Intern FAQ

Cal Poly Humboldt School of Business Internship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a significant relationship between internships and jobs. Companies need candidates who can hit the ground running and apply what they learn in the classroom to solve complex problems in the workplace. The Internship Program in the School of Business provides supervised hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate business students. The program links classroom business concepts with actual business practice and problems and applies learning to a variety of for-profit and non-profit settings. Qualified interns are eligible for an honorarium and class credit for the completion of the allotted hours of work and all class requirements. In addition, students may be able to substitute this class for a different class a student needs in an effort to not offset timing for graduation. The work will be several job-related duties specific to the assigned site that provide for progressive learning rather than repetitive activity. These projects will be focused on various business activities ranging from business planning to social media assistance to accounting and finance. In addition, these activities should provide meaningful output for the organization.

Prospective Undergraduate Intern FAQs

Do I qualify?
To apply, you need to be an undergraduate student studying Business Administration, you should be either a Junior or Senior, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and be available to dedicate 180 hours of your spring semester to working hard and providing an amazing contribution to your business and the community.

How do I apply?
You will need to complete the online only application (found on the School of Business website on the Internship tab). After this first step, you then need to submit a physical copy of your DARS report and a professional resume (cover letter optional but desirable) to the School of Business Office (SH 111).

What is expected of me during the internship?
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in their internship. Students who are selected as interns enter into their positions as representatives of Cal Poly Humboldt. If a student proves incapable of performing his or her job at a certain level of competence and in a professional manner, it could lead to a situation in which the sponsoring organization refuses to accept future interns. For these reasons, it is of utmost importance that you always act with respect and use professional communication with others.

If I have a paid internship/award, do I receive a check? If a student owes money to the university, that debt will be withheld from the award. Also, Financial Aid may put the money towards loans unless students are able to readjust their Cost of Attendance budgets. We encourage students to contact a Financial Aid Counselor for assistance.


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