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work experience


Earn college credit for your work in a job, internship, or volunteer position. Students are supported by faculty as they explore career pathways, learn professional skills, and gain real-world training in the workplace through this non-traditional class. Work experience credit is earned based on 75 hours of paid or 60 hours of unpaid work/internship per unit the student is enrolled. Complete the Work Experience Steps to Enroll below to recieve an ADD code to register.

Need assistance with finding a job/internship/volunteer position? Activate your account and complete your profile on SDCCD's new online Handshake Job Board (use email linked to MySDCCD Portal). Students can search for thousands of open positions, connect with employers, and schedule appointments with Mesa's Internship Coordinator to get help. 

Work Experience Steps to enroll:

To be eligible to obtain an ADD code/permission # to enroll, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Get $$$ for Workforce Training! Apply for the Mesa Impactship Program: Interning with a Purpose
  • Be a current SDCCD/Mesa College student (Apply online at
  • Secure a job, internship, or volunteer position (Paid or Unpaid)
  • Watch the Work Experience Orientation and complete the Orientation Quiz (Save quiz as file (PDF) to your computer as you will need to upload the file into WE Application)
  • Complete the Online Work Experience Application - Watch the WE Application Tutorial below for assistance as needed. Spring 2023 Application will be available by December 2022. Please check back on the WE website soon.
  • Completion of Employer Agreement by Site Supervisor (emailed to Site Supervisor automatically once student WE Application has been submitted) 
  • Mesa College On-Campus Unpaid Internship SDCCD Volunteer Form - Only required of students working in an ON-CAMPUS department in an UNPAID position. 
  • Attend mandatory in-person orientation (or virtual, see Covid note below) with Work Experience Instructor
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: The SDCCD Keenan Sexual Harassment Training is no longer required in order to receive an add code to enroll in a Work Experience course. Students must complete this requirement by the withdrawal deadline. 
  • CHIL 270 + 151 Students ONLY - Complete the Child Development Vaccination Form as proof of immunization. Must be authorized by medical professional and no other verification forms will be accepted. 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT STUDENTS - Need CHIL 151 as a co-requisite to CHIL 270? Students pursuing the Child Development degree must take CHIL 151 and 270 together as combo classes at the same institution because the class content and field experience assignments are aligned. Contact the instructor for CHIL 151 for more information. 

Upon submission of your Work Experience Application, the assigned Work Experience Instructor for your class will review your submitted forms for accuracy and completion. Once ALL forms and requirements are approved, the Work Experience Instructor will send an email to you with an ADD/permission # to enroll in the Work Experience class shortly before the semester begins. 

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS:In response to the current pandemic and impacted closures, both in-person or remote work will be accepted for Work Experience. In addition, the WE faculty orientation and site visits, which typically occur in-person, may take place virtually, most likely via Zoom. For more detailed information, please visit the SDCCD Work Experience website. Students completing in-person placements are highly encouraged to follow all health and safety protocols outlined by the CDC, Public Health Officials, and employment site. 

WORK EXPERIENCE Application HeLP & Tutorial:

Need help completing the steps to enroll and filling out the Work Experience Application? Watch this quick tutorial on how to successfully meet the requirements to submit your application and receive an add/permission # to enroll in Work Experience.



Earn college credit for work/internships (in or out of your field of study)
Paid, unpaid, or volunteer placements are eligible
Many Work Experience courses are  associated with certificate and degree requirements
CSU-Transferable - Complete and use units towards transfer requirements

Supervised employment which is intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness. The Work experience does not have to be related to the students' educational goal (Title 5 section 55252)

Supervised employment extending classroom based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students' educational or occupational goal. Work Experience 270 can be discipline specific (Title 5 section 55252)

Here from a Mesa student about their Work Experience!