PHASE #3 - INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
WestCal Academy® encourages all students to secure work experience in their declared field of major. This better assures that students are able to secure a lucrative career after graduating from college. Students receive guidance towards an internship in their field of major and may receive direct referrals from WestCal Academy®. Three types of internships are available: private sector, public sector, and political positions.
Private Sector Internships
These are positions with companies that are not under the direct control of local, state, or federal government. Examples include, but are not limited to: academic (teaching/classified), administrative, business, computer information systems (CIS), human resources, law, law enforcement, marketing, medicine, security, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
Public Sector Internships
These are positions with local, state, and federal agencies. Examples include, but are not limited to: academic (teaching/classified), administrative, business, computer information systems (CIS), human resources, intelligence, law, law enforcement, marketing, medicine, military, security, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and positions in a district office for an elected official (City Council, Congress, Governor, State Legislature). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) maintains a job portal for federal government employment and internship opportunities. Click the USAJOBS.gov logo below and click "Students And Recent Graduates."
These are positions with political/union campaigns that focus on the election of a candidate or the promotion of an issue (community activism, lobbying, propositions). Examples include, but are not limited to: campaign management, canvassing, fundraising, marketing, public speaking, and speech writing. Students have the ability to choose among various political and union campaigns to gain hands on experience. One option is Silentvoter.com PAC, an issue based, student run political action committee that operates under academic supervision. This curriculum based political action committee may qualify for CC/CSU Cooperative Education and/or CC/CSU/UC directed studies course credit.
Cooperative Education Credit
Cooperative Education allows a student to receive college credit for paid/unpaid positions relating to their field of major and/or any position of interest while continuing their education. Students may earn a maximum of 16-units from their CCC or CSU campus.
Click the link below to learn more about Cooperative Education.
WestCal Academy® makes no claims that a student will receive course credit from their professor, college, or school. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm course credit eligibility with their professor, college, or school.
 Eight (8) semester credits will transfer to the California State University (CSU). Credits are not transferable to the University of California (UC). All units are elective credits. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm Cooperative Education eligibility and course credit with their college or school.