Internship FAQs


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How do I advertise an available internship at my organization?

Before advertising an available internship, potential hosts should carefully consider their obligation to the student to provide a valuable in-field learning experience. The United States Department of Labor outlines the following six criteria as a test for unpaid internships:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

First, the organization should create an internship description for each available internship position (there are samples available). Your internship description should include the following information:

Second, post your available internship CSU Career Center Handshake database. Students will be directed to this database to search for available internships. Interested students will contact you for more information, or to apply for your internship opportunity.


Lastly, email your internship description(s) or Questions to the LEAP staff Emailed descriptions will be emailed directly to LEAP students and physically posted on the LEAP bulletin board. Return to Top


What does LEAP need from me in order to host an intern?
The most essential components for a successful internship are a clear, written agreement and a safe work environment. The LEAP Institute for the Arts requests that you send an internship description. Once you have a potential intern, you should both work to complete the LEAP Internship Agreement Form. The completed form is to be returned to the LEAP internship supervisor for approval prior to beginning the internship work. This agreement form will act as a syllabus; each internship is different, each student is different and each host is different which means that the learning objectives for each internship will be unique. Please see our main Internship page for information on how to write effective learning objectives for this document. Completed internship agreements should be returned to the LEAP Internship Coordinator for approval. Approval of the internship agreement will allow the student to register for the appropriate course. Students are responsible to providing ongoing monthly activity reports to CSU internship coordinator in a timely manner. A LEAP Internship Time Sheet is available to assist students in tracking their hours. Lastly, hosts must provide feedback and a written evaluation (to be emailed by CSU internship coordinator to internship host no later than the conclusion of internship hours). An evaluation form is available. Return to Top



How many hours am I expected to complete?
Graduate students are expected to complete 150 – 200 hours per semester, and undergraduate students are expected to complete 100 – 150 hours per semester. Return to Top

How many internships do I need to complete?
Graduate students must complete two (2) semester long internships and undergraduates must complete one (1) semester long internship. Return to Top

What do I need to turn in?
Before your internship begins, you must turn in a completed internship agreement. You are responsible for sending monthly time sheets to your internship coordinator, and communicating with your host regarding your evaluation (due to the internship coordinator before the end of the semester). Return to Top

Do I need to take the seminar the same semester as the internship?
It is preferred that students register for both at the same time, but it is not necessary to take the internship seminar the same semester as you complete your internship hours. Students who plan to complete their hours a different semester than their seminar must communicate their plans to the internship coordinator ahead of time. Return to Top

How do I find an internship? Will someone help me?
Internships are unique to each student. Your career goals and aspirations will not be the same as another students’. Consequently, it is your responsibility to find an internship that works for you! You can do this in several ways. First, search the CSU Career Center Handshake database. Host companies that connect the LEAP Institute are directed to post their available internships here.


Handshake is a great tool to become familiar with because not only do employers post internships here, but job opportunities as well! Second, contact companies that you are interested in learning from to see if they have available internships, or would be interested in taking on an intern.

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