Internships provide an opportunity to facilitate student learning outside of the classroom, allowing students to apply academic theory to "real world" situations, explore career options and gain a competitive edge in the labor market. Employers benefit from additional labor, fresh ideas and the opportunity to create a pipeline for future employment.
What is an Internship?
An Internship is:
- A supervised work experience that is designed to provide structured learning opportunities
- Generally, minimum of one semester; however, can be project based
- May be paid or unpaid
- May offer academic credit upon completion
What is the difference between a job and an internship?
An Internship is:
- Is related to the student's field of study
- Provides on-the-job training & an opportunity to learn additional skills
- Is designed to meet specific learning objectives
- May be required to graduate
- May be supplemented with additional academic assignments
- Has a defined end date
What are the benefits of an internship?
Internships provide an opportunity to:
- Explore career options related to one's interests, values, skills & personality
- Gain professional skills & self-confidence
- Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
- Develop related work experience & apply classroom learning
- Establish connections & build a network of contacts
6-Steps to Obtaining an Internship:
- Consider the skills you may want to develop
- What skills do you lack? Or require improvement?
- What environment will provide you with the opportunity to develop these skills?
- Begin your search 3-6 months prior
- Update your resume
- Academic project, relevant coursework, community involvement, or participation in student organizations
- 4. Obtain faculty recommendation & prepare references
- 5. Research fields and companies of interest
- 6. Begin your search
- Tell everyone you know (including faculty) that you are looking for an internship
- Attend Career Fairs
- Join professional organizations
- Attend professional mixers & meetings
- Utilize online resources
- Utilize your social network and resources
Build LACCD Interns Program
The Build LACCD Interns Program is designed to expand opportunities on Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Bond Construction Projects. Working with firms on LACCD's Sustainable Building Program projects, we are creating hundreds of new exciting internships in a wide range of occupations. Internships are available in a variety of disciplines including construction management, architecture, engineering, computer graphics, film, marketing, business, customer services, and many others. Internships provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's workplace. To learn more about the program and internship opportunities, please visit the career center and speak with the LACCD representative on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm or visit www.laccdinterns.org
- Earn while you learn
- Flexible hours to accommodate your schedule
- Gain exposure to cutting-edge firms
- Become familiar with a range of occupations
- Opportunities to assess and reach career goals
Eligible Students must:
- Be enrolled at one of the nine LACCD campuses with six (6) or more units
- Complete an Internship Application online at: www.laccdinterns.org
- Complete and submit a resume online
- Print faculty referral and have it completed by an LACCD faculty member or campus career center.