Internship is the integration of classroom theory and practical experience in a planned mentorship program. Accordingly, MHR students doing an internship must work closely with a mentor who will teach them how to be a professional. This mentorship is important. While the internship program is based upon the interests and needs of both the student and the employer, there must be an element of apprenticeship and learning. During the internship students should work in a field related to their area of emphasis (i.e. Management, Entrepreneurship, or Human Resources).
If you are working with an organization that does not have a structured internship program, and therefore no mentorship, you may wish to provide them with the following documents to develop an internship opportunity that would be eligible for course credit in the MHR Department.
- DOL Internship Guidelines (PDF)
- Internship Best Practices (PDF)
- Sample Internship/Job Description (PDF)
If you have any questions about internship, please contact Dr. Carlos Gonzalez, the MHR Department Chair during his office hours or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are posted on the MHR website.
Each semester the MHR Department holds TWO informational meetings regarding internship and senior project. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings. For meeting information please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, pay attention to your e-mails, or come to the MHR Department.
MHR students are required to complete 3 units of either internship or senior project in order to graduate. Students have two internship options, part-time internship (MHR 4410) or full-time internship (MHR 4420).
1) Part-time internship: MHR 4410 (1 or 2 units) – Students must work at their internship for a minimum of 18 hours per week during the semester in which they are enrolled. Students must intern in a second semester in order to complete 3 units, either at the same internship location or with a different organization.
2) Full -time internship: MHR 4420 (3 units) - Students must work at their internship for a minimum of 36 hours per week during the semester in which they are enrolled.
3) Students must enroll in the internship class (MHR 4410, MHR 4420) and work in their internship at the same time. Students cannot do an internship first and enroll in the class later.
How to enroll in the internship class
b) Once the internship has been confirmed by your organization, please submit the following two forms (in one link) to the office of Management and Human Resources
NOTE: When completing the MHR Internship Pre-Approval Form, be sure to think carefully about what your learning objectives will be. Please read this document to understand the purpose and wording of learning objectives:
2. Submit a copy of the job announcement for which you applied, signed by the supervisor. If the job announcement is not available, you must provide a detailed internship description specifying the duties and tasks you will be performing, also signed by the supervisor.
c) Documents required in 1 & 2 (above) are due on the first day of enrollment of the semester. Forms will be accepted until the class has reached maximum capacity. Incomplete packages will not be accepted.
d) After faculty reviews your Internship application, you will receive an email from the professor on record informing you if your internship is approved or not approved. If the internship is approved you will receive a permission number to enroll in the class.
a) After you have successfully enrolled in the class (Step 1d above), wait 48 hours before proceeding to step “b” below.
b) Go to BroncoSERV:
i. Log in to BroncoSERV.
ii. Once logged in, find your internship site and complete all forms.
iii. IMPORTANT: Complete all required placement forms.
(For more information on BroncoServ click on this link)
a) IMPORTANT: Submit all required forms in Step 2 no later than 7 days from the first day of classes. If all forms in Step 2 have not been submitted by the end of the 7 days from the beginning of the semester, you will be administratively withdrawn from the class.
b) Cal Poly Pomona reserves the right to administratively reject any internship if the internship site does not meet requirements established in CSU Executive Order 1064 (PDF)