Internship Program

Networking Today For Tomorrow's Career


The mission of the Internship Program is to connect the classroom with the workplace by helping business and public administration 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. The program's objective is to enable a student to build their résumé with strong examples of their abilities within a working environment.


What is an Internship?

An internship is the opportunity for a student to work in an organization that allows them to gain practical experience in their chosen field.


Types of Internships

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.  Final approval for all undergraduate internships are determined by the CBPA Internship Coordinator. 

Final approval for all graduate students will be determined by the appropriate department's Graduate Faculty Advisor.


Qualities of a Strong Internship


  • The intern is introduced to multiple departments and functions within the organization.
  • The internship is project driven and provides interaction with various leaders, which may include projects/presentations.
  • The intern has a defined role which provides a strong understanding of the day-to-day operations of the host organization and its mission.
  • The host supervisor provides the intern with honest performance feedback which improves work skills.
  • The host supervisor and intern develop strong S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Timely) goals which are applicable towards their career path.
  • The intern provides an outside perspective into the organization's processes, work environment, and succes.
  • The host supervisor limits the amount of clerical and/or repetitive work to no more than 23% of the total internship hours.


Internship Arrangements

In order to maintain the integrity of CBPA's Internship Program, some arrangements are not in alignment with our program's mission. These situations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • An opportunity at a self-owned or family business.
  • An opportunity located at a home-based business.
  • A virtual, or online internship.
  • Internships requiring students to pay for participation.
  • An internship completed 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.


Get Connected!

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For further information, please contact:

Jessica Chavez

CBPA Internship Coordinator

Jack Brown Hall, Room 134

Phone: (909) 537-3881