CSUN encourages students to participate in meaningful internships in the community that are directly related to their course of study. While these student placements come with associated risks, campus departments can help ensure students enjoy safe and rewarding off-campus learning experiences by following certain risk management procedures.
This executive order (EO 1064) is issued pursuant to the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees, Section II (a) and (c). The California State University recognizes the beneficial educational purpose of student internships, as well as the need to maximize the educational experience while mitigating the risks to participants and minimizing the university's liability exposure.
This executive order establishes guidelines for campus student internship policy and procedures and delegates responsibility for implementation to the campus president.
Delegation of Authority
The president has delegated the responsibility for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the campus student internship policy, and to ensure there is a means for future review of the policy that is updated and communicated to faculty and staff at appropriate intervals.
Terms and Definitions
An internship formally integrates the student's academic study with practical experience in a cooperating organization. It is an off-campus activity designed to serve educational purposes by offering experience in a service learning1, business, non-profit, or government setting. For the purpose of this executive order "internship" does not include teacher preparation placements or clinical placements such as for nursing, counseling, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
An internship site is an organization at which the internship takes place.