Salt Lake Community College Career Services is introducing a new college internship program this semester.
The program consists of roughly 45 internship positions within SLCC departments that allow students to get practical knowledge and career insight within their respective field of interest. The internships are paid positions, $12 per hour and take place on campus with SLCC faculty and staff. Interns can work up to 20 hours per week.
“This is a new program that is offered through the Career Services office for students to work on campus in career-related positions that will help them gain career and occupational competencies,” says Wendy Potter, interim director for Career Services.
The internships are designed with the intention of providing a gateway for students to transition from school into a work environment with an established repertoire. An internship may provide experiences that would be hard to gain outside of an academic or work setting and may prove to be the difference between getting the job and being overlooked.
For students that want to participate in this program but have rigid work or school schedules, there may still be hope.
“Most of our departments are offering a flexible schedule, so it kind of depends if it’s within our core hours,” says Potter. “Most of the [internships] are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.”
Requirements will vary from position to position, depending upon the focus of the department, but there are a few basic requirements that apply to all internships.
Potter says students must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- They are a Salt Lake Community College student.
- They are taking at least nine credit hours.
- They have at least a 2.0 GPA, or be a first-semester student without an established GPA.
- They cannot be participating in work study or have a tuition waiver.
Potter adds that students can visit Career Services to determine their eligibility.
In recent weeks, Career Services has been hosting recruitment events for the college internship program. The final two events are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the South City and Jordan campuses. An assortment of SLCC departments will be tabling for prospective interns.
Students are encouraged to drop by a Career Services office if they’d like to find out more about the college internship program.