Headshot of Tanya CookTanya Cook, MSC

Internship Advisor

College of Business Administration & Public Policy

  (310) 243-1027

  (310) 928-7132

The College of Business Administration & Public Policy encourages all its students to seek out career services and resources to assist and guide them through their career development and life after graduation.

In addition, CBAPP offers an exciting opportunity for our students to combine the learning that takes place in the classroom with the real work environment through its internship program. The internship program is an opportunity for students, primarily juniors and seniors, to develop a greater understanding of a particular career path and industry while at the same time allowing students to build their résumé, professional network, and even earn course credit.

The College of Business Administration and Public Policy Internship Program is structured program where students gain practical experience with a participating firm/organization or governmental agency while being compensated and earning academic credit. Generally, the internship will last for one semester and requires an academic component which may include learning objectives, a learning contract, and journal/reflection component and evaluation forms.

Students who are interested in applying for an internship and gaining course credit should follow the information provided below. The CBAPP Internship Advisor, Tanya Cook, facilitates the CBAPP Internship Program and will provide support to students during their career-building experience.

About Internships

What is an Internship?                                                           

An internship is:

  • May offer academic credit upon completion- please contact CBAPP Internship Coordinator for Assistance

 What are the Benefits of Internship?

Internships provide an opportunity to:

  • Explore career options related to one’s major, interests, values, career goals and skills
  • Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
  • Develop related work experience, skills and apply classroom learning
  • Meet other professionals in the field of interest and build a network of contacts

What an Internship is NOT:

An internship should not be:

  • Primarily clerical or unskilled labor
  • An experience that has students running errands, ordering coffee etc.
  • An experience with no goals, objectives, projects
  • An unguided/unsupervised experience

How to be successful during your Internship Experience  

  • Set goals for yourself – Allows you to have a sense of direction, clear understanding of what you will learn once this internship is completed, draw connections between your academic coursework and your future career interests.
  • Be sure to communicate with your supervisor and ask for what you need –Ask questions when you have them and clarification when you need it.  Update your supervisor on progress you make or roadblocks you run into, and communicate regularly with him/her.
  • Show interest in the work you are doing- Take initiative
  • Be professional, positive and productive – Arrive at your internship on time, dressed in clothes appropriate for the setting. Be a positive and friendly presence in the office.
  • Do NOT use your cellphone or use companies computer to check your personal emails/social media

After your Internship

  • Be sure to say "thank you" to your colleagues and supervisors on your last day
  • Provide a thank you note or gift, as you see appropriate
  • Include this experience in your resume, your resume should always be up-to-date
Prepare for an Internship

Criminal Justice Administration Students should meet with a CBAPP Major Advisor to confirm they are eligible for internships. In addition to meeting with an Advisor, there are numerous on-campus resources available to help students in their academic and professional endeavors. Students are encouraged to visit the centers to participate in the resources that would benefit them the most.

Click here to schedule an appointment with a CBAPP Advisor.

Career Center

The Career Center at CSUDH is here to provide you with quality resources such as career counseling, job fairs, on-campus interviews, professional development workshops, and resume review, preparation for graduate school, and internship and job opportunities.

Student disAbility Resource Center

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Multicultural Center

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Student Affairs

The mission of our division is to provide services and opportunities that help you get the most from your CSUDH experience - personally as well as academically.

Toro Learning Center

The Toro Learning Center provides academic support to all currently enrolled students. The center is here to help you succeed in achieving your academic goals.

University Advisement Center

The center provides undergraduate students information regarding how to successfully work towards the completion of general education (GE) requirements for the bachelor's degree. In addition, the center handles such things as GE advising, overall graduation requirements, academic probation and disqualification advising, remedial English and Math requirements, mandatory freshman advising, and university policies and procedures.


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Apply for an Internship

Once you have attended on-campus workshops, polished your resume, and practiced your interviewing skills, you are ready to apply and interview for internship positions. A comprehensive list of various websites and links for jobs and internships in Business, Public Policy and Criminal Justice Administration are available below to assist you in finding the right internship for you. When looking for an internship, review opportunities that will meet the goals of the CBAPP Internship Program if you are seeking to earn course credit in a CBAPP internship course.


The goals of the CBAPP Internship Program are to:

  • Combine theory with practice by identifying/developing career-related work experiences that enhance classroom study.
  • Develop student maturity, responsibility and independence.
  • Improve student interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Increase student motivation to excel in the classroom, workplace and in life.
  • Improve the retention rate of students within CBAPP.
  • Provide employers with a qualified source of pre-professional personnel available year-round.
  • Strengthen the relationship and heighten cooperation between industry and academia.


On-Campus Resources

CJA Internship Opportunities

CSUDH Career Center

CSUDH Handshake 

Alternative Resources


Interns Match



Simply Hired

Vault Career Intelligence


Bank Jobs

Career Bank

Disney Professional Internship Program  

NBC Universal

U.S. News


Careers In Government

Job postings within the judicial branch of California State government, including the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Probation

Los Angeles Police Department

Opportunities in Public Affair

Orange County

Partnership For Public Service

State and Local Government

Student Jobs

USA Jobs


Disney Professional Internship Program    

Hospitality Jobs

Hotel Jobs

Nations Restaurant News

Resort Jobs

Resources on Hospitality



Non-Profit Seeker

Non-Profit Jobs

Opportunity Knocks

School Spring

Sports Management

AEG World Wide

Los Angeles Angels

NBA Internship Program

Team Works Online

Work In Sports

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Enroll in an Internship Course

After you have accepted an internship, you may begin to enroll in a CBAPP Internship Course to gain course credit. Follow the instructions below to start the enrollment process in Handshake.

Student Enrollment Instructions - Handshake:

  1. Go to MyCSUDH ( and log in using your credentials.
  2. Select CSUDH Handshake in the left-hand menu under Career Center.
  3. Log in to CSUDH Handshake using your same credentials.
  4. Select Experiences under Career Center in the top banner menu.
  5. Select the Request an Experience tab at the top right of the page.
  6. *Fill out all fields in the form. (Instructions: How to Write Internship Learning Objectives.)
  7. Click the green Request Experience button on the bottom of the page, and the page will refresh to your submitted Experience.
  8. Click the blue New Attachment button on the left side of the Experience page to attach your Company Letter. (Instructions: How to Request a Company Letter.)

*Students who have found internships outside of the Career Center should request the employer to create an internship position in handshake. Refer your employer to Once the position is created, the internship position can be linked to your experience request.

Employer Job Posting Instructions - Handshake:

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account as an employer.
  3. Fill in fields for the internship position.


The completed internship application will be reviewed on Handshake to determine if the internship meets the goals of the CBAPP Internship Program.

If the internship is approved for course credit, the student will be issued a permission number to join the following internship course:

CJA 496 Internship Practicum (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair

Supervised internship in a public, non-profit, or law enforcement agency.  A written project related to the internship experience is required. CR/NC.

*Students enrolled in the CJA 496 course, please read the CJA 496 Internship Enrollment Process for further instructions on how to enroll into this course. Log into to access Handshake to find internship opportunities.

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Fish and Wildlife Intern

Ms. Lucia Ortiz, Criminal Justice Administration major, completed an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Click on her photo to view a YouTube video about her experience.