STEM Internships

What is an Internship?

An internship is a job in which the student has an intentional learning goal to obtain hands-on knowledge, which goes beyond the classroom, by participating in a carefully monitored work or service experience. Although internships vary widely from organization to organization, they have common characteristics.

An Internship:

  • Is a time-limited work experience that can range from one month to one year, usually lasting 3 months.
  • Is intended to bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world.
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development.
  • Typically includes learning objectives, shadowing, reflection, evaluation and assessments.
  • Balances the intern's learning goals with the specific work that organization needs completed.
  • Have varying daily time commitments and may be part to full-time.
  • Could be part of an educational program that would be carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit.

How Do I Benefit from Participating in the STEM Internship Program?

As the Employer:

  • It's a great opportunity to mentor and develop local talent.
  • Help keep creativity here on the Central Coast, thereby increasing the local demand for more skilled labor.
  • Reinforce the concept that is possible to have a successful professional career on the central coast, thereby preventing the need for recent graduates to relocate to a larger metropolitan area.
  • A local skilled workforce will increase the amount of STEM based firms to the central coast seeking highly trained STEM graduates. Examples of these firms might include: green, bio-tech, and engineering.
  • Valuable public relations ambassadors for your organization; Recruitment and Workforce planning.
  • Students energize a workplace with their enthusiasm, creativity and desire to learn.

Internships are a cost-effective strategy for hiring young, motivated, and educated talent. Remember that, other than compensation to the individual student employee, the Allan Hancock College Internship Program is provided at no cost for both the students and our participating business partners. Join us, and become one of the most vital components of a student's college education!

As the Student:

Internships provide students the opportunity to apply their education and skills, and gain experience in a real world environment before you graduate. These experiences enhance conventional classroom learning methods and enable students to try out their field of study. Most companies, today, expect recent graduates to have "field" experience; an internship is a great way to obtain this!

In addition, you will gain:

  • Career related experience.
  • Practical knowledge.
  • Opportunities to explore varying career options.
  • Valuable work experience for your resumes.
  • Potential to earn academic credit.
  • Increased self-confidence.
  • An industry network.

How Do I Get Involved?

As the Employer:

To become a partner with the STEM Internship Program, contact:
Emily Smith, STEM Internship Specialist
Phone: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3820

Employer Guide coming soon!

As the Student:

Requirements for Participation in the STEM Internship Program include:

  • Must be a member of the STEM Transfer Program or MESA.
  • Each semester, program participants must attend the STEM Internship Programs "mandatory" career skills workshops identified on the STEM Calendar of Events.
  • Must be willing to challenge yourself by stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • Enjoy new experiences.
  • Want to participate in hands-on learning.
  • Willing to commit to the program.

             ...Closing the gap between education and a career!

For more information, Contact:
Emily Smith, STEM Internship Specialist
Location: STEM Center, Santa Maria Campus
Phone: (805) 922-6966 Ext. 3557

STEM Internship Opportunities (Coming soon!)

 Check back frequently for the most up-to-date postings.

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-John F. Kennedy

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