Frequently Asked Questions - BOE Student Internship Program

Intern FAQs:

Why should I look at an internship?
Internships allow students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional setting while still in school. Students will gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to explore career avenues.

How do I find an internship?
The Board of Equalization (BOE) advertises their intern positions at local colleges and on our web site: http://www.boe.ca.gov/exams/sips.htm.

How do I earn academic credit for my internship?
Academic credit varies by college. Please contact your academic advisor at school for information on earning academic credit.

Is my internship paid?
At this time, there are no paid positions available. The BOE will provide internships to students as volunteers or for academic credit.

What happens at the end of my internship?
You will receive a letter of recommendation from your internship supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to evaluate the BOE internship program.

Will I be considered for employment?
The internship coordinator will assist you on your eligibility to gain employment with the State of California. You are encouraged to review job recruitments by visiting www.spb.ca.gov.

Supervisor FAQs:

How do I request an intern?
The Internship Proposal Form can be found at http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/boe206.pdf. Please complete the form and a Duty Statement. Forward forms to Harold Davis at MIC 15, 450 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Interview interns the same way you would anyone applying for a permanent job. Check references, ask for school transcripts and hold competitive interviews so applicants know you mean business.

Upon request, the Internship Coordinator will assist prospective employers in selecting and interviewing students.

How long can I keep my intern?
An internship is typically a semester long experience but may last for the full year, or conducted during spring and summer. Much of the “when and for how long” depends on the arrangements made between you and the student. We can advertise your student internship to last for one semester, two semesters or for an entire year.

How does the student benefit with an unpaid internship?
The BOE internship program is to provide students with education experience that will bridge the gap between their classroom learning and intended career.

How do I prepare for my intern?
Complete all necessary forms (see FORMS). Orientate the intern to the department. Discuss duties, responsibilities and training. Be sure to have a proper work station with office supplies for the intern (see Supervising an Intern).

What if I have a “problem” intern?
Sometimes the department and the intern, or the experience and the intern are not a good fit. Interns do not have the same rights as California State employees in the realms of unemployment compensation or termination procedures. Decide whether the mistake deserves a second chance. If not, counsel the student on why the internship has come to an end and notify the Internship coordinator immediately.