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Community and Business Partners

Across the academic departments and within the College, faculty and staff work with area schools, non- profits, government agencies and businesses to support healthy families, workforce and economic development and student success. At any given time, 20% of the majors within the College of Professional Studies are interning, volunteering or enrolled in service learning courses out in the community. These experiences allow our students “real world” testing of classroom principles, and give local employers an opportunity to develop the future workforce for their agency. We thank our partners for giving our students these incredible opportunities to learn while doing, and being a part of their professional and career development.

There are many opportunities to partner with the College whether you are developing an internship program, looking for qualified job candidates, or just want to work with students. Our students bring energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to improve our communities to the table. We expect our students to be outstanding leaders in their fields, with a powerful commitment to lifelong learning and to promoting equity in opportunity.

Please call us at 707.826.5132 or email us at if you would like to discuss these or other opportunities.

Carol Anne Smullin


"The Patricia D & William B Smullin Foundation partnered with the HSU College of Professional Studies in order to establish an academic program of paid community internships that would both benefit the community we serve and student interns who should always be paid for their work. Our strategic partnership is founded on mutual trust and respect." - Carol Anne Smullin Brown


School-University-Community-Collaborative for Economic and School Success (SUCCESS)

The SUCCESS collaborative is a fluid group of HSU faculty, administrators and community partners from nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses that exists to

  • Coordinate and prioritize existing partnerships and future initiatives that focus on improving PreKindergarten through higher education, education and educator preparation, family literacy and adult education, strengthening work force development, and supporting families to thrive.
  • Better support HSU and other students by connecting academics with career experiences and opportunities.
  • Pool resources from different agencies to achieve common goals and outcomes.


Foundation Support

In 2012, the Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation began a partnership with the School of Business to develop a paid internship program for Business majors who are juniors and seniors. The Foundation provides a funding bridge of $80,000 per year through 2017 to pay for student honorariums. We are so grateful to these two outstanding local Foundations for providing this tremendous opportunity to our students.

In 2015, the Mel and Grace McLean Foundation joined the Smullin Foundation to provide internships specifically for the Fortuna and Eel River valley organizations. Like our Smullin partnership, the McLean award will pay student honorariums along with some mileage and administrative support, up to $35,000 per year. Our students are thrilled to be working alongside leaders from the Fortuna community.


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