Academic Internships (Unpaid)

Offering an Unpaid Internship or other forms of unpaid applied experiences (service learning, volunteering) to students is uniquely reserved for Non-Profit Organizations. Unpaid internships most commonly include Academic Credit for the student. Unpaid academic internships and other experiences where academic credit is involved require students to be enrolled in a related course and the organization and CSUB must enter into an agreement.

For-Profit companies considering unpaid internship are advised to review the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act regarding academic internships.

Two options for an agreement are possible:

Short-Term Agreement (Two Academic Quarters)
  • Offers a specific project / short-term learning activity to students
  • The experience is short-term (maximum two quarters)
  • For an internship, the task/activity includes at least 60% professional development
  • Experience should support the Bakersfield community
  • A Short-Term Agreement takes a few weeks to develop and creates a temporary relationship

Three-Year Contract
  • Offers a wide range of tasks / projects
  • The program is ongoing
  • For Internships - the tasks/projects include at least 60% professional development
  • Can engage a variety of majors
  • Experience supports the Bakersfield community
  • A 3-year contract is developed (requires approximately 3 months to process)

COMPLETE THE PARTNERSHIP REQUEST AND RISK SELF ASSESSMENT FORM TO GET STARTED.

After completing the form, you will receive an email / phone call from CECE staff to continue the process.



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