California State University, Office of the Chancellor 

September 9, 2011

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CSU Presidents


Charles B. Reed


Student Internships—Executive Order No. 1064

Attached is a copy of Executive Order No. 1064, which establishes guidelines for campus internship policy and procedures.

In accordance with policy of the California State University, the campus president has the responsibility for implementing executive orders where applicable and for maintaining the campus repository and index for all executive orders.

If you have questions regarding this executive order, please contact the Office of International Programs at (562) 951-4790.



c:    Executive Staff, Office of the Chancellor

Executive Order 1064

Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
(562) 951-4790


Executive Order:



Effective Date:


September 9, 2011



No Prior Executive Order



Student Internships

This executive order 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.

I.    Purpose

This executive order establishes guidelines for campus student internship policy and procedures and delegates responsibility for implementation to the campus president.

IIDelegation of Authority

The president is 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.

IIITerms 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 the organization at which the internship takes place.

1See “Managing Risk in Service Learning” for additional guidance.


IV.  Campus Student Internship Policy

Each campus is required to develop, implement, maintain and publish a student internship policy governing internships where the university makes the placement. Electronic copies of internship-related documents are permissible. See technical letter RM 2011-01 and the accompanying Release of Liability Handbook.  

General internship policy shall, at a minimum, includes the following:

  1. Internship Planning 

    • Individual to be responsible for oversight of the policy;
    • Academic policies for establishing an internship;
    • Awarding of academic credit;
    • Accommodation plan for students with special needs;
    • Emergency response plan;
    • Student compensation, if applicable; and
    • Minimum requirements for agreements between the internship site and university.

  2. Placement Assessment
  3. Prior to placing students, an assessment of the appropriateness of the internship site as a placement for CSU students shall be conducted. A written assessment summary of the internship site shall be completed and retained by the responsible campus office and be available for review. That summary shall respond, at minimum, to the following considerations:

    • The potential for the internship site to provide an educationally appropriate experience;
    • Identification of the potential risks of the internship site;
    • Identification of an appropriate individual from the host organization to supervise the student at the internship site;
    • Evaluation of the educational environment;
    • Evaluation of the potential for student academic experience and its relationship to the student’s academic study;
    • Selection criteria and basic skills required of the student; and
    • Agreement of internship site to meet campus expectations, including a signed placement agreement between the internship site and the CSU that addresses both the internship site's and the campus's role in the internship, as well as the student’s responsibilities.

  4. Internship Site Visits 
  5. Campus policy shall include criteria for when to conduct a site visit. The site visit may be bypassed if the campus can demonstrate and document sufficient knowledge of the internship site. This could be accomplished through online review, published materials or direct contact with the site.

  6. Placement and Orientation
  7. Before the student begins the internship, the following steps shall be completed: 

    • Student orientation that includes conduct expectations, health and safety instructions, and emergency contacts;
    • Student emergency contact form to be completed. If the internship placement is not required as part of the student’s academic program, the student must complete the liability waiver form (see Executive Order 1051); and
    • Learning agreement form signed by the student, internship site supervisor and university representative. The form addresses the work to be provided by the student, the learning outcomes, and the placement logistics (including hours and pay).

    Documentation of the above items shall be retained by the campus supervising office or a designated campus office.

  8. Annual Review
  9. Campus policy shall include a plan for annual review of the internships, both for educational purposes and for safety to the students. This review should take into account information gathered from on-site supervisors, faculty, university staff, and student experience.

V.  Document Retention

The campus is expected to retain documents related to each internship consistent with systemwide and campus document retention guidelines. See Executive Order 1031.

It is recommended that the instructional agenda, name and contact information for the internship site, student information, and executed liability waiver be retained together after the conclusion of the semester/quarter during which the internship took place. Electronic copies of the documents are permissible. See technical letter RM 2011-01 and the accompanying Release of Liability Handbook.

Dated: September 9, 2011

Charles B. Reed Chancellor