General Work Experience

Student at work
Student at work
Student at work
Student at work

About the Program

Santa Barbara City College offers two types of Work Experience

  • General Work Experience
    • Paid Work and Volunteer Work
    • Paid Internships and Volunteer Internships (Please go to the link below for more information about internships)
  • Occupational Work Experience (Please go to the link below for more information about Occupational Work Experience)

Occupational Work Experience     Internships

Credit Course: WEXP 290 - General Work Experience (1 – 4 units)

Combines academic study and practical work experience to develop students' marketable skills and prepare them for a successful career. Student jobs need not be related to their educational goals. WEXP 290 units are based on the number of hours a student works during the 16-week semester or 6-week summer session:

  • Paid work/Internship hour requirements: 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, 3 units = 225 hours, 4 units = 300 hours.
  • Volunteer work/Internship hour requirements: 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180, 4 units = 240 hours.
Student Expectations 

Students enrolled in Work Experience must satisfy a number of required assignments in addition to meeting the minimum number of hours. These assignments include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing thorough employment information
  • Conferencing with the instructor of the course
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating specific job-oriented learning objectives
  • Communicating with the instructor of the course

Job Referral Services 

The Career Center receives numerous job, Internship and volunteer postings from employers and organizations in the community. The center can provide referrals for part-time and full-time jobs and internships. The center maintains an online job referral system. In addition, the Career Center sponsors an annual Job Fair every spring. Local employers are available, allowing students to learn about career opportunities and apply for job openings. Additional information about job referral is available at the Career Center.

Career Center


Faculty/Program Coordinator

Dr. Anita Cruse


Carola Smith