About Our Office

What do we do? How are we different from the Career Center and Advising?

The Office of Student Professional Development is the only office of its kind at Fresno State, offering a 5-unit high-impact practice curriculum to complement your academic studies. Two full-time faculty members cover skills including academic/career planning, networking, professional communication, mentoring, applied experiences, and internships. 

We utilize other programs within our college including the CSB Advising Center, International Business Programs, CSB Student Store, and student organizations to bring you a complete, well-rounded experience that gives you the skills and confidence you need as you begin your business career. 

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Introduction to business careers, career development, educational options, and opportunities provided by the Craig School of Business. Emphasis on CSB requirements, resources, and expectations. Presentation of topics by faculty, staff, alumni, and business executives.

 

Prerequisites: Open to all pre-business, business major, and business minor, registered students.

 

Units: 1, does not count towards degree requirements.

 

Grading:  CR/NC only (credit/no credit)

 

Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CSB 150 provides students with a great opportunity to explore different areas of business with a specially selected mentor from the local business community.  A mentorship differs from an internship; it is based solely on an advisory capacity and friendly guidance relationship by the employer to the student instead of a working relationship where the student is obligated to contribute to the employer in daily or weekly work tasks. It is an opportunity for a first chance of exposure to a field of their interest, and exclusive access to a professional to talk with one-on-one. 

 

Prerequisites: Open to all pre-business, business major, and business minor, registered students.

 

Requirements:  On-campus seminars and workshops, 4-8 hours of contact time with a mentor (total) over a semester; 2-3 reflection assignments;  Pre-, mid-, and post-program evaluations.  

 

Units: 1 (repeatable), does not count towards degree requirements.

 

Grading:  CR/NC only (credit/no credit)

 

Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

The Craig School Internship Program is different than a part-time job. Unlike a part-time job, a student receives academic credit upon completion of an Internship. Also, the Internship (designed by the student and employer) provides the student with a progressive learning and growth experience, rather than a repetitive activity which is usually associated with a part-time job. From an employer’s perspective, an Internship is a great way to identify and attract prospective full-time employees prior to their graduation.

 

Prerequisites: Declaration of Business Administration as a major, completion of one upBA 105W and one course in your option, the permission of internship coordinator.

 

Requirements: 150 hours of work at a pre-qualified, academically-related work station (business, government or nonprofit agency).

 

Units: 3, repeatable up to 6 units. Only one internship may count towards option requirements. All courses except ACCT 195I count towards an upper-division elective. All courses including ACCT 195I count towards the CPA 150-unit requirement. 

 

Grading:  CR/NC only (credit/no credit)

 

Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer