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Students

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are encouraged to seek internships. CSUSB and the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration provide excellent resources for researching internship opportunities.  Students are encouraged to complete multiple internships while completing a Bachelor or Master's degree. 

Why Internships?

  • Internships improve professional skills
  • Internships improve employment prospects
  • Internships improve résumés
  • Internships provide an opportunity to earn elective credit

Internship Areas

Business and public administration students should seek internship opportunities that allow growth in the following areas:

Career Development Provides insight to career paths and succession planning within chosen field
Professional Skills Allows an opportunity to observe and apply classroom knowledge in a working environment
Industry Knowledge Expands knowledge regarding the industry, potential competitors, vendors, customers, and products/services
Communication Skills Provides an opportunity to improve verbal and written communication skills
Personal Skills Provides an opportunity to interact with organization leaders, and work in a diverse environment

At the onset of an internship, students are asked to establish key goals and objectives.  Strong goals and objectives will benefit both the intern and employer. The Jack H. Brown College (JHBC) internship program was not established just to offer students credit for work, but rather, the program enables students to build a résumé with strong examples within a real-world environment. The program must balance that objective with the needs of the employer.

Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Internships can either be paid or unpaid, depending on the organization. 

PAID INTERNSHIPS All for-profit agencies should offer an hourly wage or stipend. If a wage or stipend is not possible, options can be arranged.
UNPAID INTERNSHIPS City, County, State, Governmental, and non-profit agencies have the option to offer either paid or unpaid internships. 

JHBC Resource Network offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities.

Enrolling for Credit

  • Students securing an approved internships are eligible to enroll in a 4-unit internship course  
  • Internship courses are offered on a Credit (CR), or No-Credit (NC) basis
  • Internship courses count within the administration concentration elective requirement 
  • Internship courses are either 575/675, depending on class level; and enrollment is restricted to upper-division and graduate-level students
  • Internships must be approved by the Internship Coordinator, and possibly the Department Chair 
  • Internship courses require department consent, therefore students cannot self-enroll via My Coyote
  • Details regarding the steps to enroll and earning internship credit are available within eligibility guidelines
  • Contact the JHBC Internship Coordinator with any questions 

What Students Are Saying About Internships

The following testimonials are from previous JHBC interns.

Testimonials

"I advise every student to look into taking an internship for a quarter.  It will help you understand the material you are learning."

"Overall, the experience and knowledge I have gained through this inernship are things that I can take with me and use the rest of my life.  This internship was one of the best experiences of my life.  It has changed my professional goals, and the things I want to accomplish in my professional career." 

"The last couple of months in my career and educational path has been the greatest experience in my four years of college.  The internship has provided me with countless opportunities that I wouldn't be able to get in school.  This experience will benefit me in the future, and differentiate me from competitors."