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Contact Information

Internship & Work Experience Instructor: Matthew Weis
Phone: 831.477.5650
Email: Message Me
Student Assistant: Veronica Pantoja
Phone: 831.477.3396
Location: Cabrillo College - SAC West Building, 1st Floor
6500 Soquel Ave
Aptos, CA 95003



Employers interested in learning more about recruiting interns and employees at Cabrillo College can review the information below. If interested, the Internship and Work Experience Instructor can work with you to develop job and internship positions, identify programs at the college relevant to your workforce needs, and recruit through our online Employment and Internship tools as well as direct outreach. To get started, contact us.

If you’re ready to post your internship or job now, click here.
If you wish to learn more, pleaese read below for more information.

How It Works

Employers who support students earning credit while employed or volunteering at a work site must agree to the following:

  • Complete the Employer/Student Contact form

  • Review and sign the Cabrillo College/Employer Memorandum of Agreement

  • Provide a job description

  • Assist in the development of student learning objectives

  • Meet with the Cabrillo IWE Instructor at the worksite

  • Complete a short performance evaluation

  • Sign off on time card

The process is designed to minimize additional burden on employers and complement the training and development in place at the worksite. All of the documentation can be completed quickly and the Instructor site visit will only take about 10-15 minutes. If your employee, intern, or volunteer enrolls for credit, they will be responsible for collecting any necessary documentation.

The instructor will contact you after the student enrolls and finalizes the learning objectives. To review all of the documentation and Employer/College Memorandum visit the Resources and Required Documents page.

Legal Compliance

Developing employment opportunities and internships compliant with employment laws and regulations can take a great deal of investment from the employer. Here is some information to consider for designing a position that meets your needs. Should you have additional questions or wish to explore this further, feel free to contact the IWE office.

Internships can be loosely defined, but a quality internship will be tailored to a student or recent graduate in a particular field of study to provide hands-on, supervised job training by a professional in the field. This may mean performing job duties to help the student demonstrate the skills they are being trained for.

An internship will identify specific learning outcomes for the student with clear action steps needed to achieve outcomes. In addition, an internship is a finite placement with a clear start and finish date and schedule determined upon hire. Internship duration can be determined by the employer. They can be as short as a few weeks to up to a year in length, but typically fall in the 3-6 month range.

Paid and unpaid internships: It is important to know that if an intern is paid, they will be onboarded as an employee for the business or organization. Their position will also need to meet the requirements set forth by all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. A paid intern earns at least minimum wage and is compensated accordingly for their time. In return, employers paying interns receive the flexibility to assign responsibilities and roles they otherwise would not should the intern be unpaid.

Unpaid internships for for-profit companies, according to Dept of Labor FLSA, are expected to meet the following criteria to be in compliance:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training given in an educational environment.

  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.

  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.

  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.

  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.

  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

How to Post an Internship

Here at Cabrillo, we have two primary online sources for employers to post, manage, and recruit for internships and employment positions – and the Cabrillo Student Job Board.

Our career services staff assist students to prepare and apply for positions. If you are interested in recruiting from Cabrillo, get started here and contact us if you have any questions or would like help developing your position first.

Posting an Internship  -  -  

This site allows employers to connect directly with students from Cabrillo College and other colleges in the Monterey Bay region.

To get started:

  1. Go to

  2. Create a profile for your business or organization

  3. Post your internships in minutes.

You can also browse student resumes and reach out to students with the skills you are looking for.

Posting an Employment Opportunity - Cabrillo Job Board

If you wish to post a regular, paid job for students and alumni to view, please refer to the Cabrillo College Student Employment Board. Please note, first-time users will need to register for a new account.

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