Table of Contents:
Benefits of an HLI Internship 
HLI Intern Learning Outcomes
Student Requirements & Eligibility
Student Expectations

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.
  • Students selected for the HLI Internship Program will attend the Intern Orientation on the 2nd Friday at the beginning of the semester.
  • During Intern Orientation, students will be provided their site placement and the next steps to starting their internship.
  • 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.
  • Students will attend 2 mandatory focus group meetings during the semester (these meetings are held on Fridays).
  • At the end of the internship, students will complete an evaluation of their internship experience, and attend at the HLI Recognition Ceremony held in April.

Benefits of an HLI Internship

  • Paid internship experience
  • An opportunity to apply classroom exercises in a real-world 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
  • A potential to develop a network of professional relationships

HLI Intern Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the HLI Internship, an intern will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication, critical thinking skills, and intellectual initiative.
  • Integrate theory into practice in a real-world occupational setting based on the project or program to which the student is assigned.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the norms of his/her internship site placement (workplace comportment, etc.).
  • Clarify his/her professional goals at the conclusion of the internship. Demonstrate active engagement and intellectual initiative throughout the internship process.

Student Requirements & Eligibility

All students must meet the following to be considered for an HLI Internship:

  • 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

Student Expectations

All participating HLI interns are expected to behave in a professional manner consistent with the CI Student Code of Conduct and follow these additional guidelines:

  • Be punctual and responsible at your internship site
  • Create and follow a consistent work schedule with your site supervisor
  • Be coachable and willing to learn
  • Wear appropriate professional attire at all times at your internship site
  • Pay attention to details and ensure all written correspondence is free from grammatical and spelling errors 

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