Career Education & Professional Development (CEPD)

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Internship Program

The Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CEPD) helps facilitate the academic internship program for the Nazarian College. 
CEPD works to guide students through career exploration and readiness while building strong and lasting partnerships with engaged community and industry organizations.

Summer 2021 Updates:

The Summer 2021 application and enrollment period is now closed.

If an internship is secured now, please consider pushing the internship start date to align with the Fall semester.

Fall 2021 Updates: 

Students who plan to take 498c in Fall should register for an Internship Orientation Workshop.

The University Administration has made the decision to allow Physical and Hybrid Internships for academic credit in Fall 2021. Students will have the option to do an in-person, hybrid, or 100% virtual internship for academic credit.


Enrolling in the Internship Course (498c) is a unique process. There are many steps and requirements.

See the Steps to Enroll in the Internship Course (498c) here: PDF icon
The first requirement is attending an Internship Orientation Workshop. This workshop highlights the requirements, deadlines, and internship searching tips. Register to attend an Internship Orientation Workshop on Handshake.

The internship course has prerequisites for each major that must be met prior to enrolling in the course. Review the Prerequisites for 498c here: PDF icon

See the Complete Guide on How to Enroll in the Internship Course (498c) here: PDF icon


CEPD adheres to federal and state laws/guidelines regarding internship opportunities, as well as the NACE Position Statement on U.S. Internships.

For additional information and resources on internships, see our Students Page.


Verifying Internship Offers:

To verify internship offers, Internship Offer Forms are required when reporting an internship experience on Handshake. This is replacing previously required Offer Letters.

After reporting your internship Experience on Handshake, your supervisor will receive an email to complete the Offer Form via Adobe Sign.

Internship Supervisors must fill out the offer form before the internship experience can be fully approved.


In our internship program, you will serve as co-educators and help to guide new generations as they enter the workforce. 

Many of CSUN Nazarian students do internships for academic credit, therefore their internships must take place during that semester time frame. Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 135 internship hours during the semester they are enrolled. Please keep that in mind when hiring CSUN Nazarian students as interns. 

See the Internship Course (498c) Employer Guide here: PDF icon

General Academic Semester Timeline

  • Spring: January to May
  • Summer: May to August
  • Fall: August to December

Paid Internships vs Unpaid Internships

Academic internships can be a paid and unpaid opportunity.

Paid internships are defined as paying at least California minimum wage. For currently minimum wage, click here.

If you are offering an unpaid internship, please review the Department of Labor’s guidance on Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act and ensure that your internship opportunity meets the stated criteria for an allowable unpaid internship. Stipend and commission-only based internships are concerned unpaid as they will not meet minimum wage.

We adhere to NACE Position Statement on U.S. Internships and we expect our collaborators to do the same in the best interest of our students and their learning experiences.

How to Promote Your Internship Opportunity

  • Create an account on the Handshake.
  • Post and update your internship opportunities for students to view and apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our office at (818) 677-4697.