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How to Post an Internship

Welcome! We are so pleased you are interested in recruiting an SDSU student for your company or organization!

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Recruiting interns

There are many different avenues for reaching out to students with your internship opportunties.

 

In order to give all students an opportunity to view postings, we encourage employers to post their internship positions on Aztec Career Connection.

 

Posting a Paid Internship

Paid internships and jobs for qualified organizations can be posted at any time on the Career Services “Aztec Career Connection” site: http://career.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/career/employerservices.aspx  Click "Register for a new account" and then follow the instructions. It will take about a day for SDSU Career Services/Employer Services to complete a background check. Once your company has been approved, you will receive an email verification letting you know. Please note that Career Services does reserve the option not to register organizations in Aztec Career Connection.

Posting an Unpaid Internship

For Unpaid internships, students MUST earn academic credit and MUST be enrolled in an internship course.  Career Services refers you to an academic departmental contact.  Employers must proceed through a process to be reviewed and receive approval to offer an internship for credit through an academic department(s), which is the Service Learning Agreement (SLA).  This process can assist you in finding qualified students in the academic program who can also receive credit for their internship experience.

To find the Department Internship Contact for the major(s) you would like to recruit, go to https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/career/departmentalinternships.aspx  This website lists the major, Department Internship Contact (name, email, phone number), and what type of internship the contact handles. 

Once you have an approved SLA (takes approximately 1-2 weeks), then you will be able to post your Unpaid internships on Aztec Career Connection. You will need to create an employer account in Career Services “Aztec Career Connection” site: http://career.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/career/employerservices.aspx  Click "Register for a new account" and then follow the instructions. It will take about a day for SDSU Career Services/Employer Services to complete a background check. Once your company has been approved, you will receive an email verification letting you know. Please note that Career Services does reserve the option not to register organizations in Aztec Career Connection. 

It is highly recommended that you review the Fair Labor Standards Act and SDSU's Internship Definition Matrix.

4 Steps to getting started

  1. Identify the Site Supervisor (person at the company/organization who will directly train and supervise the intern).
  2. Develop a Job Description, including potential projects and responsibilities.
  3. Review Criteria for Approving an Internship.
  4. Need more information? Contact Chris Turntine, Associate Director- Employer Services & Campus Planning, turntine@mail.sdsu.edu or 619.594.4382.

Tips for creating an internship posting

 A good posting has:

  • Information about the company
  • Location of the internship
  • Whether the internship will be paid or unpaid
  • Information about the internship program/intern's specific duties
  • Specific eligibility/qualifications
  • Employer contact information
  • Directions for applying


 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)

Internship Program "How To"

NACE logoThe National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects campus recruiting and career services professionals and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences.

Visit the NACE Internships page for continuously updated info and resources, including: