Internships give you the opportunity to explore careers, develop your skill set, apply classroom theory into real-world of work situations, and grow your professional network - all while earning college credit!
An internship will assist you:
What Interests You?
Before you search for an internship, ask yourself the following:
The Work Experience Office is committed to advocating for student paid internships to elevate economic mobility. In some cases, employers or agencies, such as local non-profits, may still provide meaningful entry-level positions or internships that can assist students in earning work experience and building their resume.
Checkout this great article from Handshake on the benefits to working for experience, or for pay, at your next internship.
Note: Students who participate in an unpaid internship are highly encouraged to only intern during the semester dates and also enroll in a Work Experience course. In doing so, students obtain liability protection through College of the Desert's liability protection during the enrolled session. A copy of this certificate is available upon request, once you have secured an unpaid internship.
You may reference the Department of Labor Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and provide a copy to the internship site before engaging in an unpaid internship.
Use the following resources to find an internship today!
College of the Desert's Handshake platform is completely free to all students and alumni. You will be able to connect and apply for internships, on and off campus jobs, and career opportunities!
Once logged in, you will have access to view the Events tab to participate in in-person and virtual events hosted by the Career & Workforce Solutions Center and the Work Experience Office.
Note: Events with the COD logo titled "Premier Events" are the only eligible EDGE/PlEDGE workshops that count towards your free tuition program requirements.
The majority of the jobs and internships will be found through Handshake. Below are a few that are actively recruiting. Log into Handshake for additional details and apply.
The Work Experience Office works in collaboration with the Career & Workforce Solutions Center (CWSC) to assist you in preparing for your interview and crafting a winning resume. Use the following resources and prepare to make great first impression!
The best way to prepare for your interview is to practice. Your interviewer will likely ask about your experience, skill set, and why you are the best fit for the internship.
Visit the Career and Workforce Solutions Center to schedule your mock interview with a Career Counselor and/or attend a workshop. Workshops include:
Log into Handshake under the Events tab to view events and register. Workshops are offered during fall and spring semesters.
Are you struggling to find a meaningful internship on Handshake? It's time to consider expanding your search and use additional resources.
Visit the links below to learn about other internship opportunities and eligibility requirements.
Networking with local business is one of the best ways to find out if they offer or may consider establishing an internship. Not all local employers are currently utilizing Handshake to post jobs or internships. Perhaps they have never considered an internship position - and the first internship can begin with you!
If you are interested in interning at a local agency, research their website, contact information, and give them a call.
If they have never hosted an intern nor have any established relationships with College of the Desert's Work Experience Office, please connect us to them! We'd be happy to explain the internship process and documentation needed.
Alternatively, you may direct them to our Employer Resources page for steps on how to set up an internship.
Make sure you attend the on-campus Fall and Spring Career and Job Fair. Check the Events tab in Handshake to stay up-to-date on the next one!
Many are hosted by individual companies or Chambers of Commerce. Be sure to follow them on social media and check their websites for upcoming job fairs and networking events.
Search local community non-profit organizations throughout the Coachella Valley. Yes, you can earn college credit for your volunteer position by enrolling in a Work Experience course!
There a numerous local non-profits searching for volunteers year-round. Things to consider when looking for a meaningful volunteer position that will fulfill you and your career development:
Review the Volunteer Opportunities List created by our plEDGE Program.
Sending a follow-up thank you note to a future employer shows genuine interest in the position you are applying. A thank you note can be handwritten or send electronically. Remember - make a lasting first impression!