Photo: Kevin Smullin Brown, Reggie Williams (former Intern) and Carol Anne Smullin
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 every fall and spring semester. Students can work with their major advisor to include this course in their major contract. Academic credit is based on the student's performance during the internship and weekly class. Students may begin the application process by filling out the Student Community Internship Application survey found at the top right side of this webpage. The next step is to submit a physical copy of your professional resume and your updated DARs to the School of Business office (SH 111).
All businesses (for-profits, non-profits, government) interested in providing internship opportunities and lending their valuable time to mentor a student intern, please begin by filling out the Business Site Application survey at the top right side of this webpage. Once you complete your survey, you will be contacted by the Internship Coordinator, Christopher Gaines, or his Internship Coordination team with further instructions.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA Internship, 2 units) Program provides students with hands-on opportunities for tax preparation for clients in our community. 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. 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. 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. Interns will be required to research and apply current tax law while using accepted accounting procedures as they investigate various issues involving the clients served.
Interns will be required to conduct Quality Review checks on each tax return prepared. In addition to the technical expertise required, Interns must develop/possess excellent communication skills as they interview clients and discuss the application of the tax law as it pertains to that individual’s tax return. Upon completing the Internship, students will be proficient in researching and applying tax law, while completing individual tax returns of varying difficulty levels and diverse issues. This program provides critical services to the communities we serve.
• Position Type: Internship
• Position Detail: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
• Undergrad or Graduate: Undergraduate
• Work Study not accepted
• Stipend-Funded Positions Available: 15
• Available for Spring term only
• 4 Hours per week
• Academic Credits: 2
• Submit application materials to VITA Internship Program Director (see School of Business website for details)
• Academic Preparation and Pre-Requisites: Must enroll in BA 482; Business Major with an Accounting concentration, 3.0 GPA; need recommendation from advisor and HSU faculty member; IRS Certification at the Advanced level required after training (provided in class); tax accounting background preferred but not required.
• Skills Required: Possesses good interpersonal skills; ability to maintain a professional demeanor; maintain high ethical standards while accessing confidential client information; work with computers; ability to research as needed
• Site of Work: School of Business with the possibility of working ad additional VITA sites in the community
• Brief Position Description: Prepares tax returns for community members and provides assistance with tax-related issues.
For more information regarding the VITA Program please contact: Sandra Rowan, MBA.
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.