Allan Hancock College Collaborates With Local Business Keys 2 The Coast to Offer Innovative Internship

Twenty-four Hancock students and five coaches are participating in the program

MakermaticMARCH 6, 2019--Allan Hancock College is preparing 24 students for high-wage, innovative careers via the CCC Maker Makermatic Team Internship (Makermatic). The internship started Feb. 26 and will go through March 14.

“I’m a business major so this is the perfect internship for me,” said Hancock student Vincent Padilla. “I like that we are learning how to solve business problems in real-world scenarios. The focus has really been on teamwork and I think the skills we are learning will help us in any career.”

The 20-hour, paid internship is the result of a collaboration between the college and Keys 2 the Coast, a local business specializing in wine, dining and travel recommendations on the Central Coast. Student interns were given a high-level, real-world business challenge from Keys 2 the Coast, as well as “subchallenges” help take the business to the next level. The internship takes place in the college’s industrial technology building on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We are honored to work with Allan Hancock College on this project, and our goal is to make sure the experience is an authentic one for the Hancock student interns,” said Donna Polizzi, founder and CEO of Keys 2 the Coast. “We’re excited to see what solutions and suggestions they have for us!”

As the students work in teams to solve the business challenge, fiveMakermatic designated Makermatic coaches will guide and support them through the design thinking process. Upon completion of the internship, the students will pitch their solutions to Keys 2 the Coast.

“I started out as an intern through Hancock’s CWE program and it turned into a full-time job,” said E’ana Bordon, regional account executive at Keys 2 the Coast and Makermatic coach. “I saw this as a great opportunity to mentor students and help them realize the value of internships like this one.” 

The Makermatic internship is a program developed and funded by the California Community College Maker Initiative (CCC Maker). Hancock is one of only 24 colleges in the state to receive a Maker implementation grant. The grant has allowed the college to build collaborative work spaces known as “Makerspaces” on campus, as well as participate in the internship program. The CCC Maker initiative has the goal of placing 800 students into internships by May 2019. For more information on CCC Maker visit

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Caption: Twenty-four Allan Hancock College students and five coaches are participating in a 20-hour paid internship to solve business challenges for local business Keys 2 the Coast.

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Last Modified Mar 8, 2019