Table of Contents:
Program Aims
Benefits of an HLI Internship
How it Works
Employer Expectations & Eligibility

Program Aims:

  • To provide participating interns with a paid experiential learning opportunity in a real-world occupational setting.
  • To build sustainable relationships with community partners to expand our network and increase workforce opportunities for our CI students/alumni.
  • To facilitate a learning experience where interns can demonstrate effective written and oral communication, critical thinking skills, and intellectual initiative.

Benefits of Participation Include:

  • A pre-screened, well-qualified and eager student in your field
  • A potentially cost-effective recruiting tool
  • An opportunity to provide one on one mentoring and make a real difference in a student's life
  • A possibility to use the student intern for special projects that you could not otherwise complete
  • A creative and skilled worker who can bring new skills and creative ideas to your organization

How it Works

  • Students apply to the internship program by submitting an application one semester prior to starting their internship site (October for Spring and April for Fall)
  • Employers propose a brief description of the internship duties including what the student is expected to provide for the employer and submit a completed application by the deadline (December for Spring and June for Fall).
  • Approximately 20 students will be selected after the screening and interview process.
  • Employers will be selected based on the  career interests of our intern pool which can vary each semester.
  • Once the employers are selected, a senior representative of the partner agency or corporation and the University procurement officer as designated signature authority will complete and sign an internship agreement.
  • The site supervisor at the partner agency or corporation will complete a mandatory Employer Orientation
  • All students in the HLI Internship Program will be expected to contribute a maximum of 120 hours of service to the employer/mentor over the course of the 16-week semester.
  • If the student wishes to receive academic credit, s/he will need permission from the appropriate program chair. The student is responsible for coordinating all paperwork for academic credit. 

Employer Expectations and Eligibility

All employers are expected to provide supervision and training similar to a traditional paid internship opportunity as outlined by the CDS Internship Guide to include the following:

  • A supervisor with knowledge and or skills related to the internship to provide training/mentorship to the intern.
  • On-going meetings between the supervisor and intern to discuss internship progress, training, feedback and professional development.
  • A physical work space equipped with office supplies and resources to complete the intern’s roles and responsibility (interns are not permitted to work or use their own personal property including a laptop to complete their internship work)
  • Orientation and training to ensure the intern understands appropriate use of facilities, company policies, and procedures related to their internship.
  • Attend the mandatory HLI Employer Orientation.
  • Complete an HLI intern performance evaluation twice per semester.
  • Complete all required forms and documentation including an internship agreement with CSU Channel Islands.

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