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Internship Opportunities

Internships provide Southwestern College students with hands-on workplace experience and an opportunity to develop and improve skills which will make them more marketable when they begin their job search. Internships are temporary job positions that employers offer to attract and develop potential future employees. Internships are also used by our Students to meet their degree or certificate requirements. We encourage you to set academic and career goals and seek an internship which can help you land a permanent job with a company you're interested in. 

Preparing for your internships is essential. Make sure your have completed at least 6 units in your declared major, have a strong GPA, and have at lease 12-15 hours per week to devote to your internship.  You should also have an updated resume and work on your interviewing skills.  

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The following Internship/Volunteer opportunities available through SWC.


The Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) program provides paid and non-paid internship opportunities to students. CWEE builds the bridge from college to career by providing on the job training and additional resources for career success. Applying what you have learned in the classroom to your internship enables you to earn college credits (up to 16 units) while working in jobs related to your academic and career program.


Service Learning is a volunteer internship opportunity which ties course curriculum and concepts with service in the community. Students who participate create learning objectives around their course and connect them to the service experience. Service Learning helps students enhance course learning, gain valuable skills for employment and improve their views on civic engagement. Students can participate in a wide variety of service opportunities including delivering meals and providing companionship to seniors, helping at local blood drives and working in a K-12 classroom. Service Learning students serve a minimum of 15 hours over the semester with a registered community partner and will earn course credit, a certificate of recognition and co-curricular transcript notation.


MESA is an academic enrichment program that supports educationally disadvantaged students, including students from groups with low rates of college eligibility, to prepare for and excel in math, engineering and science majors and attain Bachelor of Science degrees from four-year institutions.


Provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom instruction to real-world GIS problem-solving by working with a government or private agency. Contact: Professor Kenneth Yanow.


Bridges to the Future is a collaboration between Southwestern College and San Diego State University which focuses on minority students going into biomedical research. The year-and-a-half program offers courses in laboratory skills, research ethics, biomedical research techniques, a colloquium with research mentors, and a summer internship in a biomedical research laboratory. After transferring to San Diego State, students are eligible for further programs.


The Biotechnology Program offers a variety of paid internships to current Biotechnology students. Participating students gain skills, confidence and practical hands-on experience needed to be successful in the job market or post-graduate study.


If you are a student looking for an internship with a federal agency or corporation, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Internships may be for you. HACU seeks the best and the brightest to fill their many internship opportunities which help students develop into the next generation of dedicated public servants and business leaders. Students receive paid round-trip airfare, housing assistance and a weekly stipend.


During CHCI’s paid internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office or federal agency, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. Internships are offered year-round, you can apply for the program that best fits your college timeline and schedule. Your school may even give you academic credit for your internship experience.

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Last updated: 6/1/2016 11:28:34 AM