News & Events
Spring 2017 Workshop Dates
Check out the Career Center's Spring Workshop scheduled here.
Spring 2017 Internship Fair
View the List of Employers that will be Attending our Internship Fair
Are you Thinking of Starting or Expanding an Internship Program?
3 Reasons You Should Hire an Intern -- and 3 Reasons You Shouldn't
You want your organization to make great gains in 2017, but maybe you have limited resources and your budget is tight. Has the thought of hiring an intern ever crossed your mind?
These benefits of hiring interns might persuade you to start an internship program or expand your existing one:
- Your intern could be a great future employee. Some people call an internship the four-month job interview. An internship is a great way to see how much potential a student or soon to be graduate has in the field. As an intern, you’ll get to see their skills and work ethic firsthand—and you might choose to bring them on as permanent employee down the line. They also get a chance to see if they are fit in your business or organization. At the end of the internship you can move forward if it seems like a good fit. If not, you can shake hands and part amicably, knowing you have helped a student on his or her career path.
- You could get help with projects or tasks that you have tabled or are still in the idea phase. MiraCosta interns are required to complete an individual project during their time as an intern. It is a win-win because the intern adds a tangible accomplishment to their resume or a discussion point for future interviews. You win by having them complete meaningful work that will help your organization be more successful.
- Your company could benefit from reverse mentoring in areas like technology. College students today are tech savvy and have grown up with social media, computer programs, mobile devices and the like. They can help your organization beyond their subject knowledge – these technological advances are a part of everyday life for young professionals. This reverse mentoring can permeate the organization both functionally and culturally.
However, don’t hire an intern for any of these reasons:
- You need the “free labor.” An internship is an investment, you need to provide training for the student or young professional for them to learn something. An intern should not be a replacement for a paid employee; however, they should have real goals and leave the opportunity with additional skills for their career.
- You’re too busy. If you know you won’t be a good intern supervisor, or you don’t have a designated person to oversee the intern’s day-to-day activities, don’t do it. Unless your organization can dedicate the necessary time and mentorship, it won’t be a beneficial experience for either party.
- You don’t have clear goals in mind for the program. Just because you need additional help does not mean you should hire interns. Instead, you can consider hiring temporary employees or contractors to help with your workload. If you do want to bring on interns, consider what goals you’d like them to reach by the end of the internship period. MiraCosta’s program requires the supervisor, the student and his/her instructor to meet to set goals. This process can help with the structure, but you need to have the big picture in mind at the outset.
If you are still on the fence, please reach out to us and let us help you decide if an internship program is right for you. We are happy to answer questions and are eager to partner with business and organizations in the community. Contact the Career Center at 760-795-6772
Adapted from Heather R. Huhman’s article for Forbes, 5 Reasons You Should Hire an Intern and 3 Reasons You Shouldn't
New Online Portfolio Tool Launches
Portfolium is now available to all MiraCosta Students. Portfolium helps you create an organized, visual record of your academic and professional accomplishments. Think of Portfolium as your own professional website. Check your email for your special registration link or contact the Career Center at 760.795.6772 for help.
Business Leaders Survey Results Are In
MiraCosta College surveyed local business leaders in the spring of 2016. Among the findings, you'll discover that more than half of the responding local businesses employ fewer than 50 people and that almost a third have been MiraCosta College students. Results.
Career Advice from MiraCosta Faculty
Interested in what MiraCosta faculty have to say about how to succeed in the courses they teach and in related careers? Hear what advice they had to share at the Career and Major Fair.
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Congratulations to the 2016 Student Employee of the Year: Debbie White!
Debbie works as a Circulation Aide in the Library. She has been described as a natural leader who demonstrates a stellar work ethic, and always goes the extra mile to see other students succeed.
2016 Student Employee of the Year Nominees
Pictured from left: Julie Essman (Student Employment Specialist), Albert Daniel, Alejandro Arreguin Villegas, Abigail Bozzay, Bibi Hernandez, Debbie White, Dr. Sunita Cooke (Superintendent/President)
Accounting Event Draws Future Enrolled Agents
Students gathered to learn the steps required to become an enrolled agent. Enrolled agents are tax professionals licensed by the federal government. They are experts in tax planning and the preparation of tax returns, and can advocate on behalf of taxpayers before the IRS and state tax agencies. Attendees learned from a panel of four North County enrolled agents how they came into the profession and the necessary steps to sit for the required exam. Mike Deschamps, lead accounting instructor, organized and moderated the event.