Faculty/Staff Internship FAQs

1. What types of interns are available from Fresno State?

Students seek internships in all academic areas of study.

2. Do interns have to be paid?

It is up to employer to decide if students will be paid or not.

According to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), it is important to remember that any student not paid must be part of a training program and not completing work that would be provided by a regular employee.

Interns can be paid an hourly wage or a stipend. If the internship is paid, the employer is responsible for workers compensation and any state or federal payroll taxes.

Hourly wages vary from $9-$15 per hour (avg. $9.75 per hour). If a stipend is offered, it must be greater than or equal to the minimum wage rate.

Most interns are able to receive 3 units of credit from their department.

3. Will Career Development Center pre-screen interns for us?

Ultimately the work site decides if the intern is a good match with the company’s culture and if the student qualifies for the internship project offered by the work site.

4. When are interns available?

Students usually seek internships prior to the beginning of each semester. California State University, Fresno operates on a three -semester system—spring, summer and fall. Organizations that post internship positions 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of a semester will be assured the best pool of potential students.

Fall Semester—post positions by early August
Spring Semester—post positions at the beginning of January
Summer Semester—post positions by early May

Employers, faculty and staff are allowed to post paid internships any time throughout the year on HireFresnoState (formerly BulldogLink) vs. unpaid internships which are based on semester commitments.