Work Experience & Internship Program Office

Students may receive internship referral assistance and may earn credit through enrollment in work experience classes. Schedule An Appointment Online: Students can use our self-service system to schedule an appointment online. Appointments are available for resume/cover letter evaluations, mock interviews, internship referral, and program information.

The Work Experience & Internship Program offers assistance in obtaining work experience or an internship.

To be eligible for the Work Experience (WEXP) program you must:

  • Be at least a second-semester (or more) student

  • Be in good academic standing (employers usually prefer 2.5 GPA and above)

  • Have a declared program of study and career goals

  • Enroll in a Work Experience class

  • Be willing to commit to at least one semester in a job or internship
  • Be goal oriented, motivated to learn and have good time management skills

  • If you are an ESL student, then we recommend that you be at least at an intermediate level in all areas (ESL50)

To receive assistance in obtaining work experience or an internship:

If you are eligible and ready to participate, register to view internship postings on the Los Rios Internships & Career Services - LINCS System

Print out all of the LINCS postings that are of interest to you

Click here to make an appointment with your campus Work Experience (WEXP) staff member to start the referral process

For your appointment bring: 
copies of the printed LINCS postings, 
your resume, 
unofficial transcripts and
proof of enrollment in a Work Experience (WEXP) class

Students are pre-screened and referred to employers for interviews by Work Experience (WEXP) staff

Students are responsible for keeping abreast of new internships, updating their application documents, and maintaining contact with Work Experience (WEXP) staff

WEXP/Internship Video Webshops

Intern Yourself into a Career

Did you know employers see internships as an effective way to identify and hire talent?   Learn why internships are such an important step toward achieving your career goals.  The webshop will also explain how to obtain an internship through the Work Experience & Internship Program.  Open to all majors. Don’t miss this: your future depends on it!!

Transcript for Intern Yourself Into a Career

Welcome to the Work Experience and Internship Program at American River College. First we will briefly discuss the Career planning process. We will then find out what an internship is and how it can benefit you. The Work Experience Program is designed to assist you in attaining that incredibly valuable internship. Learn what steps you need to take to begin earning academic credit while gaining real world experience. And finally, we will share with you some answers to our frequently asked questions. Now that we know what’s on the agenda, let’s get started.

The 5 steps doesn’t mean that you go through all of them in sequence, sometimes you’ll skip steps and sometimes you’ll move back a step or two. The important thing is that you hit all the steps at some point in your career development. 

Step 1) Get to know yourself. Do you get energy from working around people or do you prefer to work alone? What are your values? Do you value flexibility and independence in
the workplace? Respect? What truly motivates you? What are your skills and which ones to you truly enjoy using? Knowing who you are will increase your chances of finding a wellsuited position that will contribute to your happiness rather than squash your spirit.

Step 2) Now that you have some knowledge about yourself, have you done your research on the many career options that await you in the world of work? Visit the Career Center for resources. 

Step 3) Having a clear view of the many types of careers that exist within your field will help you narrow down your career search, your next step is to try out those different careers by doing an internship. Internships allow you to try on different work environments while gaining some very valuable skills. Having an internship will also set you apart from other applicants during your job search. 

Step 4) Get prepared even before your next job interview. Get your resume evaluated, work on those interview skills, and have multiple ways to do the job search and research the organizations who will be applying for (that’s an important one). 

Step 5) And finally….get going. Set some goals and take action. Be proactive by setting up informational interviews with potential employers. Apply for 3 different positions and follow up by the end of the month. Take a workshop on “professional dress”. Spread the
word, and continue building your network. Make short-term and long-term goals to keep you on your path. So what is an Internship? An internship is what bridges your education and your career choices. Not only will you learn incredibly valuable real-world skills that will look great on  your resume but you can also earn academic credit for the hours you do. Internships also give you the opportunity to try out the different fields within your chosen industry so that by the time you graduate you will have an idea of the type of career you want to have.

These are some pretty good reasons for doing an internship, but here’s one more reason… According to NACE (The National Association of Colleges and Employers) recent graduates who were interns earned, on average, approximately $7,000 more annually than those who
didn’t do an internship. Take a look at each of the career industries and notice the salary differences. And if that’s not reason enough…About 60% of interns get hired on as permanent employees. So here’s the skinny on the Work Experience and Internship Program—We are open to all majors.

You can enroll in up to 4 units per semester for up to 4 semesters to potentially gain 16 units. The WEXP classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall for both full semesters and 8 week semesters. You can also use a job that you already have to get
academic credit but it must relate to your career goals. For more information please visit our website at Click on
“Students” Here are some of our frequently asked questions. How do I qualify for WEXP: Students with at least one semester of college credit can enroll in a Work Experience class. You must also get a job or internship related to your career goals before the start of the class.

How do I apply for an internship?
Start by registering on LINCS to view internship postings, print all postings of interest to you. Make an appointment with your campus WEXP staff to start the referral process. Bring to the appointment the copies of the printed postings, your resume, and unofficial

Are there deadlines to apply for an internship?
In order to secure an internship before your work experience course starts, we recommend that you apply for an internship at least 3 weeks or more prior to the start of the enrollment term.

Can I receive college credit for a job?
Yes, as long as the job is related to your career goals. Paid positions require that you do a minimum 75 hours per unit. Unpaid internships require 60 hours per unit. 

How do I register for the course?
Register like you would for any other course. During the enrollment period register for either WEXP 198, 298, or 498.

Can I develop my own internship?
Absolutely. Visit the “Resource Library” folder titled “How to develop your own Internship”

And lastly, can I get credit for an internship I’ve already done?
No. Your internship must happen concurrently with the WEXP class. Hours only count
from the first week of instruction to the last during an enrollment period.

Social Media and the Job Search

Types of Social Media:

1) Social networking: Facebook and LinkedIn
2) Microblogging: Twitter
3) Multimedia sharing: Slideshare, Youtube, and Flikr
4) Blogs: Wordpress and Blogspot
Why use social media for your job search?

  • 70-80% of recruiting happens through social networks.
  • 90 million users are on LinkedIn as of January 2011
  • 50% of employers will Google potential employees or interns

Networking In-person vs. Online

Cartoon (business man shaking another businessman’s hand) “It’s a pleasure to meet you sir. Facebook
has told me so much about you”
 The advantages of networking in person: build rapport with the person, allows for the power of
personal connection, allows you to find common ground, and it sets things in motion much

  • The advantages of networking online: online networking gives you accessibility any time of day,
    defies space and time boundaries, expand your reach: increase and diversify your network.
  • Money saving tip: by networking online you can save valuable resources, like time and money,
    because you can reach out to almost anyone, anywhere without having to get into your car to
    drive you there.

Agenda item #2: Social Media strategies that can help maximize your job search.
1) Start building your network early.
Tip: Social media allows you to build a diverse network which takes time. Networking is
essentially building and nurturing relationships that can ultimately benefit your career. Start
building even before you are actively looking for work.
2) Stay tuned it: Check your network often
Tip: Social media happens with our without you. Stay tuned in to learn the latest from your
network. For example, if your friends on Facebook happen to mention a job opening within your
field then you can be the first to jump on it.
2) Create a Brand Identity

  • Start by building your Brand or what we call your “Online Identity”
  • Begin by taking out a sheet of paper and answer the following questions:
  • What do I want to be doing 5 years from now? What am I passionate about? What motivates
    me? How would my friends describe me? What are my dreams?
    This will be the backbone of your Brand
  • Then add things like skills, educational achievements, experiences, things you plan to do
    in the future (i.e. certifications, trainings, degrees, etc.) and new skills you plan to learn in
    the next year that will keep your brand up-to-date.
  • What you end up with is: A consistent brand “YOU” that will familiarize prospective
    employers with your unique qualities and qualifications. Sort of like an extensive online
    resume (which is what your brand essentially is). Now you need to know how to
    showcase it online.
    Agenda Item #3: Are you LinkedIn?
    Now create an account on LinkedIn and showcase your brand.
    (Image of LinkedIn website)
  • The profile includes work experience, education, recommendations (these are like references that
    can be viewed by your network), and additional social media sites you are linked with. You can
    link your company website or your Facebook page (as long as it is appropriate) to your LinkedIn
  • Your "Snapshot" is a brief synopsis of YOU including current work, education, and the area you
    live in. This is what your network will see. Be sure to provide a "Profile Headline" that captures
    your uniqueness. It should be a marketing
  • Your education should include any degrees you have or degrees that you are working toward,
    trainings, certifications, or licenses. You can include anything that you will complete in the near
    future (use a future date) (Image of Education section on LinkedIn profile)
  • Include skills that you have that re relevant to the field you wish to work in. (Image of Skills
    section from LinkedIn profile)
    Once your profile is complete you can start building your network. If you don't know how to do that here
    is a tip.
    TIP: Sign on to LinkedIn and develop relationships with those in your field. If you don't know anyone
    yet then start by asking questions and showing a genuine interest in the field such as "I'm really interested
    in a career in GIS, where did you start out and what advice would you give someone who is new to the

WARNING: If you are using social media for your job search DO NOT POST ANYWHERE ONLINE
What you did last night at the bar
Personal information including relationship status, political views, or religious beliefs.
Information about drinking or drug use, discriminatory remarks about race, gender, or sexual
orientation and unprofessional screen names.
Think of your online identity as information that you would talk about in an interview or with your
current boss. Keep it PROFESSIONAL and APPROPRIATE!!!
Check out these valuable resources if you would like more information about social media, branding, and
networking online:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Branding Yourself By Sherry Beck Paprocki, Ray Paprocki (Branding)
Dan Schawbel, author of “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success” (Kaplan, April
2009) (Branding) (10
ways to use Facebook for your Job Search)

6 Steps to your next resume

Step 1

Write down everything you've done professionally and academically.
Include education, work and volunteer experience, awards, travel, organizations you belong to, trainings you have done and any other relevant experience.
For example:
Designed software program
Worked as a waitress for Sacramento Grill 2005-2009
Volunteered at Loaves and Fishes
Classes: Computer Software Design, International Relations, Communications, Marketing, Business and
Bookkeeper for private firm
Associates Degree: Computer Science
Volunteered for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2002-2004
Toastmasters International
Sacramento Arts Council Member 2001-2006
Class Project: Research local homeless shelters and organize can food drive
Honor Society
Dean’s list 1999-2004
McDonald’s Scholarship 2004
Bachelor of Arts: Communications (expected date of graduation 12/2013)
Fluent in Arabic & Mandarin
Knowledge of PowerPoint, Excel, & Word
Traveled to India, Egypt, & Japan
Received employee of the month award
Toastmaster’s award
Member of Beta Alpha Psi
American Heart Association Volunteer
Teacher's Assistant: Created database for students' grades
Intern: Intel 2008-2009
 Let this be a brainstorming activity

Step 2

Once your experience is detailed nicely on a list you can start organizing it based on the description of the position you are applying for. You can also create a generic resume if all the positions you are applying to are in the same field (for example, Accounting) Get a copy of the "job description" for the position you are applying for. It should look something like this:
Items listed on this job description include: Qualifications (degree in Computer Information Systems,
prior experience in Intranet Programming, prior experience in the field of education, etc.) and
Performance Responsibilities (such as “work with district programmers and Student information support
team in the development of the intranet programs that link to district data bases, and project management)
 Having the job description allows you to tailor your resume to the requirements of the position.
 Make sure you include key words from the job description since employers look for those key
words (if you submit your resume electronically, the computer will scan for those key words. If
you don't provide them, your resume may not be chosen for review). For example, the posting
listed above asks for prior experience with ".Net and Java". If you have that experience than
include it on your resume.

Step 3

Using the job description and your list of experiences begin creating an outline. Refer to the "Resume Content" chart on our website to see what information you can include.
Follow this link to access the “Resume Content Chart” (pages 16-17)
Compare your experience with the "qualifications" and "performance responsibilities" from the job description and highlight the skills that you possess that are related and relevant.

Try to identify the transferable skills that you possess that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Here are a couple examples:
The teaching assistant position from the experiences requires multi-tasking which matches #5 and #6 in the performance responsibilities on the job description. Definitely put this on your resume!
A Bachelor of Arts degree in communication matches #3, #4 and even #5 in the job description.
Definitely put this on your resume!
Experience in bookkeeping, designing a software program, and interning at Intel all demonstrate
organizational and attention-to-detail skills, these match up with many of the responsibilities of the position. Definitely put these on your resume!

Step 4

Now Choose a Format. You may not want to stick to just one format so use your creative freedom to
select elements of each based on the type of experience you have and what the employer is looking for.
Here are 3 formats you can begin with:
Please see resume formats (Chronological, Functional, and Hybrid/Combination) in Student Guide

Step 5

Now you are ready to create your resume
Here is an example of the headings you can include in your resume based on both the position description and your experience.
These are the sections you can include on your resume given your experiences and the job description.
An objective
A skills summary section
Your education
Any relevant coursework
Experience related to the position
Work History
(Image of the list of experiences and job description side by side)
You can also include an awards section

Step 6

Make sure you check your resume for any errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
TIP: Most employers will stop reading a resume if they encounter any of these errors.
Make sure font size is consistent for both the headings and the rest of the text. For example, the
font size for all headings in this resume is 12 pt. font and the text is 11 pt. font.
 Do you have an appropriate email address? Example: is NOT
Is punctuation consistent? Statements used in resumes are not complete sentences so make sure
you do not have periods at the end of them.
 Make sure you have commas where you need them such as between cities and states.
Create visual impact using bullets, underline, bold, & CAPS but don't overdo it
Don't use personal pronouns on your resume
Don't say, for example: "I have excellent communication skills" Instead you would say,
"Exhibits excellent communication skills"
Write short sentences and short paragraphs. Do not write lengthy paragraphs to describe your
You don't need to say "References Included" on your resume.
If you would like to have your resume evaluated, please make an appointment with a Work Experience or
Career Center Staff member.

ARC - Work Experience & Internship Program Office

Coordinator: Vivian Dillon
Phone: (916) 484-8182

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Monday - Friday 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Office Location: Library, Lower Level

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