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 and Volunteer Work
    • Paid and Volunteer Internships (see below for more information)
  • Occupational Work Experience

Occupational Work Experience     Internships

Credit Course: WEXP 290 - General Work Experience (1 – 3 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 semester:

  • For paid work: 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, 3 units = 225 hours.
  • For volunteer work: 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180.
Student Expectations 

For each semester that a student is enrolled in Work Experience, it is required that the student provide evidence of new or expanded responsibilities or learning opportunities beyond those experienced during previous employment.

  • Planning and implementation of a work-place project
  • Satisfactory completion of specific job-oriented learning objectives
  • Regular communication with WEXP 290 instructor

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