Computer and Information Systems

Internships and Work Experience programs

Information Technology Apprenticeships

Cabrillo is partnering with the Department of Labor and regional employers with Information Technology needs to provide registered apprenticeships for students pursuing careers in IT, Cyber Security, and Web Development. Students get practical, on-the-job experience that leads them to a rewarding career, and the employer gets quality talent in an area that is traditionally difficult for direct hires, and because the employer has made an investment in them, they stick around longer.

What is an Apprenticeship vs an Internship?

An apprenticeship is a structured, on-the-job learning model with measured learning objectives and documented goals. Apprenticeships are registered with and regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor, typically consisting of at least 2000 hours of job training accompanied by instructional classes defined by employers.

In contrast to internships, which can be unstructured and ongoing, apprenticeships have clear learning outcomes, finite program terms, and a gradual increasing compensation structure. The program results in students with extensive hands-on and technical experience in their industry of interest.

Partnership with Cabrillo & Employer

Cabrillo provides technical instruction through coursework and hands on lab activities through the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program. Cabrillo staff facilitate the development of U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certified apprenticeships to be customized based on employer needs. Cabrillo assists employer with recruiting, screening and onboarding qualified candidates.

Benefits to Student & Employer

The benefit for the student is that they get practical, on-the-job experience that leads them to a rewarding career, and the benefit for the employer is that they get quality talent in an area that is traditionally difficult for direct hires, and because the employer has made an investment in them, they stick around longer.

Student

  • Receive quality skills and education in Cabrillo CIS Program
  • Assistance in preparing and searching for career opportunities with Cabrillo staff
  • Receive on-the-job work experience, training and mentorship in professional setting
  • Gain income as well as potential for professional growth and a rewarding career
  • Become a DOL Certified apprentice in Information Technology

Employer

  • Address your workforce needs in a competitive region
  • Develop and train up staff according to your specific needs
  • Customize apprentice workflow, outcomes, and pay schedule
  • Increase employee satisfaction and address high turnover
  • Acquire quality talent in an area that is traditionally difficult for direct hire and take an active role in developing a robust, local IT workforce

How to Get Started

Student

  1. Complete the IT Employment Interest Form
  2. Email: Submit completed resume to apprentice@cabrillo.edu
  3. Call Terri Oropeza, internship coordinator at (831) 824-4258

Employer

  1. Determine Hiring / IT needs as a business or organization
  2. Contact Denise Moss at apprentice@cabrillo.edu
  3. Complete steps for registering and onboarding apprenticeship