An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Students may utilize a wide range of resources to seek out an internship experience and are encouraged to develop a strategic plan to pursue opportunities based on their vocational and career interests. This process of exploration, planning and research is a valuable learning experience in itself as it relates to the job hunt upon graduation!
Students are encouraged to enroll for academic credit (upper division elective units) for their internship based on several criteria that is used to determine that the internship is, in fact, a valid learning experience.
For more information on how to find an internship and enroll for academic credit for your experience, please visit the Student Information page.
Employers interested in hosting a California Baptist University student intern are encouraged to register as an employer on CBU Career Connect and post the job description for the opportunity on the site. All internships, whether paid, or unpaid, must meet the criteria for academic credit in order to be posted as an "internship" on CBU Career Connect.
We can assist employers in the connection process with students who may be most interested in your opportunity but cannot "place" or assign a student to an internship.
Paid vs. Unpaid? It is important to realize that some unpaid internships may have legal limitations, and simply requiring a student to enroll for acadmic credit for an unpaid internship may not absolve the legal responsibility of an employer to pay an individual for work performed. For-profit companies are more likely to run this risk with an unpaid internship, but it is helpful for non-profits and government agencies to consider these implications as well.
For more information on the benefits of hosting a college intern, what defines an internship for academic credit, how to start an internship program, and legal considerations, please visit the Employer Information page.