Westmont's Internship Program

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General Information

Undergraduate years present an excellent opportunity to explore work options. By participating in an internship, you may test classroom theories in a real work setting, assess personal strengths, hone personal skills, and begin a network of employer contacts. An additional benefit is that employers and graduate schools look for applicants with career-related work experiences.

LOCATING AN INTERNSHIP

Internship opportunities can be found on Job Spot. Through this site you can select 'internships' as your selected position type. However, one of the best ways to find an internship is through your personal connections.
Feel free to contact a current students or recent graduate for feedback if you want to explore the possibility of an internship at one of the listed sites.

Career Development & Calling can also provide you with information on previous years internship placements.

Before you begin the process of searching for an internship, it is best to have your resume ready and reviewed. The Career Development office is available to you for resume review by calling 805-565-6031 or requesting an appointment through Job Spot.



INTERNSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT

Students also have the opportunity to earn academic credit for an elective internship. You must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following courses: APP-190-1 (Elective Internship for 2,3 or 4 units) or APP-190SS-1 (Service Internship for 2,3 or 4 units) * This also fulfills Serving Society GE

When enrolling on WebAdvisor, you will need to enter the number of intended units for your internship. To do so, estimate the number of hours you intend to give to your internship site. Refer to the chart below to help with planning.

Units Approx. Hours/Week Semester Total
2 6 72
3 9 108
4 12 144
When Holiday breaks, and final exams are taken into account, approximately 12 weeks are left over for an internship or practicum.


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Review of Westmont’s Internship Program for Fall & Spring Semesters

Students planning to earn credit for an internship are required to take a concurrent course. The seminar style courses offer practical application of academic theories and develop civic, social, and vocational skills. When a student earns major credit for an internship, the experience is called a practicum. When a student takes the elective internship course (APP-190 or APP-190SS) the experience is called an internship. The following departments schedule practicum courses on a regular or semi-regular basis:

Department

Instructor

Department

Instructor

Biology

Horvath

Spanish

Docter

Communication Studies

Stern

Political Science

Knecht

Economics & Business

Ifland

Psychology

Gurney/Rogers

Elective Internships

Howen

Religious Studies

Soifer

Kinesiology

Milner

Sociology

Jirek

It should also be noted that some unrepresented departments have built practical components into their major programs. Art, education, music, and theater majors are examples of this. Natural science departments (biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science) offer some specific research opportunities.


 

*Instructions for Launching the ILAF

(An ILAF is required for an internship)
Note: You must wait 24 hours after enrolling in an internship/practicum course to complete the final step: submitting the ILAF. This only takes a minute. Make sure you have contact information for your internship site at close hand.
To secure approval from all relevant parties, follow these instructions to launch your ILAF:

  1. Click on On-line Internship Agreement (ILAF).
  2. Complete and submit the online ILAF. Be sure to enter your supervisor's email address correctly.
  3. Immediately let your site supervisor know to check his/her email inbox. The subject line will read: "(Student’s Name) Requires Internship Approval."

You will receive an email once the process has been completed.

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