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 the student? Learn professional skills in preparation for their chosen career. Acquire hands-on experience in a structured program and develop career contacts. Students can earn 1 - 4 units of academic credit for paid or unpaid positions. This can help them get a glimpse into their chosen career field. In addition, students can receive career guidance in matching their skills to appropriate positions, and obtain guidance in managing their career.
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. Students can work with the WEXP staff to assist them in internship placement. Students must enroll in a Work Experience course.
Who qualifies for work experience? Students who have a job or internship related to their academic or career goals and enroll in a Work Experience course.
How can students explore available internships? Students can 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. As faculty/staff, you may know of available internships in the community. You are a great resource for students.
Print out all the postings that they are interested in.
Make an appointment with their campus WEXP staff to start the referral process.
For the appointment, students must bring copies of the printed postings, their 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 to apply for an internship? In order to secure an internship before the work experience course starts, we request that students apply for an internship at least 2-3 weeks or more prior to the start of the enrollment term.
Can students receive college units for their 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 register for the course? Students register for Work Experience just as they do for other courses. Students should check the schedule for Work Experience (WEXP) or check their major area for (subj) 498 courses.
WEXP 198 - For students interested in exploring various career options.
WEXP 298/(subj 298) - For students declared in a related certificate or associate degree level.
WEXP 498/(subj 498) - For students declared in a related transfer degree level program
Can students develop their own internship? Yes, as long as they have a cooperating supervisor willing to provide a learning experience for them.
How do organizations select interns? Once we meet with the student and start a file, we will submit their resume to their selected organizations. The organization will contact the students for interviews directly.
Are internship units transferable? Only 498 units are transferable. California State University (CSU) will accept eight units of Work Experience 498 classes as electives when the student's work/internship is related to their major.
Can students complete more than one internship in a semester? Yes, students can combine their internships, but both internships must relate to their goals. Students will be required to verify all employment and create learning objectives and complete all program forms for both positions.
What happens if a student changes internships mid-semester? Depending on the circumstances, we will work with the student and their situation. Situations should always be discussed with their Work Experience instructor immediately.
Do students have to attend class? First time participants are required to attend the 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. Placement depends on how well the student interviews, the skills and knowledge they can bring to an employer, and whether the employer selects the student for the position.
What is required of an employer/supervisor? The employer is asked to assist the student in establishing learning objectives related to their job or internship, evaluate their progress, and verify their work hours. This should take no more than a few hours of the supervisor'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.
If a student is currently volunteering, can they still 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.
Can students include internships as experience on their resume? Yes! Internships provide related experience in their chosen field and will definitely attract an employer's attention when resumes are reviewed. Employers have rated career related experience as one of the highest factors that contribute to their decision to hire candidates for full-time career positions.
What can students do to prepare for an internship interview? The WEXP office can assist students in preparing for an internship interview. Students can pick up interview questions and information, and/or sign up for an interview workshop at their campus WEXP office. Our office is located inside the Career Center in the Student Services Building.
As faculty/staff, what can I do to help students get internships? If you know of employers from the community who would welcome interns, please direct the employers to the WEXP Internship Developer staff.