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Bronco Corps

Putting Students to Work for Idaho Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Bronco Corps is a paid internship program coordinated by the College of Business and Economics that assists and lifts Idaho small businesses and nonprofits. Through generous donor support, this program connects students to high-need community projects and internships.

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What Does Bronco Corps Do?

Creates Partners for Success

Bronco Corps leverages the power of philanthropic giving and the ingenuity of students to ensure the continued viability of Idaho’s small business and nonprofit community.

This program is a new way of approaching real-world learning and community impact.

Read more about Bronco Corps in Focus Magazine

Provides Professional Experience for Students

Students can find paid positions through Bronco Corps to support Idaho’s small business and nonprofit community, and gain valuable professional skills. This program is open to all actively enrolled students.

Positions post February. The program runs May – August.

Students, find Bronco Corps positions here

Assists Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Small business and nonprofits that might be facing a lack of resources or newfound financial constraints can work alongside the Bronco Corps administration team to craft a student opportunity, free of charge. Once approved, positions post online where students apply for summer participation.

Applications close December, review begins January.

Employers, complete our interest application online

Community Partners:

Gardner Company

Idaho Nonprofit Center

Idaho Small Business Development Center

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Laura Chiuppi – contact for employer questions
Director of COBE Career Services

Monique Halgat – contact for student questions
Career Coordinator

Perrine Blakley – contact for giving questions
Director of Gift Planning, Boise State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Questions

Which students are eligible to participate?

Students must be enrolled at Boise State, in at least six credits as an undergraduate student, or five credits as a graduate student. Students in the final semester of their degree program must be registered in all classes required for program completion regardless of credit total. All majors and graduate programs can participate.

Additionally, students must meet minimum qualifications listed by the hiring small business or nonprofit for each position they apply to.

For international students, there may be additional eligibility requirements depending on your visa status. Check these resources to determine if you can participate as an international student.

Are Bronco Corps positions paid?

All positions are paid $15 an hour, up to 160 hours per position.

How do students apply?

The application process is simple. Students can find positions on the COBE Internship and Job Board. Once a student has found a position for which they are interested and qualified, they will log into Handshake and submit an application to the hiring small business or non profit, who will select top applicants to interview.

Students can take advantage of career coaching to help prepare their application materials and practice for interviews. Schedule a career coaching appointment.

Can students have more than one position?

Students may participate in a maximum of two Bronco Corps positions. Positions may not be simultaneous.

Can students work a campus job in addition to Bronco Corps?

Yes. However, the hours worked between your Bronco Corps position and your other campus job(s) cannot exceed 29 hours per week if enrolled in courses. If you are not enrolled in classes over summer, you can work a combined total of 39 hours per week.

What is the average time commitment for Bronco Corps?

Most Bronco Corps positions are 5-15 hours per week, which can equate to the same workload as an additional course. Before accepting a Bronco Corps position, students should consider how they will manage their time.

Can students get academic credit for Bronco Corps positions?

Yes, potentially. Academic credit is optional, not required. Students who have been hired for a Bronco Corps position may apply for credit with completion of the Boise State Internship Application, department approval and adherence to application deadlines.

Apply for academic internship credit here.

What should students expect once hired for Bronco Corps?

Shortly after a student has accepted a Bronco Corps position, our administrative team will send an onboarding email to the student’s u.BoiseState email address. That email will provide further instructions.

Once hired, students will need to contact their external Bronco Corps supervisor to review internship expectations, work schedule, communication modalities, etc.

Although this work will be completed with an external organization, students will be paid by Boise State University and are therefore student employees. As student employees, they will need to complete an I-9, W4 and Direct Deposit form.

Small Business and Nonprofit Questions

What types of organizations are eligible to participate?

Participating organizations must be a licensed small business or nonprofit operating in Idaho. Bronco Corps targets organizations with less than 50 employees. There is, however, flexibility since the goal is to help organizations who have been directly impacted by the recent economic uncertainties.

What is required of participating organizations?

Organizations are accountable for the following, with assistance from the Bronco Corps administrative team:

  • Adhering to Boise State’s Employer User Policy
  • Writing a clear internship/project description
  • Creating a Handshake account and posting the position
  • Selecting students to interview; scheduling and conducting interviews
  • Selecting students to hire; offering the position
  • Defining the internship/project scope; assigning tasks that are within a student’s area of study
  • Tracking and confirming hours worked every two weeks
  • Providing an attentive supervisor/mentor; giving regular guidance, evaluation, and feedback to hired students

What is the cost to organizations?

Boise State compensates the students, therefore there is no financial obligation. The program is designed to be a resource during challenging times.

Which students are eligible to hire?

To be eligible for Bronco Corps, students must be actively enrolled at Boise State. To verify that a student is eligible, please contact Laura Chiuppi by emailing

Is there a limit on the number of students organizations can hire?

Participating organizations can hire up to two students, depending on need and capacity for supervision/mentorship.

Looking for a link?

Bronco Corps Student Resources

Need resources to get stated?

Bronco Crops Small Business and Nonprofit Resources

Employer User Policy

Review requirements and guidelines for Boise State employer-partners.

Handshake for Employers

Get instructions for posting to Boise State's recruitment platform.