, which is a web-based electronic signitures and document management system.  To request an account, visit the ETS HelpDesk website.
  2. Use the AdobeSign: How-to Guide for Online Service Learning Agreement (SLA) Process. Use the How to Use AdobeSign Guide for other ways to use AdobeSign and tips like setting up Google filters
  3. Visit the Contracts & Procurement Service Learning Agreement website to access the SLA Master List
  4. Contact the Campus Internship Coordinator Heather LaPerle,

Internship Resources

Internship Position Description Template

SDSU Internship Definition & Characteristics Matrix

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Paid vs. Unpaid Internships     

Service Learning Agreement (SLA) Master List

Internship Information for Faculty and Staff

January 26, 2017 iExchange Workshop PPT

Topics Covered

  • Fall 2016 Campus Internship Review Report & Internship Tracking Data Review

  • Alumni Engagement- Aztec Mentor Program and AHA!

  • Internship Program Best Practices- Risk Management Review of Interns Driving and SDSU's Release Wavier

What is an internship?

An internship formally integrates a student’s academic study with practical experience in a cooperating organization.

It is an off-campus activity designed to serve educational purposes by offering experience in a service learning, business, nonprofit, or government setting.

Internships provide a high-impact experience that help students to develop professionalism and learn to apply their knowledge as they transition successfully into the workplace.

San Diego State University recognizes the National Associations of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of an internship, which is available along with the characteristics of an internship (paid, paid for credit or unpaid for credit) by viewing the Internship Definition & Characteristics Matrix (PDF)

How do I recommend internships, jobs, and other programs to my students?

Via Aztec Career Connection.  If you don't yet have an account, follow these steps:

  1. Send an email with your first and last names, email address, and Red ID to Campus Internship Coordinator Heather LaPerle,  You will receive an email back, letting you know how to set up your password and access your account.
  2. Once your account is active, follow the directions in How to Use An Aztec Career Connection Faculty Account (PDF; download Adobe Acrobat Reader, if needed).

How do I post an internship?

For answers to these frequently asked questions, link to the Employers section of Internship Central.

  • How do I post an unpaid internship?
  • How do I post a paid internship?
  • What legal issues must be considered regarding internships?
Photo: SDSU Internship Fair

Aztec Career Connection Faculty/Staff Login

Benefits of Aztec Career Connection

When you have an Aztec Career Connection account, you will be able to view and recommend a variety of resources available to your students, including:

  • Internship and job postings 
  • Aztec Mentor Program, which pairs a mentor with a current student for 1 semester (an 8- to 12-hour time commitment)
  • Workshops including "Internships and You," "Rock Your Resumé," and more
  • Career Fairs
  • Information Sessions
  • Online tools including Big Interview and Going Global