Dean's Update, December 20, 2013

SCPD and Molina Healthcare Internship Program Update

During the fall semester, the Student Center for Professional Development continued to expand its reach both in terms of programs offered and number of students participating in those programs. Twenty professional development workshops were held, and average attendance exceeded that of Fall 2012 by 11%. The junior mentoring program grew both in terms of junior mentees and recent alumni willing to mentor CBA juniors. Community Scholars will see 18 CBA students mentor approximately 45 Jordan High School sophomores during the spring semester, bringing them to explore the CSULB campus during their final meeting. Students participating in the Corporate Mentoring Program continued to learn from the wisdom, advice, and experience of their executive mentors and grew both personally and professionally by attending the annual CMP Leadership Retreat.

These programs will continue through the spring semester and 20 workshops have already been scheduled and several new workshops have been proposed. Also during the spring semester, SCPD staff and Advisory Board Members will be introducing program enhancements for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. The successful Community Scholars program may be expanded to a second high school. Recruiting for the fall mentoring programs will begin during the spring semester. The Junior Mentoring program will grow and provide a pipeline into the Corporate Mentoring Program. The CMP leadership retreat, funded by Target, will now become the Target Retreat for Student Leaders. Finally, SCPD will partner with ABSOC in an effort to get pre-business students involved in CBA organizations and activities before their junior year. In all of these ways, SCPD will continue to enhance CBA students’ experience and provide them with the practical skills that complement their academic skills.

The Molina Healthcare Internship Program is now recruiting its sixth cohort of interns. The time period for applications closed December 11th with 104 applications received for 10 positions. Thirty candidates will be selected for interviews at Molina headquarters, from which the ten interns will be picked. This highly successful internship program will continue with a new cohort for the summer and again in fall 2014.