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Your Role as an Employer

An internship is a mentorship opportunity for the student – a chance for them to grow and expand their skills.

As an employer, you are responsible for:

  1. Working with your intern to establish at least three specific learning objectives that can be accomplished by the end of the semester.
  2. Providing resources, equipment, and facilities that support learning/objectives goals.
  3. Evaluating your intern's performance and progress toward their learning objectives twice per semester – once at mid-term and once at the end.
  4. Verifying the number of hours your intern works.
  5. Assigning a supervisor who is a professional with expertise and an educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. The supervisor must be willing to share their knowledge with the student and provide routine feedback.

Your Organization

Your organization should be an established, legitimate business or non-profit, as evidenced by having the following:

  • Physical location
  • Website
  • History of offering paid employment
  • Listed telephone number
  • Tax ID number

Minimum Hours Worked

For a student to be covered by Los Rios' Workers' Compensation insurance, they need to meet the minimum hours worked requirement. The student and their supervisor will mutually establish a work schedule.

The number of hours a student works each week depends on how many credits they plan to earn. Typically, a student must work more hours to earn units for a paid internship and fewer hours to earn units for an unpaid internship. Units are based on the following scale for each semester:

  • Paid internship – 1 unit per 75 hours worked during a semester
  • Unpaid internship – 1 unit per 60 hours worked during a semester

Hours/Units for Paid Internships

Example of how many units a student might earn in a single semester while working a paid internship.
Session Length Work Hours Per Week Work Hours Per Semester Units Earned
8 Weeks 9 to 10 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
8 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
8 Weeks 28 to 29 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
8 Weeks 37 to 38 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units
12 Weeks 6 to 7 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
12 Weeks 12 to 13 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
12 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
12 Weeks 25 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units
16 Weeks 4 to 5 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
16 Weeks 9 to 10 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
16 Weeks 14 to 15 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
16 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units

Hours/Units for Unpaid Internships

Example of how many units a student might earn in a single semester while working an unpaid internship.
Session Length Work Hours Per Week Work Hours Per Semester Units Earned
8 Weeks 7 to 8 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
8 Weeks 15 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
8 Weeks 22 to 23 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
8 Weeks 30 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units
12 Weeks 5 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
12 Weeks 10 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
12 Weeks 15 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
12 Weeks 20 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units
16 Weeks 3 to 4 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
16 Weeks 7 to 8 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
16 Weeks 11 to 12 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
16 Weeks 15 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units

Goal-Setting and Learning Objectives

Students enrolled in a Work Experience course are required to develop a minimum of three specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) learning objectives. SMART learning objectives outline a task the intern will do, what they will learn from it, and how it will be accomplished. They typically involve:

  • Solving a functional problem
  • Improving the quantity or quality of a workplace output
  • Adding new responsibilities to ones already performed satisfactorily
  • Learning new information, duties, or software platforms
  • Learning new information or duties that will lead to the next level job
  • Starting a new job classification and learning the duties to be performed

These objectives should be geared toward fostering a student’s career growth and must be approved by the student's supervisor.

Sample Learning Objectives

Objective A – Creative
  1. What is the task to be completed?
    Develop a written training procedure manual for co-workers, which can be used by any supervisor as a guideline for training new employees.
  2. How will it be accomplished?
    I will maintain a daily log of my activities, including specific duties and responsibilities and meet with supervisory personnel.
  3. How will it be measured/evaluated/rated and by whom?
    A three-member committee including my supervisor and two co-workers will evaluate my final draft for feasibility.
  4. When will it be completed?
    I will compile a written training manual by the end of the semester.
Objective B – Increase Productivity
  1. What is the task to be completed?
    I will increase sales by 10 percent within 3 months.
  2. How will it be accomplished?
    By selling related products, developing increased product knowledge, and studying various sales manuals and books.
  3. How will it be measured/evaluated/rated and by whom?
    Supervisor will evaluate through review of sales receipts.
  4. When will it be completed?
    Completion date of May 23.

Support from Los Rios

The value in partnering with the district is enhanced student accountability. During the semester, a Los Rios instructor will schedule a site visit to meet with the intern's supervisor and make sure the student is making progress and benefitting their employer.

The instructor will receive the mid-term and end-of-semester evaluations and keep track of the student's progress over the course of the semester. To receive academic credit for their internship, students must:

  • Accomplish or make progress toward their learning objectives
  • Work enough hours
  • Turn in course assignments

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WEXP Offices

ARC Work Experience

Phone: (916) 484-8182
Email: wexp@arc.losrios.edu
Location: Library, Lower Level
ARC Work Experience Office Website

CRC Work Experience

Phone: (916) 691-7372
Location: Library Building, L 217 (2nd floor)
CRC Work Experience Office Website

FLC Work Experience

Phone: (916) 608-6552
Email: wexp@flc.losrios.edu
Location: Cypress Hall FL2-144
FLC Work Experience Office Website

SCC Work Experience

Phone: (916) 558-2444
Email: scc-wo@scc.losrios.edu
Location: Rodda Hall North, RHN 147
SCC Work Experience Office Website