Intern FAQs

What is the difference between an Intern Credential and a Short-Term Staff Permit (STSP) or Provisional Internship Permit (PIP)?

All three documents are issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. However, the Intern Credential is issued at the request of Chico State, whereas the STSP and PIP are issued at the request of the school district or county office of education. All three documents authorize the holder to be the teacher of record for an appropriate classroom setting.

An Intern Credential is only valid while the holder is enrolled in a credential program, is typically valid for two years, and is of higher authority than the STSP and PIP. Additional information on Intern Credentials may be found here.

Both the STSP and PIP are valid for a maximum of one year, and each can only be used once in a lifetime. The two documents are nearly identical; however, the PIP is for individuals without Subject Matter Competency, whereas the STSP cannot be used for an individual who has completed this requirement. Typically these documents are used as a stopgap measure while the holder satisfies the admission requirements for a credential program. Additional information is available for the STSP and PIP

Which School of Education pathways offer internships?

Internships are only available in the basic credential pathways: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist. The following pathways do not allow internships: Bilingual, Concurrent, and RiSE.

Does Chico State find Intern positions for interested credential candidates?

No. Chico State will convey information about available positions when requested to do so by school districts, but it is the individual's responsibility to locate and secure a qualifying Intern position. 

What is the process for obtaining an Intern Credential?

The first step is to locate (usually via EdJoin.org) an appropriate teaching position and complete the interview process. If the school offers a credential candidate a qualifying position, they will submit a formal Letter of Intent to Hire to Chico State. Once this letter, and the other documents required from the Intern Packet, are fully completed and submitted to the School of Education, we will review the documentation and recommend you for the credential, if eligible. After we submit your recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, you will need to follow the instructions you receive to apply for the credential. Typically from the day the prospective intern applies it takes 10 business days to receive the Intern Credential.

Just to be clear, which documents are required from the Intern Packet

We require an original Letter of Intent to Hire on letterhead, an Internship Requirements checklist, a signed Memorandum of Understanding, a signed Local Support Teacher Information Form, a Request for Recommendation Form, and $25 check.

The school district needs verification from Chico State that I'm eligible for an Intern Credential. Where do I get this verification?

Please contact Andrew Nichols (acnichols@csuchico.edu) to request a letter of eligibility for an Intern Credential.