Work Based Learning Program

Work-Based Learning

In CHHSN, the Work Based Learning program will assist students with hands on experience and career development in health-related fields.
The college of Health, Human Services & Nursing Work-Based Learning Program will enhance our students learning experiences effectively and efficiently to help them develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and work habits to move successfully into the world of work.

Summer Internship

The goal of the Toro Health Pathways Internship Program in the CHHSN is to provide students with work-based learning opportunities through strong employer partnerships in the Los Angeles region. Academic programs in CHHSN consider field experience an educational component that helps students gain practical entry into their chosen professional program. Students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of health fields so that they can make better informed decisions about their career pathway.

Goals of the Internship Program

  • Build and sustain a diverse, culturally competent healthcare workforce.
  • Provide an opportunity for underrepresented students in the region to explore careers in health.
  • Provide students an opportunity to learn from health professionals and leaders.
  • Create a valuable professional network.

Toro Health Pathways Internship Program will benefit students by

  • Gaining practical experience and developing job skills in their chosen health career pathway
  • Clarifying their personal career goals
  • Connecting with professionals in the health fields that may lead to future job offers.
  • Applying skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to work-based learning and experiences.

Selection Criteria

Students who meet the following criteria are ideal candidates for the Health Pathways Internship Program:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential.
  • Junior or Senior status with a major in CHHSN
  • Intent to pursue a career in health.
  • Matched with an approved internship site.

Post-undergraduate Fellowship

The Toro Health Pathways Fellowship Program provides funding opportunities for CHHSN students to explore career pathways through advanced health and primary care professional development with special focus on increasing knowledge and interest in health careers that impact community health. Open to post-undergraduate students. The fellowship is a one-year program aimed at enhancing diversity in the health workforce.

Goals of the Fellowship Program

  • Provide funding for historically underrepresented students who are engaged in transformative projects that impact community health.
  • Provide professional development and mentorship for students in health career pathways who are engaged in social justice work.
  • Connect students to a wider network of professionals and pre-graduate school experiences related to health professions.

The Toro Health Pathways Fellowship will benefit students by

  • Providing support to students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate/professional school in health.
  • Providing financial support for academic and professional development
  • Providing networking, mentoring, and community building.

Selection Criteria

Students who meet the following criteria are ideal candidates for the Toro Health Pathways Fellowship Program:

  • Recently graduated from CSUDH within 1 year
  • Intent to pursue graduate or professional school within 1 year.
  • Good Academic Standing (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Interest in community health research
  • Nominated by CHHSN faculty and matched with approved partner program.
  • Committed to social justice through community health.
  • Currently involved, or previously participated, in supporting community-engaged health research.

Fellowship Training Description
For more information about Work Based Learning Program, contact Karla Castillo, Program Director,