Members not only network and compete with students from across the nation, they have opportunities to participate in programs designed for personal and career development. Outstanding members and chapters are also recognized for active participation and involvement in these programs.

Both California and National FBLA-PBL offer a number of programs for chapter and individual member recognition, scholarships for travel and education, and opportunities which include state and regional positions, grants, and internships. Click the links below to learn more.

Questions pertaining to programs and opportunities may be addressed to Mark Gray, Director of State Programs at

Internship Program

Internship Program

This is the second year of the CAPBL Internship Program. This year will be a project based internship program in which interns will learn a large amount about the functions of State and the various programs we run throughout the year. Interns will gain a behind the scenes look at what it means to be a State Officer, and a chance to get to know the State Management Team (State Officers and Advisors Board). There are a number of different areas that an intern can apply to in the application. You will work with one state officer whom you're interested in working with. Our state officers this year consist of:

  • Billy Colston: State President (
  • Pooja Kini: Director of Member Relations (
  • Dillon Johnson: Director of Northern Membership (
  • Robert LP Buono: Director of Southern Membership (
  • Mark Gray: Director of State Programs (
  • Lisa Xiang: Director of External Affairs (

Each of the state officers will take up to three interns for the program and you will work directly with them over the course of the year.

Please find the application and FAQs below.

CAPBL Internship Application




  • Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs per week

  • Attend weekly meetings with State Officers (Weekly Report Meetings)

  • Attend decision-making meetings biweekly (SMT Meetings)

  • Draft and present bi weekly report to State Officer Team in Weekly Report Meetings

  • Attend to CAPBL State Internship Slack for communication and communicate effectively with other interns and officers

  • Engage in conversations and actively listen in meetings

  • Develop one marketing material per week

  • Develop Intern Project with other interns and write up and present Project Overview prior to SBLC pending completion (keep check-ins with respective officers)


  • Gain an understanding of State functions and daily business

  • Get to know the State Officers better and understand what it means to be a State Officer

  • Assist in developing the State Business Leadership Conference

  • Be recognized as interns at both conferences pending performance

  • Learn more about business as a whole and different industries

Dress Code:

  • Meetings will be casual and online via video conference

  • Any official events held by California PBL (unless denoted otherwise) will be Business Professional (State Conferences, Summer Leadership Conference, etc.)

Intern Project:

  • In collaboration with the other interns will develop an intern project and present it to the State Management Team upon completion

  • This project will be discussed more in depth upon acceptance into the program

Application Process

The application process will have three phases:

1) Application

2) Informal Interview via Video Conference

3) Formal Interview.


  • Application will open: August 22nd, 2018

  • Application will close: October 8th, 2018

  • You can apply to the application by:

  • As well as filling out the application you are required to also submit a resume to

Informal Interview:

  • Upon passing the screening phase of the application you will then be sent a link to a google spreadsheet as well as contacted by one of the state officers.

  • The informal interview will be a way for us to better understand you as an individual and get to know and what position you are applying for a little better.

Formal Interview:

  • Upon passing through the first two rounds, you will then be offered a formal interview if selected that will take place at SFBLC.


Please direct all questions regarding the Internship Program to the President of CAPBL:  

Billy Colston


phone: (925) 918-3835



California PBL State Business Leadership Conference Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes outstanding members of California PBL who have demonstrated a passion for the organization’s motto of “Service, Education, and Progress.” California PBL is pleased at the opportunity to recognize our leaders who have taken the initiative to better themselves through the organization.

Scholarship Amount: up to $600 cash award

Eligibility: Open to dues-paid members registered for the State Business Leadership Conference

Application Deadline: March, 2017 (specific date TBD)

Application Procedure: see details in the application.


PBL Distinguished Business Leader Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding PBL members for their activity and involvement in the association. The number of scholarships given depends on yearly contributions to the PBL scholarship fund.

Scholarship Amount: Minimum of $500

Eligibility: Open to PBL members who plan to continue pursuing a postsecondary or postgraduate education. Applicants must be dues-paid members of PBL. PBL members must have achieved the Executive or President level of the CMAP program.

Application Deadline: April 1st of every year

Application Procedure: Each application must be accompanied by a one-page cover letter summarizing PBL, business, leadership, and community activities; a resume outlining PBL activities, educational achievements, etc.; and two letters of recommendation, one from a chapter adviser and the other from a business/community leader. Applications must meet all of the criteria to be considered.


PBL National Leadership Conference/Institute for Leaders Scholarship

The PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC)/Institute for Leaders (IFL) Scholarship is a program funded through the diversion of $1 of each member’s national dues. The purpose of the scholarship is to award outstanding PBL members with scholarships that serve as leadership investments to assist members in attending the NLC or the IFL, which is held in conjunction with the NLC each year.

Scholarship Amount: The NLC Scholarship amount will be $400 and the IFL Scholarship will be $115.

Eligibility: Members who wish to be considered for a PBL NLC or IFL scholarship must be on record as having paid local, state, and national dues by April 15 and submit an application and accompanying materials by April 15 to the national center.

Application Deadline: April 15th of every year

Application Procedure: Submit the application form and three (3) copies of the following information in one manila file folder:

  • Transcript of Grades.
  • Two letters of Recommendation. One letter must be from the candidate’s local or state PBL adviser. Each letter should be limited to no more than one page and should highlight the applicant’s PBL activities and leadership skills.
  • One Page Essay. The topic for the essay is: “How Has PBL Enhanced Your Leadership Skills?”

Recognition Programs

Recognition Programs

California PBL Gold Seal Chapters

The Hollis and Kitty Guy Award recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA-PBL. California PBL nominates two (2) of its local chapters immediately following the State Business Leadership Conference to be recognized at the National Leadership Conference. Selection is based on chapter participation in the Next Top Chapter (NTC) Program and submission of a Local Chapter Annual Business Report for state competition.

President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes members who have shown superior leadership and dedication to California PBL. The State President shall select those who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the state chapter. These members will be awarded by the State President at the Awards of Excellence ceremony at the State Business Leadership Conference.

Who’s Who in California PBL

California PBL helps chapters honor their most outstanding member and leader who has made a difference in their local program. Nominees are listed in the conference program and honored at the Awards Dinner. Additionally, one honoree from the state chapter will be selected for national recognition.

Submit the nomination form with the SBLC Registration Worksheet to ensure recognition for your nominee.

National Programs

National Programs

Please note that the following is only a selection of programs available. For a more comprehensive list, please refer to your chapter’s Chapter Management Handbook provided by National Headquarters.

Individual Achievement Programs

Chapter Achievement Programs

  • Outstanding Chapter Recognition Program
  • Membership Recognition Awards
  • National Membership Awards
  • Membership Achievement Award
  • 100% Class Participation
  • Professional Division Membership Recognition Award