How to Start a Master Student Internship Agreement with the County
Master Student Internship Agreement is a contract between San Bernardino County and a local school that allows the County to broaden its ability to acquire a diverse and innovative pool of intern candidates, while providing local college students opportunities for gaining valuable work experience and assisting them with fulfilling their academic requirements. These Agreements are only required for
unpaid student internships, not paid student internships. Unpaid Internships provide students with training, educational benefits, and work experience in the student’s field of study, but without any compensation.
The County has Master Student Internship Agreements with the schools listed below:
- California Baptist University
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, San Bernardino
- San Bernardino Community College District (i.e., San Bernardino Valley College & Crafton Hills College)
- University of La Verne
- University of Redlands
- University of Riverside, School of Public Policy (only)
- University of Southern California
As the County reaches additional Agreements with local schools, this list will be updated.
Note: The County requires that a Master Student Internship Agreement be approved by the County’s Board of Supervisors and the school prior to the commencement of any unpaid student internship. View a sample agreement.
In order for the County to consider a student for an unpaid internship, the County must have an approved Master Student Internship Agreement with the school in which the student attends before the internship can begin. The Master Student Internship Agreement must be approved by the County of San Bernardino, Board of Supervisors and the school's appointing authority before any student of the school can begin interning.
Steps to begin the Master Student Internship Agreement process:
- A school may contact County Human Resources, Employment Division (909.387.8304) to inform the County that there is interest in establishing an Agreement with the County. The County also may reach out to local school to establish Agreements.
- County Human Resources will schedule an appointment with the school contact(s) to review and discuss the process of the internship program. Typically, a representative from the school’s Career Development department is present.
- The County will draft a proposed Master Student Internship Agreement specifically tailored to the school of interest.
- The proposed Agreement will require review by each party’s counsel and risk personnel and may require multiple reviews and iterations by both parties before an Agreement can be reached.
- Once an Agreement is reached between both parties, the County will submit the Agreement to the County Board of Supervisors for final approval.
- When the Agreement has final approval, County Human Resources will inform the school of the approval.
- Students and schools may also contact the Human Resources, Employment Division to inquire about current and upcoming internship opportunities.