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 me? Learn professional skills in preparation for your chosen career. Acquire hands-on experience in a structured program and develop career contacts. Earn 1 - 4 units of academic credit for paid or unpaid positions. Get a glimpse into your chosen career field. Receive career guidance in matching your skills to appropriate positions. Obtain guidance in managing your 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. Work with the WEXP staff to assist in your internship placement. 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 do I explore available internships? Look through the list of internships available on the LINCS system through http://wexp.losrios.edu. You may also develop your own internship through networking with people in your field of interest.
How do I apply for an internship? If you are eligible and ready to participate, register to view internship postings on the Los Rios Internships & Career Services - LINCS System
Print out all the postings that are of interest to you.
Make an appointment with your campus WEXP staff to start the referral process.
For your appointment, bring copies of the printed postings, your 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 your work experience course starts, we request that you apply for an internship at least 2-3 weeks or more prior to the start of the enrollment term.
Can I receive college units for my current job? Yes. For paid positions, 75 hours must be completed per unit. For unpaid positions, 60 hours must be completed per unit. You may earn 1-4 units during an enrollment term.
How do I register for the course? You register for Work Experience just as you do for other courses. Check the schedule for Work Experience (WEXP) or check your 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 I develop my own internship? Yes, as long as you have a cooperating supervisor willing to provide a learning experience for you.
How do organizations select interns? Once we meet with you and start your file, we will submit your resume to your selected organizations. The organization will contact you (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 I complete more than one internship in a semester? Yes, you can combine your internships, but they both must relate to your goals. You will be required to verify all employment and create learning objectives and complete all program forms for both positions.
What happens if I change internships mid-semester? Depending on the circumstances, we will work with you and your situation. Situations should always be discussed with your Work Experience instructor immediately.
Do I 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. Your placement depends on how well you interview, the skills and knowledge you can bring to an employer, and whether they select you for the position.
What is required of my employer/supervisor? Your employer is asked to assist you in establishing learning objectives related to your job or internship, evaluate your progress, and verify your work hours. This should take no more than a few hours of your 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. You 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.
I am currently volunteering. Can I receive credit? Yes. You can be in an unpaid volunteer position as long as you follow the WEXP program requirements and enroll in a work experience course to earn college credit.
Can I get credit for an internship that I've 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.
Are the internships included as experience on my resume? Yes! Internships provide related experience in your 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 I do to prepare for an internship interview? The WEXP office can assist in preparing you for an internship interview. Pick up interview questions and information, and/or sign up for an interview workshop at your campus WEXP office. Our office is located inside the Career Center in the Student Services Building.