How to apply
Contact Career Connections.
Can my job count as an internship?
Typically, no. Sierra College does not offer academic credit for general work experience. Our internship program is limited to occupational development, meaning your placement must be directly related to your major or career area. If you are working within your career industry, the internship through Sierra College must be a new learning experience. You must take on a completely new or different role or responsibility that adds to your career portfolio—and only those hours can count toward fulfilling your internship obligation.
I found a place that wants me as an intern—when can I start?
Until you, the proposed internship tasks, and the site are approved, nothing is set. If the site is already part of our internship program, you will go through the application and eligibility process and if approved, will begin your hours as soon as the semester begins and your paperwork is completed and turned in. If the business is not already an approved site, you will need to bring in all the contact information so we can evaluate the site and proposed internship tasks. Not all sites or placements are approved nor is every intern determined appropriate for every placement.
How many units can I earn? How many hours do I have to put in?
For the Fall and Spring semesters, the average hours per week are indicated below. Since the Summer session is shorter than Fall/Spring semesters, the average hours per week are higher for summer internships. The basic formula is 60 hours per unit for unpaid internships and 75 hours per unit for paid.
How do I find an internship? Which businesses participate?
Many students make contacts to businesses and create their own opportunities or work with their instructors to do so. Sierra Job Link also contains possible internships. It is ultimately the student's responsibility to locate an internship placement. The more time and effort you put into helping arrange your perfect placement, the more likely it is that you will get it!
So, I “get” an internship as long as I’m eligible?
Unfortunately, no. It is a competitive placement process, not unlike getting hired for a job. There has to be an opportunity that matches your interests, your skills and your schedule (not an easy task!). We also do not have internships available in every possible career area—if something cannot be developed in time or is not available in that industry, you won’t have an internship—at least for that session. Internship slots overall are limited and are first-come, first-served so the sooner you apply, get cleared for placement and complete your paperwork, the better. You also may be told that you need to build some additional skills before being referred for placement.