Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am enrolled in a fast track program, and I want to start working as soon as possible.  Why should I consider an internship? 

A1: Finding a job can be difficult especially if you lack the industry related experience.  The Workplace Internship Network (WIN) office assists students with gaining industry related experience by connecting fast track program completers with internship opportunities.  This service provides a pathway between college and career.  The goal is to see our program completers successfully employed.   

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Q2: What internships are available?

A2: Internship opportunities through the WIN office are directly related to programs of study that are considered Fast Track.  Currently, internship opportunities exist specifically for fast track programs in Welding, Mechanized Agriculture, Industrial Electrical Technician, CAD Mechanical Design and Computer Networking.

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Q3: What is the purpose of an internship?

A3: The purpose of an internship is to gain industry related work experience.  The majority of students applying for an internship do not have industry related work experience. Work experience in any field is helpful to gaining an internship through the WIN office but it is not necessary.  

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Q4: How do I get an internship?

A4: Internship opportunities are extended to students who have successfully completed a fast track program, who have attended career readiness workshops provided through the WIN office, and who are referred by an instructor.  The WIN office will notify students during their final semester of internship opportunities including interview dates and times. 

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Q5: Are internship opportunities competitive?

A5: Yes.  Interviews may be scheduled with two or more companies.  You may be interviewing for an internship at the same company as your former classmates.  The employer is the final decision maker on who is hired for the position(s). 

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Q6: When do internships start?

A6: Internships begin at the completion of your program.  This is different from traditional internships which often take place during the course of study.    Fast track programs are completed in one year or less and complete in the spring (May) with the exception of the Welding program which is a one semester program and has completers in December and May.  A program completer that completes in May will likely have a summer start date. 

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Q7: Will it be a paid internship?

A7: Yes.  All internships set up through the WIN office are paid internships.  Pay varies based on the industry and employer.  Pay is comparable to that of an entry level position based on industry and region.

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Q8: How long will the internship be?

A8: The length of an internship is currently 90 days.  Internships may be part time or full time with varying shift hours.

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Q9: Is it possible to be hired for a regular (part time or full time) position with the company when I complete the internship?

A9: Yes.  However, it is not guaranteed that you will be offered a regular (part time or full time) position.  Based on the employer’s need and your overall performance, an employer may decide to offer you a position within the company. 

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Q10: I have more questions.  Who can I talk to?

A10: Contact the WIN office at 209-381-6580 or email autumn.gardia@mccd.edu

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