The Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies


The PABS MBt internship is a key element of the MBt degree program. The internship should enable the student to:

  • Experience firsthand the nature of the business workplace in his or her area of expertise
  • Apply knowledge acquired from previous training and academic experience to practical problems at the workplace
  • Acquire additional skills and knowledge related to the business environment
  • Carry out work that is useful to the internship site and to the student
  • Produce a written analytical evaluation of the experience
  • Interact regularly with industrial professionals and become knowledgeable about their skills work responsibilities and requirements.
  1. Professional Behavior and Confidentiality

    Internship Placement: PABS students will be placed for the most part in internships that are prearranged with industrial partners. A few of our partners will recruit interns on a competitive basis. All PABS MBt students are required to dress and act professionally, be on time and be fully engaged at all times on the worksite. Further, they are to conduct themselves according to the highest ethical standards, and to positively represent the PABS MBt program.
  2. Internships at Employment Sites
    • Students can receive internship credit at their sites of employment under the following circumstances:
      • The place of internship is approved by the ICCT and the Internship Sponsor.
      • The student is assigned to a new area of responsibility (e.g. different department) for the duration of the internship. Students cannot receive credit for their regular jobs and must be allowed to have the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new knowledge.
  3. Site Supervision

    The internship site mentor will work in conjunction with the PABS Internship coordinator (e.g. PABS Program Director) to monitor the intern. The site mentor and the Intern Coordinator will communicate on a weekly basis to review the performance and progress of the intern. The comments and contents of these updates will be logged by the Intern Coordinator, and made available to the student and Intercampus Coordination Team members upon request. A fellow MBt student may not mentor the intern.
  4. Compensation

    Compensation for internships is allowed, but not the responsibility of the California State University, or the PABS MBt program.
  5. Liability

    Neither the California State University System, nor the PABS MBt program can assume worker's comp liability the intern for off-campus activities. This must be covered by the internship-sponsoring business. If the internship-sponsor will not cover the intern, there is a low-cost liability coverage plan available to students through the student health centers at the home campus. It is the student's responsibility in this case to purchase such insurance.
  1. Hours and Credits

    Interns must complete 320 work hours minimum at an approved internship site. The student should sign up for the appropriate course at his or her campus in the fall semester/quarter following the internship to obtain the 1 unit course credit for the internship.
  2. Internship Requirements
    1. Identification of an appropriate MBt internship site and mentor.
    2. Development of Learning Objectives prior to the start of the internship. These objectives must be pre-approved by the internship coordinator. After approval, the form must be signed by the student, mentor, and internship coordinator.
    3. Completion of the Internship Memorandum of Understanding with signatures documenting approval by the student, mentor, and internship coordinator.
    4. Completion of the Student Consent Form with signature by the student.
    5. Completion of on-site internship.
    6. Completion of Student Evaluation of Internship and Mentor Evaluation of Student. These will also be emailed to the mentor and student prior to the end of the internship.
    7. Submission of the Internship Portfolio that includes the Internship Memorandum of Understanding with the final signatures from the site mentor, student and Internship Coordinator documenting completion.
  3. PABS Internship Learning Objectives

    The PABS internship program learning objectives are aimed at optimizing the internship experience. PABS has established that the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) should be met in the process of the internship. The activities carried out by the interns will vary with with the needs and activities of the internship sponsors, however, PABS requests that internship activities be directed at achieving as many of these objectives as possible.

    In order to accomplish this, several weeks prior to the start of the internship, the student and the site mentor should meet to plan out the internship activities. Activities must be achievable and measurable, and their descriptions should be as specific as possible. Use words such as "describe", "recognize", "identify", "employ", "interpret", "apply", "analyze", "compare", "design", "create", "evaluate", or "manage". The PABS Internship Coordinator will assist the site, if necessary, in writing up these activities.
  1. Student Timeline of Responsibilities
    1. Apply and interview to internship opportunities as prompted by the Internship Coordinator.
    2. When site selection is confirmed, work with the site mentor to develop and finalize the Learning Objectives and specific activities to accomplish these objectives (student, site mentor and internship coordinator should review and sign this document).
    3. Complete all necessary forms:
      1. Internship Memorandum of Understanding
      2. Learning Objectives Activities
      3. Student Consent Form
    4. Make final work schedule arrangements and expected start date; inform internship coordinator of your schedule and start date.

Documents and forms associated with the PABS Internship are available from the Program Director, and will be distributed prior to the start of internships in the Spring of the first year of instruction.

Last Updated: May 29, 2014