What are internships? An internship provides on-the-job training in a skilled or professional level work environment related to a student's academic or career goals.
How will an internship benefit my organization? The Co-op Internship Program recruits student to meet your organizational needs. Students are pre-screened by staff, utilizing resumes, college transcripts and Co-op applications, to best match your internship job description. Our interns can add value to your business or organization by:
Assisting professional staff
Completing unfinished projects
Developing a strong local workforce
What are the program requirements? To earn college credit, students must enroll in a Work Experience course. For internship placement assistance, students musthave college transcripts, be in good academic standing, have a declared major or a career focus, be willing to commit at least one full semester, work with the WEXP staff to assist in placement, and enroll in a Work Experience course.
How do students explore available internships? Students are encouraged to look through the list of internships available on the LINCS system through http://wexp.losrios.edu. Students may also develop their own internship through networking with people in their field of interest.
How do students apply for an internship? Students who are eligible and ready to participate will register to view internship postings on the LINCS system, students are then required to:
Make an appointment with campus WEXP staff to start the referral process.
Students must provide copies of the printed postings, resume, unofficial transcripts and proof of enrollment in a Work Experience class.
Students are pre-screened and referred to employers for interviews by WEXP staff.
Students are responsible for keeping abreast of new internships, updating their application documents, and maintaining contact with WEXP staff.
Are there deadlines for posting an internship? In order to secure an intern before the work experience course starts, we recommend that you post your position at least 3 or more weeks prior to the start of the enrollment term (fall, spring, summer).
How soon can I expect to have an intern start? Timing for posting your position is an important factor. It is recommended that you post your internship in a timely manner (see above). Keep in mind that students self-select positions and may or may not choose your specific opportunity. However, your posting will be viewable to all students within the Los Rios district who may be seeking internship opportunities.
Can students receive college units for a current job? Yes. For paid positions, 75 hours must be completed per unit. For unpaid positions, 60 hours must be completed per unit. Students may earn 1-4 units during an enrollment term.
How do students select positions? Students self-select positions based on major, career goals, and/or areas of interest.
What happens if I have issues with my intern? Depending on the circumstances, we will work with you and your situation. Situations should always be discussed with your Work Experience instructor immediately.
Do students have to attend a class? First time participants are required to attend a weekly course. Returning participants are not required to attend the course but are required to meet with the instructor as needed to complete all program forms and assignments. Returning status will be verified through transcripts.
Is placement guaranteed? No. Student placement depends on the interview process, skills and knowledge, and whether the student is seen as good fit for your opportunity.
What is required of me as an employer/supervisor? You are asked to assist the student in establishing learning objectives related to his or her job or internship, evaluate their progress, and verify work hours. This should take no more than a few hours of your s time during an enrollment term.
How are internship hours calculated? Units earned are determined by the amount of hours worked from first week of instruction to the last week of instruction and success with completing the learning objectives, program forms, and classroom assignments. Students may earn 1- 4 units per enrollment term based on the following formulas during fall, spring, or summer sessions:
Paid positions: 75 hours = 1 unit of credit
Unpaid positions: 60 hours = 1 unit of credit.
Can volunteers receive credit? Yes. Students can be in an unpaid volunteer position as long as they follow the WEXP program requirements and enroll in a work experience course to earn college credit. Can students get credit for an internship they have already done? No. The internship experience must be concurrent with Work Experience enrollment. Hours only count from the first week of instruction to the last week of instruction during an enrollment period.