Career Services

Internships and Work Experience

The Internship and Work Experience (IWE) program offers professional opportunities for students--improving your employment skills while in school. Students may earn credit for their internship or work experience that is CSU transferable.

There are three options to choose from:

  • Internships: A great way to build professional connections, increase work experience and update your resume for the career path you want. You do not need to enroll in the internship class to take advantage of an internship while in school. Our office can help you find one!

  • Internships for Credit: Some majors require you participate in an internship. You may also elect to take the internship for credit class IWE-99, where you will engage in guided professional coaching while also gaining experience in your field.

  • Work Experience for Credit: You can earn credit for a job you already have while at the same time building your professional skills. Schedule a meeting with the instructor to learn more.

Enrollment in for-credit Internships and work experience

  • The Employment and Internship Office can help you find an internship. Fill out our Internship Interest form and we will reach out to set up an appointment with you--or schedule your orientation today using the orange button to the right. Did you know your current job may also be approved for an Internship or Work Experience site?

  • At your orientation the Internship and Work Experience Instructor will help you register and answer all your questions. You may also get assistance finding an internship.

  • You must be approved by the Instructor before you can add the class and be given an Add Authorization. The class will not be listed in the schedule before you are authorized to add it because the classes are designed specifically for each student.


Schedule a meeting as soon as you are interested in an internship. It's better to plan ahead--so your internship will be ready when you want to enroll.

Internship Opportunity Highlights
Hidden Hills Ranch (Aromas)
Life Lab internship (Santa Cruz)
For more internship opportunities visit our Seahawk Job Board
Student working in Horticulture Internship Placement

Internship and Work Experience Course Outline (for Student and Employer):

  • Schedule Orientation

  • Complete Employer Agreement (with Employer)

  • Register with Add Authorization provided by instructor.

  • Review the Canvas course Assignments and Due dates.

  • Submit your Job Description and Pre-Course evaluation.

  • Meet with instructor and draft Learning Objectives.

  • Submit Final Draft Learning Objectives (with Employer input)

  • Participate in end of Semester virtual Showcase.

  • Submit final Project, Timesheet and Post-Course Evaluation. (Employer also submits student evaluation and is invited to participate in a site visit.)

Internship student on the job with hardhat at contruction site.
Internship Success Story

"I felt the sense of belonging since the first day of my internship at Granite Construction. I'm a woman, and construction is still a male-dominated industry. I really want to continue inspiring other girls and women to pursue a career in the construction industry."

Internship Showcase: Fall 2023

Frequently Asked Questions


No. The word internship is sometimes loosely defined, but an internship is tailored to a student or recent graduate in a particular field of study. An internship provides hands-on, supervised job training by a professional in the field.

An internship will identify specific learning outcomes with clear action steps needed to achieve outcomes. This may mean performing job duties that help the student demonstrate skills for which they are being trained

In addition, an internship is a finite placement with a clear start date, finish date, and schedule determined upon hiring. Internships can be paid or unpaid. They can be as short as a few weeks or up to a year in length, internships typically fall in the 3-6 month range. Duration can be determined by the employer.

Students who already have an internship, job, or volunteer position can enroll for credit during the first 12 weeks of Fall and Spring semester and the first 6 weeks of Summer session.

Students often use the Incomplete Process if the hours needed to complete their course carries over past the end of the semester they are enrolled in. Students taking an Incomplete grade will make a contract with the instructor to identify the completion date for the course.

Yes. Once you enroll, you can begin counting hours toward completion of your unit requirements.

The Internship and Work Experience instructor can provide advising to assist with this. Students can also refer to the degree and certificate requirements online or meet with an academic counselor for requirements.

Yes, this course can be repeated. Students can enroll in up to 6 units of Cooperative Work Experience and/or 12 units of Occupational Work Experience.

Yes, employers are required to:

  • 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 Internship and Work Experience Instructor at the worksite
  • Complete a short performance evaluation
  • Sign off on time card

See Resources page for documents.

Occupational Work Experience Courses are assigned to specific programs. Credit for these courses specifically relate to program instruction and outcomes as well as count toward degree and certificate completion. General Work Experience is for students wishing to gain credit and experience but not connected to a specific college program.

Cooperative Work Experience Education. This is the technical term for the program as defined by CA State Ed Code.

Yes, most students participate in local internships and jobs but many opportunities exist worldwide, and earning credit is an option.

To get started and enroll contact Serena Federman, Internship and Work Experience Faculty Coordinator