Welcome to CBPA's Student Services Center
(Formerly the Undergraduate Advising and Internship Program Offices)
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The mission of Undergraduate Advising is to assist CBPA undergraduate students in better understanding their PAWs report to use as their official guide in completing all the course requirements for their desired type of degree under College of Business and Public Administration.
The Undergraduate Advisor can assist undeclared students in exploring what concentration might be the best for them given their background, strengths, interests, and so forth. The student will ultimately make the final decision on declaring a concentration.
The Undergraduate Advisor can also assist undergraduate students with questions about double majors, considering a major and a minor, pre-requisite courses, overload questions, add and drop questions, and other questions related to course selections.
The mission of the Internship Program is to connect the classroom with the workplace by helping students gain practical experience that improves their professional skills and employment prospects. We partner with businesses and organizations to create valuable internship opportunities for our students and benefit for the employers who hire them.
An internship is the opportunity for a student to work in an organization that allows them to gain practical experience in their chosen field.
Qualities of a Strong Internship
Allows the student to be exposed to multiple departments or functions within an organization
Is project driven and gives the intern the opportunity to interact with multiple levels of leadership and can include a final project presentation
Has a defined role for the intern that allows them to gain a strong understanding of the day to day operations of the business and its mission
Provides honest performance feedback to the student intern that will help them improve their work skills
Develops, in tandem with the student, strong S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Timely) that will translate well to their career path
Provides the organization an "outsider's" perspective into their processes, work environment and success
Limits the amount of clerical and/or repetitive work to no more than 20% of the total internship time
Internships can take place at a government entity (city, county, state), at a non-profit business (designated as a 501 (c) within IRS rules) or at a for-profit business.
The internship opportunity must be in alignment with the student's declared concentration and final approval for all undergraduate students will be determined by the Internship Program and Career Services Advisor in JB-134.. Final approval for all graduate students will be determined by the appropriate department's Graduate Faculty Advisor.
Exceptions on Internship Types Accepted
In order to maintain the integrity of CBPA's Internship Program, there are some arrangements that are not in alignment with our Program's mission. These situations include but are not limited to the following:
- An opportunity at your family's business
- An opportunity that is at a home-based business
- A "virtual" internship
Opportunities that are commission based or where the student is asked to pay to participate
- An internship at a student's own business
An internship that the student completed, without CBPA Internship Office oversight/knowledge, prior to requesting enrollment
An opportunity that presents a conflict of interest to California State University and/or the College of Business and Public Administration