An internship is an off-campus or on-campus work experience job that is designed to enhance student learning in the classroom. Through work experiences, students achieve “Learning Objectives” designed to help expand career options, learn about the ‘work culture’ and develop new job skills.
To be eligible for an internship class, students are required to be continuing Santa Monica College Students. A continuing student is one who attended SMC the previous fall or spring semester and completed at least 6 units. For example, a fall or summer intern is required to have attended the previous spring semester and completed at least 6 units. A spring intern is required to have attended the previous fall semester and completed at least 6 units.
In order to enroll in an internship, students are required to attend a one-hour Internship Orientation meeting at the beginning of the semester. Call the Career Services Center for the orientation meeting schedule, or get the information on our website: www.smc.edu/internship.
Students earn college credit based on the number of internship hours worked. Each unit of college credit requires 60 hours of unpaid (volunteer), or 75 hours of paid hours of work per semester. The General Internship Classes are listed in the Schedule of Classes under Counseling and Testing. The classes are Counseling 90A, B, C, and D and range from 1 to 4 units of credit. General Internships need not be related to the student’s educational or career goals.
F-1 students must see the immigration Coordinator at IEC before enrolling.
Many departments at SMC offer Internships specific to a student’s major or career goal. Internships combine on-the-job learning experiences with college curriculum and are for students beginning, changing, or advancing in a career, or moving ahead in a major.
For further information or for help in finding an internship, call the Career Services Center, (310) 434-4337, or go to our website www.smc.edu/internship.