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Employers: Looking for an Intern?

Thank you for your interest in working with our MCJ department and our amazing students. We've included some useful information on this page for companies who may be interested in recruiting our students for internships.

Internship Requirements

  • To complete an internship for college credit, students must be MCJ majors or minors and work for an organization first approved by the MCJ Internship Coordinator.
  • Students must be under the direct supervision of someone with at least 5 years experience in the area(s) from which the student will be engaged and learn.
  • Students are not allowed to work from a personal residence to complete their internship.
  • Students are required to complete the required hours for the enrolled number of units (1 unit = a minimum of 50 hours total (25 hrs by mid-term); 2 units = a minimum of 100 hours total (50 hrs by mid-term); 3 units = a minimum of 150 hours total (75 hrs by mid-term). Companies should not exceed these required hours.
  • We offer internships for credit in the Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May) and Summer (End of May-end of July) semesters. Please contact the MCJ Internship Coordinator to learn about specific dates.

Learning Site Requirements

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications. 
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.  Duties required by the student must be outlined on the learning agreement prior to the start of the internship.
  • There is direct supervision by a professional with at least 5 years expertise and educational and/or professional experience in the field of study.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor. 
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. The student is not expected or should be asked to use their own resources and/or equipment unless outlined in the learning agreement completed at the onset of the internship.

U.S. Labor Laws & Paid vs Non-paid internship


If you are a for-profit company, please note that the U.S. Department of Labor has strict guidelines regarding paid vs. unpaid internships. If you are looking for a student to fill an unpaid internship, you will be required to provide the MCJ Internship Coordinator with a written plan, subject to Department approval, regarding how your organization will abide by the Department of Labor Standards for unpaid internships. Visit the U.S. Dept of Labor's web page for more information.


Students interning at nonprofit organizations are eligible to earn a stipend for successful completion of 150 hours. Visit Fresno State Career Services for more information about this valuable program. Half of the stipend, plus an administrative fee, (total = $790) is paid by the nonprofit, and the other half of the stipend ($750) is paid by the Community Service Scholarship Program. So, the student earns $1500 for the semester. 

Please note that if your internship opportunity doesn't meet our requirements (above), students will not be made available and MCJ students will not be able to earn college credit for your opportunity. If the Internship Coordinator learns that the requirements are not being adhered to during the internship, the intern may be removed before the completion of the internship.

Recruiting Interns

If your organization is looking for an intern, please contact Dr. Pierce to learn more about setting up an internship. If your company is interested in recruiting interns, here is a few things you'll need to do.

1. Ensure that you are approved by the MCJ department and the university (contact the Internship coordinator- Dr. Pierce)

2. Send the internship coordinator a description of the internship and requirements. This should include:

  • Information about your organization
  • A brief description of the internship opportunity and what the students will be learning about and doing in the internships.
  • Any deadlines or company requirements. This can also include any specific skills you might be looking for with the interns (e.g., photography skills, social media experience, etc.).
  • Contact information and how the student should “apply” for your internship.

3. Internship descriptions should be submitted each semester that the company is seeking interns (even if your company is a continuing participant in our internship program).

4. Please send the description(s) to the internship coordinator at least several weeks prior to the given semester. The deadline for students to sign up for internships is typically within the 2nd week of the new semester.

5. Once an internship description is approved (and the company has been approved), it will be submitted to our MCJ students. Any interested student will then contact the company directly about obtaining the internship for the semester.

*NOTE: The Internship Coordinator reserves the right to remove the student from an internship if she suspects the company is not complying with the requirements and/or labor regulations.

MCJ Internship Coordinator

If you have an internship opportunity or have any questions, please contact Dr. Tamyra Pierce at or 559.278.2632.