Internships

LIBS 499 Internship

Libs 499 internship is an activity that is required for all Track 1 students to finish your degree in Liberal Studies. The majority of our students say that their internship have led them to jobs or to the next step in their career path, and it just may be one of the most important classes you take while at Sonoma State University. 

As you get ready for your internship, please consider the following guidelines. If you have further questions, Contact Hillary Homzie homzie@sonoma.edu, the internship coordinator in the School of Arts and Humanities. 

  1. The first step is to decide what sort of internship interests you. 
    For example, would you like to work for a winery, in retail, for a non-profit, government agency, in human resources, in a public school, administrative work, or social services? The choice is yours.
  2. Make sure you have a polished resume and cover letter.
    It's important to have a professional resume and a well-crafted, compelling cover letter to serve as your introduction. After you send out inquiries, make it a habit to follow up, and always sound enthusiastic and respectful. 
  3. Make an appointment with Becky Young in the Career Center. 
    Career advisor Becky Young will help you create and strengthen your resume. She will also critique your cover letter and recommend strategies to help you highlight your interests and strengths. She can also show you how to search for an internship. You can reach her by email at becky.young@sonoma.edu or you may drop by her office in International Hall Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. 
  4. Start your internship search. 
    To make your initial contact with a potential employer, it is recommended that you start with a phone call. Area employers are always thrilled to hear from Sonoma State students. You should ask if they will have internship credit. Career advisor Becky Young can also help you find internship opportunities. There also plenty of internship possibilities right here on campus. It's just a matter of asking. 
  5. Once you have been offered a semester-long internship, fill out the required forms and get your internship supervisor's signature. 
  6. Decide how many units that you want for your internship. 
    You may register for a one-, two-, three- or four-unit internship. Some students even sign up for multiple internships in one semester. Keep in mind that you must work 45 hours to earn one unit of credit. For example, to earn for units, you must work 180 hours. Make sure hours you commit to work fit your schedule. 
  7. Get signature. 
    Once you have completed the internship agreement and contact form and have two copies of the advising log, visit Hillary Homzie during her office hours to get her signature. You must have her signature in order to register.
  8. Put contract/agreement in Stephanie Dyer mail box, Carson 44.
    After you have turned in your contract/agreement, it will take one to two weeks for the class to show up in your student portal. It is your responsibility to make sure that the class, LIBS 499, and the correct number of units show up in your portal. If you receive financial aid, please mark financial aid in capital letters at the top of your agreement/contract.