The Value of Internships:

Students – The value to students is a “hands-on” experiential academic experience aimed at career-related learning with application of concepts and models acquired from current and previous coursework. Personal development and professional preparation are outcomes that will help students in their transition to business professionals.
Sponsoring organizations – The added value to organizations is the delivery of a defined outcome – i.e. a deliverable resulting from a project with clearly articulated, compelling objectives for the specific term. The sponsoring organization will define a business issue or challenge that may require research, active organization collaboration and recommendations.
HSU School of Business – The internship program serves the School’s priority of providing experiential learning opportunities for students and enhanced links to the community.

Community Internships

The Humboldt State University School of Business academic internship program, which began in 2012, provides supervised hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate 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 local settings. Interns will be mentored by two professionals – the HSU professor and the organization’s intern supervisor.
Internship opportunities may come in a variety of forms. Some potential focus areas include:
• Project management
• Business planning and development
• Organizational planning and development
• Process evaluation
• Inventory evaluation and planning
• Marketing assessment
• Cost of Goods evaluation
• Event planning and design

Details for Prospective Community Interns and Business Contacts:

BA 482 (Internship, 4 units) is offered each year in the Spring Semester. Students apply to the Internship Director for admission to the course. Academic credit is based on the intern’s performance in the internship. Students can work with their major advisor to include this course in their major contract.
Students interested in a BA 482 internship should complete the application process in the fall term in preparation for spring internships.  Complete the Internship Application  and submit with your resume and your updated DARs to School of  Business office (SH111) or by email to  Follow-up meetings will be set for completing the process.  All businesses (for-profits, non-profits, government) interested in providing internship opportunities, please contact our Internship Coordinator Chris Gaines, MBA.

VITA Internships

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA Internship, 2 units) Program provides students with hands on opportunities for tax preparation. All of the VITA Interns will be working on-site at Humboldt State University, with the possibility of helping at additional VITA sites in the community.  Their duties will include certifying through the Internal Revenue Service test site at the advanced level of income tax preparation as the prerequisite for all future activities.   Included in the training is a section on ethics and the required Standard of Conduct.  The interns will meet and interview members of the community, and use an on-line tax preparation computer program to input the required information and prepare an accurate and complete Federal and State tax return.  The Interns will be required to research and apply current tax law.  They will utilize accepted accounting procedures as they investigate various issues involving the clients we will serve. 

New to the program this year, is the requirement for the Interns to conduct Quality Review checks on each tax return prepared.  In addition to the technical expertise required, the Interns must develop excellent communication skills as they interview the clients and discuss the application of the tax law as it pertains to their individual tax return.  At the end of the Internship, students will be proficient in researching and applying tax law, while completing and electronically filing individual tax returns of varying difficulty levels and issues. This program provides critical services to the community.

For more information regarding the VITA Program please contact: Sandra Rowan, MBA.