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Internships are defined as formal work opportunities that integrate a student's academic program with their career aspirations.  Through Cal State East Bay-enabled internships, students will strengthen their academic experience as they participate in workplace opportunities and acquire professional skills that will influence their future careers. This includes courses formerly known as “Cooperative Education.”  This change was supported by the Cal State East Bay Academic Senate in CIC 17-18 4 and CIC 17-18 32, which changed the course titles and course descriptions for 398, 498, and 698 from “Co-operative Education” to “Internships,” in order to align more closely with CIC 15-16 4 and Executive Order 1064 (EO 1064).

Every student will now have the chance to take an internship course for academic credit through their major department or through General Studies (GS). Internship courses may be numbered differently when comparing majors however with the change in language to "internships" every major will have the opportunity to use the course numbers 498 for undergraduate and 698 for graduate internships. Existing internship courses will not be replaced by the 398, 498, 698 internship courses unless faculty choose to do so.  

In the event an academic department develops an internship course, we recommend faculty to review the Internship Guidelines and Internship Process Map.  CSU East Bay recommends internship courses align in the following ways:

398 Internships:  Introduction to professional development and internship readiness 

498 Internships:  Professional development and internship placement (suggested junior/ senior year).

698 Internships:  Professional development and internship placement (graduate) 

CSU East Bay values the internship experience.  Faculty teaching an internship course are required to follow Executive Order 1064.  Internship courses require the following documentation for compliance:

  • Internship sites should have a current MOU, contract/agreement on file with the University (this can be an online process using the CalStateS4 system
  • Each student should have a signed university waiver on file for their internship placement (this can be an online process using the CalStateS4 system
  • Each student should have a signed emergency information form on file for their internship placement (this can be an online process using the CalStateS4 system
  • Each student should have a time logs on file for their internship placement (this can be an online process using the CalStateS4 system
  • Each student/ site should have assessment of experience on file for their internship placement (this can be an online process using the CalStateS4 system

If you would like more information about EO 1064 and tracking non-academic internships, please review the Off-Campus Activities FAQ site.

 *"For the purpose of (Executive Order 1064) ‘internship’ does not include teacher preparation placements or clinical placements such as for nursing, counseling, social work, physical therapy or occupational therapy.”  This would also exclude teacher observation and teacher supervision experiences and are subject to university rules and regulations through their academic department and are expected to utilize the appropriate course for required experience. For more information please visit: The Center for Community Engagement 

 Student taking an internship placement course should receive the following experience:

  • Syllabus stating how many expected hours for internship (example: 30+ hours) 
  • Advising as needed from faculty regarding internship experience 
  • Student reflection assignment and participation in the Internship Showcase
  • Mid semester check-in 
  • End of semester internship assessment and exit interview 

It is through committed faculty and staff that CSU East Bay is able to provide a comprehensive applied learning experience for our students. We are gracious for their time and passion for students academic and professional success!    

How to clone the Internship course on Black Board

If you would like to copy from the GS Internship Course, please email with the following information:

Course_ID: M_internship
Destination_Course_ID: XXXX_XXXX_XXXXX 
(This can be found in the upper left hand corner of your course)

Areas to be copied: Internship Course Materials 

  • Sample Syllabus
  • Learning Outcomes
  • S4 Log-In / manual
  • Welcome schedule
  • Weekly reflection question's
  • Safety video
  • Mid semester check-in assignment
  • Smart Sparrow module on
    • Communication
    • Diversity
    • Professionalism
  • Exit interview

Creating an Internship Course

Is your College/Department thinking about creating a new internship course? 

Review the Internship Guidelines and Internship Process Map.  E-mail: and let us know! 

Internship sites must agree to:

  • Internship site must register through the CalStateS4 system and abide by all University requirements
  • Internship site is committed to an onboarding process for CSU East Bay intern   
  • Internship site must commit to connecting academic content to work experience 
  • Internship site must commit to mid semester check-in with CSU East Bay intern and University 
  • Internship site must commit to exit interview and assessment of CSUEB intern

S4 processing timeline: 

  • If a student would like to be placed with an internship site, it can take up to 3-5 business days to have a contract fully executed.  The first step in this process to becoming an approved internship site is for the community partner to complete the S4 Request to Initiate Partnership Form. This form is only available to flagged internship "INTRN" or service learning "CSL" courses using S4. For more information on how to flag your course as an internship, service learning and or both please email:


On campus internships

Although we encourage students to have an off site paid internship experience, there are opportunities here on campus that fulfill the internship experience.  Departments can refer students to enroll in GS 4898 undergraduate or GS 6898 internship course. If your department would like more information on how to establish an on campus internship experience please email:

Journals, Articles, & Publications


Papers and Reflections

Attention: Faculty and Staff teaching an internship course. If you would like to recommend a student to showcase their internship experience on our internship website please email: with student contact information and we will follow up with student to see if they are interested in sharing their experience with our campus community.  Please consider this opportunity for Fall and SPR final projects/ reflections.

Risk & Liability

There is always a level of risk involved when coordinating internship opportunities for students.  Please refer to the Academic Affairs Internship Guidelines and the AACE Employer Guidelines that address risk, liability, and compliance.

To report an incident please email:

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