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Work Experience is an academic class associated with a job, internship, or volunteer position. While students learn new skills and gain real-world training in this non-traditional class, they are supported by faculty and focus on developing their career skills. Work experience credit is earned based on 75 hours of paid work/internship or 60 hours of unpaid work/internship per unit the student is enrolled. 

Have an internship, job, or volunteer position secured and want to receive college credit for your hands-on experience? Complete the online Work Experience Application below to be considered for enrollment this semester and recieve an ADD/permission # to enroll. 

Are you interested in taking a Work Experience course? Review the Work Experience: Steps to Enroll to learn about the process and requirements to apply for Work Experience at Mesa College.

Questions? Please contact the Work Experience Coordinator, Shawn Fawcett for more information. 

Work Experience Steps to enroll:

To be eligible to obtain an ADD code/permission # to enroll, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Be a current SDCCD/Mesa College student (Apply online at
  • Secure a job, internship, or volunteer position (Paid or Unpaid)
  • Watch the Work Experience Orientation and complete the Orientation Quiz (Save quiz as file (PDF) to your computer as you will need to upload the file into WE Application)
  • Complete the Online Work Experience Application - Watch the WE Application Tutorial below for assistance as needed. Fall 2021 Application is NOW OPEN!
  • Completion of Employer Agreement by Site Supervisor (emailed to Site Supervisor automatically once student WE Application has been submitted) 
  • Mesa College On-Campus Unpaid Internship SDCCD Volunteer Form - Only required of students working in an ON-CAMPUS department in an UNPAID position. 
  • Attend mandatory in-person orientation (or virtual, see Covid note below) with Work Experience Instructor
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: The SDCCD Keenan Sexual Harassment Training is no longer required in order to receive an add code to enroll in a Work Experience course; however, students must complete the training prior to logging your Work Experience hours. Students will automatically receive an email from the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) outlining steps to complete the training at the time of enrollment.
    • Students that do not complete the training by the designated add/drop deadline will be dropped from Work Experience 270 and 272 courses.
    • Training must be completed in order to log Work Experience hours
    • Training will remain valid for 1 year from the date of completion
    • Students who have previously completed the Everfi training must still complete the Keenan Sexual Harassment Training

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS: In response to the current pandemic and impacted closures, both in-person or remote work will be accepted for Work Experience. In addition, the WE faculty orientation and site visits, which typically occur in-person, may take place virtually, most likely via Zoom. For more detailed information, please visit the SDCCD Work Experience website. Students completing in-person placements are highly encouraged to follow all health and safety protocols outlined by the CDC, Public Health Officials, and employment site. 

Upon submission of your Work Experience Application, the assigned Work Experience Instructor for your class will review your submitted forms for accuracy and completion. Once ALL forms and requirements are approved, the Work Experience Instructor will send an email to you with an ADD/permission # to enroll in the Work Experience class shortly before the semester begins. 

WORK EXPERIENCE Application HeLP & Tutorial:

Need help completing the steps to enroll and filling out the Work Experience Application? Watch this quick tutorial on how to successfully meet the requirements to submit your application and receive an add/permission # to enroll in Work Experience.



Earn college credit for work/internships (in or out of your field of study)
Paid, unpaid, or volunteer placements are eligible
Many Work Experience courses are  associated with certificate and degree requirements
CSU-Transferable - Complete and use units towards transfer requirements

Supervised employment which is intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness. The Work experience does not have to be related to the students' educational goal (Title 5 section 55252)

Supervised employment extending classroom based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students' educational or occupational goal. Work Experience 270 can be discipline specific (Title 5 section 55252)