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STEM Internship Program. Emily Smith, Internship Specialist. This publication was developed with the support of a Hispanic Serving Institution STEM & Articulation program from the U.S. Department of Education. Our Goal:

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stem internship program

STEM Internship Program

Emily Smith, Internship Specialist

This publication was developed with the support of a Hispanic Serving Institution STEM & Articulation program from the U.S. Department of Education

Our Goal:

To connect Allan Hancock College STEM students with employers to provide real world work experiences and to participate in the National goal of increasing success and persistence rate of STEM students by 10%.

Building a STEM Internship Program

what is stem
What is STEM?

STEM stands for a cluster of careers in the fields of:





stem at allan hancock college
STEM at Allan Hancock College

Academic Programs

● Ag-science, Animal Science, Astronomy,

Biology, Chemistry, Enology/Viticulture,

Geology, Physics

● Mathematics, Engineering, Computer


● Manufacturing, Robotics, Mechatronics


an internship
An Internship:
  • Is a time-limited experience that can range from one month to one year, but usually lasts about three months.
  • Includes an intentional “learning plan” that is structured into the experience.
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development.
  • Typically includes learning objectives, observations, reflections, evaluation and assessment.
  • Balances the intern’s learning goals with the specific work the organization needs completed.
  • May be part-time or full-time.
  • Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern.
why offer an internship
Why Offer an Internship
  • Rising labor costs
  • Gaining fresh perspectives
  • Discover future business leaders
  • Helping to increase Persistence Rates of students seeking undergraduate degrees
  • STEM students are more likely to persevere in their field of study, after participating in an internship
  • A year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • College students are qualified candidates that can fill both entry-level and special skills set needs
  • Interns can help with projects and reduce workload
  • A flexible, cost-effective work force that does not require a long-term employment commitment
  • Provide freedom for professional staff to pursue creative or more advanced projects
  • A proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
recruiting and hiring your intern
Recruiting and Hiring Your Intern

AHC does the Recruiting!

You do the Hiring!

Evaluating resumes and applications

What to consider

The Interview process

The rejection

We Want You!

  • Career Fairs
  • Faculty Referrals
  • Online Job Postings
  • Postings in Print
  • Announcements via social media
actions activities endeavors
Actions, Activities & Endeavors
  • Developed recruitment material, attended community events, task force meetings, mixer and local Rotary meetings
  • Wrote an “Employer Guide to Internships”
  • Developed a fall and spring semester series of Soft Skill Workshops for our AHC Students
  • Created a “Hub” for obtaining STEM internship information and assistance
  • Held our first-ever STEM Career Fair in March
  • Created a Website
  • Providing students information and opportunities for Philanthropy
  • Connecting students to Research and University Internships
  • Dedicated counseling and advising
  • Free Tutoring
opportunities to participate
Opportunities to Participate
  • Be a guest speaker/presenter at one of our professional workshops
  • Assist students with resume and portfolio development
  • Participate in Mock Interviews
  • Provide input and support for our developing program
  • Consider hiring 1 or more Allan Hancock students as interns
  • Help us spread the word!
thank you
Thank You!

Emily Smith

(805) 922-6966 ext. 3820