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SDSU Career Services | Internship Summit | Spring 2014

Fall 2013 Internship Survey


Overview

37 departments / programs
surveyed

Variety of approaches in securing an


internship for students
Department established contacts vs.
Student driven initiative
For-credit / paid internship / both
Internship required for major

Common Themes &


Challenges
Preparation of students prior to
internship
Posting of internship opportunities
& expanding employer contacts
Service Learning Agreements
Developing and tracking of SDSU
Alumni engagement with
internships

Preparation of Students
Prerequisite courses in department
Orientation

Etiquette
Resume
Interview
Communication (faculty student
supervisor)
Liability & Insurance

Career Services Internship


Workshop Series

Expanding Internship
Opportunities

Established ongoing relationships


with employers / agencies
Influx of employers contacting
departments seeking student interns
Screening employers for appropriate
educational experience and/or fair labor
practices
Posting of opportunities for students

Aztec Career Connection

Service Learning
Agreements (SLA)

Most common challenge expressed in


survey
Over 1,300 established SLAs
Specific to colleges/departments (Not universitywide)

Current process is prohibitive to establishing


new opportunities / maintaining established
relationships with employers
Documentation and Signatures
Insurance requirements

Lack of staffing/resources for administrative


tasks related to SLAs
Streamlining of process

SDSU Alumni Engagement


Established Alumni Networks
Development of alumni contact lists
within departments
Tracking of intentional alumni
engagement with internships
Aztec Mentor Program
SDSU Alumni Association