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Table of Contents:
Benefits of an HLI Internship 
Letters of Recommendation
Frequently Asked Questions 

Benefits of an HLI Internship 

  • Paid internship experience
  • An opportunity to apply classroom exercises in a real-life context
  • Enhanced thinking, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Greater awareness of developing trends in the student's field of interest
  • A chance to explore career choices in a professional setting
  • Increased confidence, greater self-awareness and maturity
  • Potential opportunity to develop a network of professional relationships

Letters of Recommendation

HLI applicants are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation from their faculty as part of the application process.  It is extremely helpful for the HLI section committee to obtain insight of the HLI applicant’s academic and career goals from a faculty member who works closely with the student applicant. 

If a student has requested a letter of recommendation on their behalf, the following information will provide insight on what the HLI Selection Committee expects in the letter:

  • Provide an overall assessment of the candidate's potential to excel as an HLI intern. In other words, what is the candidate's professional promise and your evidence to support the assessment?
  • Identify the characteristics and achievements that are directly relevant to the candidate's potential intern performance.
  • Traits that should be considered for discussion in a letter include past job/task performances, relevant experience, intellectual ability, and personal attributes as they pertain to leadership quality, team building, perseverance, and communication skills.
  • Evaluation of accomplishments
  • The more detailed the narrative, the more persuasive the recommendation will be. An excessively brief letter, even if giving high praise, is often viewed as a weak recommendation.

Faculty/Staff Frequently Asked Questions 

What students are eligible?

Students from any major are eligible for this program, provided they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Junior or Senior standing (during internship semester)
  • A Cumulative GPA with a 3.0 or above
  • Enrolled in 6.0 units or more during the internship
  • Complete 120 internship hours in the semester (approximately 10-12 hours per week)
  • Participate in all orientation and HLI meetings
  • Complete the self-journaling exercises and program evaluation
  • Complete all forms and required documentation (e.g., learning plan)
  • Complete all employment forms and required documentation to Human Resources at CSU Channel Islands to determine employment eligibility

Who may write a letter of recommendation for a student?
Students may obtain a letter of recommendation from faculty members, staff, administrators, or prior employer supervisors.

What type of student would benefit from this experience?
Students who could benefit from a real-world internship experience in their field and practical experience in a professional setting. Applicants should demonstrate self-initiative, strong communication skills, and a willingness to learn.

When do applications close for each semester?
Generally, application deadlines are early November and late April for each semester. Interested applicants should complete the online application by the deadline to be considered.

How many students are generally selected each semester?
Typically, 20-25 interns dependent on the budget allowance.

How are students placed in their internship site?
We consider each HLI student's interests and talents as expressed in their application and secure placements in a variety of industry including government, business, and non-profits.

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