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Paid internships

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Paid internships for college students currently enrolled in approved programs:
Business, Computing, Engineering

Internships are with high-profile employers throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Student applications will open in March 2024. Interviews will take place in the spring of 2024. The student internships will occur during summer of 2024.

Business, Computing, & Engineering FAQ’s for Colleges/Career Centers

Through the Border Region Talent Pipeline and the hard work of college professors, summer 2024 paid internships are available to community college and university students currently enrolled in the following programs:

Cuyamaca College

Grossmont College

Imperial Valley College

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College TCI

Palomar College

San Diego College of Continuing Education

San Diego Mesa College

Southwestern College

CSU San Marcos

San Diego State University

UC San Diego

UC San Diego Extended Studies

How it works

Students have the opportunity to intern for up to 240 hours of paid work experience!

Opportunities to work in-person, remotely, or hybrid for the business, computing, and engineering internships.

They earn $22/hour

How to qualify

Paid work experience for college students in:
Education

Paid work experiences are available with local educational agencies (LEAs) throughout the San Diego and Imperial region for current community college and university students interested in pursuing careers in education. This work experience will take place during the 2024-25 school year

The student application will open on March 11, 2024 and will close on April 7, 2024. Interviews will take place in May, 2024.

This list of certificate and degree programs is informational only. Students do not need to be enrolled in one of these programs to participate in this opportunity. Local school districts are looking for subject matter experts in a wide variety of content areas. Students with a background in STEM are in very high demand in K-12 education!

ANY STUDENT who is interested in pursuing a career in teaching is encouraged to apply!

Cuyamaca College

Grossmont College

Imperial Valley College

MiraCosta College

Palomar College

San Diego City College

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Miramar College

Southwestern College

CSU San Marcos

San Diego State University

UC San Diego

How it works

Students will earn $20/hour for up to 290 hours of work experience!
(250 hours at a K-12 school site plus 40 hours of training, onboarding, and ongoing support)

Students will have the opportunity to work with K-12 students at a local elementary, middle or high school during the 24-25 school year. 

Students will receive training and ongoing support throughout the duration of their work experience.

How to qualify

Sustainability Efforts

Our grant is supporting paid internships for college students. However, we are cognizant of the importance to create sustainable work-based learning opportunities once our grant is over. We are currently looking at developing a Pilot Apprenticeship program, as well as how to collaborate with the LAEP program.

Pilot Apprenticeship

The San Diego-Imperial Regional Consortium recently hired Joseph Stark, Apprenticeship Director. He is working with the community colleges to find ways to support them in creating new and innovative apprenticeship programs.

Our grant is looking to create a pilot, built off of the paid internship program. The goal is to have existing industry partners who have interns, to transition the college students to an apprenticeship to continue their training. More information to come!

LAEP

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned career-related employment. Visit the California Student Aid Commission website for more information.

Our grant is working with our local community colleges and universities to support this work and create a smooth transition with our industry partners.

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Community College Resources

Although the resources may look slightly different at each institution, they all share similar goals and opportunities to support students for work experiences while in college and upon graduation.

Each community college has a Career Center. As part of their services, they typically have student employment services for on-campus jobs, a career center to help support external work experiences, a job board platform, and cooperative work experiences where a student can earn college credit and acquire on-the-job training simultaneously.

University Resources

Similarly, the universities all have career services for on and off-campus opportunities. They utilize Handshake as their job board platform, and typically have a wealth of workshops and resources available – many of which are readily available on their websites.