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Career Path Internships

In 2011, Idaho State University implemented the unique Career Path Internship (CPI) program enabling students to work as paid interns in their field of study. These internships can take place on or off campus, providing students with invaluable hands-on experience while enhancing their job readiness skills.

Many students working in CPI positions have even gone on to work as full-time employees upon graduation.

Every CPI position is designed to be a meaningful experience for students. The College of Business’s Professional Development program specializes in placing students in these coveted jobs.

All CPI positions are funded by the University and depend on class level:

  • Undergraduate: $9/hour
  • Graduate/post-bac: $11/hour

In addition to gaining in-field experience through a paid internship, students can also receive course credit. The forms below will allow students to apply for credit. 

Individuals must be a current ISU student enrolled full-time to qualify for a CPI. The student must also be in good academic standing.


Students can be employed on and off campus. Here are a few of the businesses that have employed CPI’s:

  • Micron
  • Idaho Central Credit Union
  • Melaleuca
  • Farm Bureau
  • Wells Fargo
  • Advantage Plus Credit Union
  • Aid for Friends
  • Bannock County
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Pocatello Free Clinic
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Citizens Community Bank
  • City of Chubbuck
  • Idaho Department of Transportation
  • Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT)
  • FishTale Creative
  • Idaho Food Bank
  • School District 25
  • St. Luke's Health System

“In my CPI, I was able to work around my class schedule to gain hands-on marketing experience at Wackerli Auto. The program also enabled me to earn course credit for my internship. Once I graduated, I was hired as the Marketing Director for Wackerli.”

-Andrea Jardine, Class of 2016, Marketing Director- Wackerli Auto