UNPAID internship?

Need SPA.

When a Fulton student will be earning academic credit for an internship, an agreement must be in place between the employer, student and ASU.

  • If the internship is PAID, skip the below Student Placement Agreement (SPA) verification step. Contact your academic advisor or review your program’s website for their specific internship registration process, which incorporates SPA elements into that form. The career center is not involved when the internship is paid.
  • If the internship is UNPAID, a valid Student Placement Agreement (SPA) between ASU and the employer is required. Follow the below instructions prior to completing your academic program’s specific internship registration process.

For your Unpaid internship, ensuring there is a Student Placement Agreement (SPA), is just one step in the internship course registration process. Each student must check with their academic advisor for their specific registration paperwork process and deadlines. Please complete this Student Placement Agreement Request form, then email it to engineering.careers@asu.edu. Please use “<Your Name> / <Company Name>- UNPAID SPA request” as the subject line. The Career Center will check if there is an existing agreement.

  • If there is a current agreement, you will receive an email confirming there is one in place. Please ensure you are following your department’s process for registering for the internship. The UNPAID SPA process is only one element of the registration process.
  • If there is not an existing agreement, the Career Center will send instructions and the agreement to your contact OR you can send this webpage link to your contact. Usually a company will elevate this agreement to a department that has authority to sign on the company’s behalf.
    • Depending on the company, it can take several days or weeks for someone from their company to review and sign the UNPAID SPA, so ensure your contact is aware of the process.
    • Please ask your supervisor to include you in the email when they submit the signed UNPAID SPA forms to ASU so you know they have done their part. If your academic department hasn’t already permitted you to continue with the registration process, they typically will allow you to continue with the registration process once ASU receives the signed SPA from the company even before the company receives a returned copy. Once ASU receives the forms, it can take 5-7 business days to get signatures and to return a copy to the company.
      • On occasion, a company will not sign a student placement agreement, which may mean you might not be able to earn academic credit for your internship. If you are told this, please let the career center know, by responding to the email chain from your original inquiry. The career center will contact the company to try to resolve any SPA issues.
      • Depending on your academic department they might allow you to register for the internship course once the request has been sent to the employer. Your academic department may require a final SPA verification prior to you starting the UNPAID internship. Please ensure you are following your department’s process for registering for the internship.
In order for ASU students to receive academic credit for their pending UNPAID internship experiences, ASU requires a valid Student Placement Agreement between the employer and ASU to help ensure a supportive learning environment.

  • Please read the Student Placement Agreement Instructions. Forward the instructions and the student placement agreement to the person who has signature authority in your company if it is not you.
  • Complete the contact sheet and sign the Unpaid Student Placement Agreement
    • If your company has questions about the document, wants to propose changes to the standard UNPAID agreement(s) or has a substitute document for ASU’s consideration, please contact the career center first.
    • Return the typed contact sheet and signed agreement(s) .pdf documents to engineering.careers@asu.edu, using “<Student Name> / <Company Name>- UNPAID SPA completion” as the subject line.
    • Once it has been signed by the company and approved by ASU, the company will receive an electronic copy.
    • If your company cannot sign an UNPAID Student Placement Agreement, the student might not be able to earn academic credit. Some programs require an internship for academic credit. Please contact the career center to discuss concerns or to be referred to the appropriate academic department to discus possible alternatives.
    • Thank you for supporting Fulton Schools of Engineering students in their educational and professional pursuits.

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