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Employers may post jobs/internships or volunteer opportunities on The COD Job Hub is a free online job-board for employers and students. Upon posting a job opportunity, students can apply directly to the employer and once hired, students can also register for the Work Experience class to earn transferable academic credit for their work experience.

  • The student works 75 hours per unit for a paid position or 60 hours per unit if it is an unpaid position. If the student is a volunteer or participating in an unpaid position, he/she will be covered by College of the Desert workman's compensation insurance. If the position is paid, the student must be covered by the employer’s insurance just like any other employee (see Fair Labor Standard Act fact sheet below).

  • If the student is participating in an unpaid internship, the internship must follow the college’s semester class dates and be enrolled in a Work Experience class (see below for upcoming session dates). Employers offering unpaid internships will also be required to provide the Work Experience Office with a written weekly description of what the student will be learning throughout the internship.

  • The student will need to maintain record of hours worked on a timesheet provided by the Work Experience Office and must be signed/dated by the employer and student.

  • A Work Experience Instructor will meet with the employer and student at the job site twice during the semester: At the beginning to establish three (3) goals and sign an agreement form and toward the end of the semester to complete an evaluation of the student's achievement of the goals and application of the following 21st Century Soft Skills:

    • Adaptability
    • Self-Awareness
    • Digital Fluency
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Empathy
    • Analysis / Solution Mindset
    • Resilience
    • Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Social / Diversity Awareness

Upcoming Internship Dates

To help prepare for upcoming internships, please follow the dates below:  

Spring Term 2020

January 27 - May 22, 2020 16 week session

February 24 - May 22, 2020 12 week session

Summer Term 2020

    June 8 - July 31, 2020  8 week session

Fall Term 2020​

    August 31 - December 18, 2020  16 week session

    September 28 - December 18, 2020  12 week session

Spring Term 2021

    February 1 - May 28, 2021  16 week session

    March 1 - May 28, 2021  12 week session

Note: No home-based businesses please & be sure to review the below "Fair Labor Standards Act"

Benefits of Work Experience Program to Employers

  • Students can bring new ideas and perspectives to the workplace.

  • The program can aid in vetting students before the hiring process begins, which essentially reduces recruitment cost to the institution's bottom line.

  • The creation of short-term internships planned ahead of time can be helpful to businesses during peak season.

  • It allows employers to evaluate a potential long-term employee before committing to making a permanent employment offer.

  • Employers have the opportunity to help train and develop students who will be leading the workforce for generations to come.

Basic Questions & Answers for Employers