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Greg Differding

Phone: (619) 660-4039


Computer & Information Science

Internship Program

Work experience is crucial for anyone who wants to jump start a career in a technical field. Our Work Experience program lets you earn college credit while you gain practical experience.


Contact Greg Differding (CIS Work Experience Coordinator) or Tim Buckles (Graphic Design Work Experience Coordinator) prior to the semester you wish to do your internship to discuss your qualifications, potential opportunities, and other program requirements.

Then enroll in CIS 267 for 1,2, 3, or 4 units.  You'll be expected to work 60 hours per unit over the semester (roughly 4 hours per week per unit). In addition to enrolling in CIS 267, you also need to be enrolled in a minimum of 3 additional units (other than CIS 267) and be actively pursuing a degree or certificate program in the CIS Department.


If you are interested in gaining that all important experience required for a great resume, now is the time to start planning for an internship.  Contact Greg Differding well in advance of the semester you desire an internship so that an appropriate company/position can be found. 

You will need to provide a draft resume and/or a web design portfolio prior to  your first meeting with the CIS Work Experience Coordinator.


Why take a Work Experience / Internship course?

Read the PDF article from CompTIA regarding internships. In the beginning of the article it states:

"IT careers are "hands-on," and gaining real-world experience gives you an advantage over other entry-level IT professionals. One of the best ways to gain experience is through an internship.

Draw your own conclusions.

For Students

This course provides work experience for students seeking experience in computer science or information systems.  Students must:

  • Have completed 15 units toward a Cuyamaca College CIS Department degree or certificate program.
  • Work 5 hours per week per unit taken in a paid internship or 4 hours per week per unit taken in an unpaid internship for each hour of credit.
  • Create a training plan which will include their occupational goals and objectives for the directed work experience/internship.
  • Prepare a resume related to the field in which they desire a work experience internship.
  • Prepare a list of all classes taken at Cuyamaca College and other campuses.
  • Contact the instructor prior to the start of classes.  Preferably during the semester prior to your desired internship.
  • For more information contact the instructor.

During the semester students will be evaluated by their work supervisor and the instructor.  Two meetings will be held during the semester to evaluate the student's progress in attaining their training goals. 

For Employers

Students are seeking meaningful work on real projects. They are granted college credit for completing the requisite number of hours per unit satisfactorily.  What do you need to do to participate in the program?

  • Contact the instructor with your intern requirements (what skills are you looking for) prior to the beginning of the semester.  Semester begin in mid-January and mid-August. 
  • Provide meaningful work on real projects.
  • Sign a "no harm" contract with the college stating that you will provide the student with meaningful work on projects that will meet their training goals and that the college will cover the student for insurance purposes.
  • Evaluate the student at the end of the semester.
  • Whether or not you pay the student is up to you.  Most do.  Some don't.
  • Just because the semester ends doesn't mean the student has to stop working for you.  It just means that the student is no longer covered by the college for insurance purposes.  Many companies have kept the student as an intern well beyond the end of the semester.
  • If you have problems with the student please contact the instructor.


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  July 22, 2010
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