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Work Experience Guide for Students

Earn College Credit While You Work

The Work Experience and Internship Program is designed for students who are near completion of their degree or certificate. Through an internship, you set goals and build professional skills while earning units toward your degree or certificate.

Requirements

To participate in Work Experience, students must:

  • Have declared a major or career goal
  • Have completed at least one semester in college
  • Be in good academic standing with a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher
  • Commit to an internship for the duration of the enrollment term (for example, 16 weeks, 12 weeks, or eight weeks)

Getting Started

Why wait? Make an appointment with your Work Experience Office on campus or use the following resources to get started today!

Enrolling in a Work Experience Course

At Sacramento City College, there are two types of WEXP courses: 498 or 198. Most students take WEXP 498. Some degrees and certificates require students to complete a WEXP 498 course. Other programs offer a WEXP course as an elective.

Occupational WEXP 498

WEXP 498 courses are for students who are completing an associate degree an plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.

These units are only transferable to the California State University (CSU) system. CSU may accept up to eight (8) units of Work Experience 498 classes as electives when student's work is related to their major.

The University of California does not accept these units.

General WEXP 198

WEXP 198 is for students interested in exploring various career options who have not picked a major. The course is intended to help students acquire desirable work habits, attitudes, and career awareness. These units may count as general education units.

These units do not transfer to California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).

The type of WEXP course you enroll in also determines the maximum number of units you can earn:

  • In WEXP 498, you can earn up to four (4) units per semester.
  • In WEXP 198, you can earn up to three (3) units per semester.

Repeating WEXP Courses

You can take a WEXP 498 course up to four times and receive up to 16 units total. You can take a WEXP 198 course up to two times and receive up to 6 units total.

Student who have participated in Work Experience before and passed with a grade of "C" or better are not required to attend weekly class, but will still meet with their instructor on a regular basis.

Earning Units

The number of units you earn in a WEXP course is based on how many hours you work per semester, whether your internship is paid or unpaid, and the type of WEXP course you enroll in.

You must complete your learning objectives and course assignments to receive credit for a WEXP course.

Calculating Work Hours and Units

The number of hours you work determines how many units you earn. Units are determined as follows:

  • Paid internship – 1 unit per 75 hours worked during a semester
  • Unpaid internship – 1 unit per 60 hours worked during a semester

Work hours must be worked within the semester's start and end dates. Time spent in class or on assignments does not count toward work hours.

How Many Hours Can You Commit to Work?

Figure out how many hours you are able to work in a semester before you decide how many WEXP units to take.

For example, if you register for 1 unit for a paid internship, then you need to commit to working 75 hours within the semester to receive credit and pass the class.

Hours/Units for Paid Internships

Example of how many units a student might earn in a single semester while working a paid internship.
Session Length Work Hours Per Week Work Hours Per Semester Units Earned
8 Weeks 9 to 10 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
8 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
8 Weeks 28 to 29 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
8 Weeks 37 to 38 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units
12 Weeks 6 to 7 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
12 Weeks 12 to 13 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
12 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
12 Weeks 25 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units
16 Weeks 4 to 5 Hours 75 Hours 1 Unit
16 Weeks 9 to 10 Hours 150 Hours 2 Units
16 Weeks 14 to 15 Hours 225 Hours 3 Units
16 Weeks 18 to 19 Hours 300 Hours 4 Units

Hours/Units for Unpaid Internships

Example of how many units a student might earn in a single semester while working an unpaid internship.
Session Length Work Hours Per Week Work Hours Per Semester Units Earned
8 Weeks 7 to 8 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
8 Weeks 15 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
8 Weeks 22 to 23 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
8 Weeks 30 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units
12 Weeks 5 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
12 Weeks 10 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
12 Weeks 15 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
12 Weeks 20 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units
16 Weeks 3 to 4 Hours 60 Hours 1 Unit
16 Weeks 7 to 8 Hours 120 Hours 2 Units
16 Weeks 11 to 12 Hours 180 Hours 3 Units
16 Weeks 15 Hours 240 Hours 4 Units

Dropping or Withdrawing

Notify your instructor if you plan to withdraw from the course or if you have been terminated from your internship. It is your responsibility to officially drop the course. You may receive an "F" grade if you fail to drop the course through Admissions and Records or eServices.

Absences

You will be dropped if you miss more Work Experience course sessions than is allowed by your instructor. If you are in an unpaid internship position, then your supervisor will be notified that you are no longer enrolled in the Work Experience Course and that you are no longer covered under the Los Rios Community College District Unpaid Internship Agreement.

Contact

Email: SCC-Wo@scc.losrios.edu
Phone: (916) 558-2444

Students Currently in a WEXP Course: Contact your current Work Experience instructor on Canvas.

Hours

Monday through Friday, hours may vary.

Location

Rodda Hall North, RHN 147
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95822