Work Experience Student FAQs
Q. Does Work Experience find a job or internship for me?
A. In most cases, no. Some subject-specific courses, such as Early Intervention or Paralegal, do have a list of potential internship sites available from the instructor. Another resource for potential jobs/internships is the Welcome Center at COS in room 104 of the Sequoia building. The Welcome Center has job listings, including some internships and career specific websites to aid in your search.
Q. Can I enroll after the semester has begun?
A. Yes. During the first two weeks of the semester, you may still enroll by contacting the course instructor or program coordinator (Room IM112 - Sycamore Building)
Q. The semester has begun and I want to change the Work Experience course or the number of units, what do I do?
A. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to make changes in the type of course or the number of units. You will need an add code for the new course from the course instructor.
Q. I do unpaid/volunteer work. Can I enroll in Work Experience?
A. Yes. Credit can be earned in the program regardless of whether your work is paid or unpaid, as long as you meet the program requirements.
Q. I need to make changes to the objectives on the MLO form. What do I do?
A. Discuss the changes with your supervisor and contact your instructor immediately.
Q. Can I take Work Experience courses more than once?
A. Yes. Students can take a maximum of 3 units of General Work Experience per semester up to a total of 6 semester units and/or a maximum of 4 units of Occupational Work Experience per semester up to a total of 16 semester units. If a student takes both General and Occupational Work Experience courses, the combined maximum credit may not exceed a total of 16 units. It is not possible to enroll in both General and Occupational Work Experience in the same semester.
Q. I am self-employed. Can I enroll?
A. Yes. You will need to identify someone who can verify your employment and the completion of your learning objectives. A mentor, former supervisor, or a colleague in your field of work can be your supervisor.
Q. Can I change jobs during the semester?
A. Yes. You are allowed to change jobs/internships one time during the semester. You will need to complete new paperwork and develop new MLO's for the new job.
Q. If I change jobs, what do I need to do?
A. Notify your instructor when you are going to change jobs. You will need to get your Work Record signed by your supervisor and both you and your supervisor need to evaluate your objectives. A new Student Application and Agreement form will need to be completed for the new job. Be sure to record your work hours at the new job on a new time card.
Q. Do I need to work the same number of hours each week?
A. No. You must meet the minimum required work hours for the course, but the number of hours per shift or per week can vary.
Q. May I count vacation and holiday time as part of my required work hours?
A. No. While you can record hours worked whether you are working on your objectives or not, you may not count hours in which you are not participating in work activities. If you work on a holiday, those hours may be counted.
Q. What must I do if I need to drop the course?
A. Notify your instructor that you will be dropping the course. The instructor will work with you to resolve problems, if possible. If you decide to drop the course, it is your responsibility to initiate and complete the withdrawal procedure. Contact the Work Experience office Room IM112 Sycamore Building to complete the necessary forms.
If there are any other questions, please call the COS Work Experience office (559) 730-3742.
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