Internships / Cooperative Education

radio womanEmployers want to hire people with both education and experience. Internships are a great way to learn about a particular field and gain real experience. They are also a great way to "try on" a career, and see if you want to pursue further education and training. Paid internships are rare, but don't let that stop you. Interns gain invaluable experience, professional connections, and the potential for great job offers at the end of the internship or in the future.

Internships may be expected as part of your certificate or degree plan at SFCC. They can also be part of elective credits for any SFCC student. Internship programs are also already in place at some businesses and organizations. If there is a particular place or field in which you want to work, you can even create your own internship in collaboration with the Career Services Specialist and your department faculty. If an internship offers wages, you must be eligible to work in the United States to be paid.

Here are some basic definitions of SFCC career experience programs:

  • Internships are individualized work experiences for regular class credit arranged in collaboration with faculty, who will determine and assess learning outcomes. Occasionally, wages or a small stipend are offered.
  • Cooperative Education is also called an internship, but the student is paid by the internship site.
  • Practicums and Field Work are internships or cooperative education arranged within departments as part of mandatory requirements in a specific certificate or degree program.
  • Service learning is volunteering in a non-profit organization, which can also earn some credit. Click on link in right margin to access page.
  • Summer internships or institutes can be exciting opportunities to take advantage of intense out-of-town or local opportunities for learning and career networking. You usually need to apply for them in the winter.
  • Paid or unpaid internships?  While some internships pay an hourly wage or stipend, many are unpaid or you actually pay for the experience if you are getting college credit.  The U.S. Department of Labor has specific laws to prevent employers from exploiting interns or using them to save money by replacing regular jobs.  Click here for more information.

Article: Internships Have Value, Whether or Not Students Are Paid

artInternship opportunities at SFCC will be listed among the postings of individual jobs on the web-based, job bulletin board. Click on Job Postings page link in the left margin. Department chairs may also have information about internship opportunities.




handshakeEmployers or potential internship providers can access a form to submit individual internship opportunities on the Employers page. Click on Employer Services in the left margin.

For employers who have multiple internship opportunities, please forward posters, web pages and other information to Career Services. Your internships may appear on this page, the individual postings page and/or in postings around campus.

The SFCC Library has an excellent reference book; Ferguson Career Resource Guide to Internships and Summer Jobs, edited by Carol Turkington (2006).

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SANTA FE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM: Summer Internships for college juniors, seniors and graduates who are orignally from Santa Fe, regardless of the location of their current college. Must be able to intern for 8-10 weeks, late May to August. Brought to you by the city of Santa Fe Economic Development Division. 

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The New Mexico Governor’s Internship Program is a full-time (paid) program frmo the end of May to August. The program is designed to provide college students with an overview of New Mexico State Government by working closely with state agencies. During the course of this program, students will garner valuable experience working within their fields of study and enhance their appreciation for public service.

QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of 24 college credit hours or recent college graduates who have completed their studies within six months of application

REQUIREMENTS: Current Resume , Demonstrate a 3.0 grade point average (transcripts must reflect the 3.0 grade point average), One letter of recommendation, Background Check (Please complete the attached Background Check and Authorization for Examination and Release of Information and submit in the Upload Documents section.)

Go to website for list of openings, application forms and more information.


Georgia O'Keeffe Museum:

There are a variety of internship opportunities, both paid and unpaid.  Internship projects and requirements will vary within the different departments of the Museum. A formal internship agreement will be provided by the Museum. Paperwork made available by the college or university for student academic credit will be reviewed and adhered to as possible.

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Working in a Congressional Office can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. An internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience, and observe first-hand how our government operates. Interns gain practical work experience where they receive mentoring and have a chance to cultivate a career in public service.

Internships are available expressly for the purpose of furthering educational objectives, therefore they are unpaid and usually awarded to graduate and college-level students. High school applicants are also considered.

Interns are accepted throughout the year on both a full and part-time basis. Priority is given to applicants from New Mexico although all interested persons are encouraged to apply.

Accepting Applications on a Rolling Basiss

Senator Heinrich's New Mexico and Washington, D.C. offices accept intern applications on a rolling basis. To apply for an internship, please submit a completed online application at any time. For more information, go to Senator Heinrich's Internship Web Page.


Senate internships provide a unique and unparalleled perspective of the inner workings of the "world's greatest deliberative body." Interns also play an integral role in my offices' operations and my internship program is designed primarily for educational benefit. There are opportunities for internship placements for undergraduate students at my offices in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales, Santa Fe and Washington, DC.

All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit per requirements outlined by a student's college/university. Students from New Mexico or those attending school in the state are given preference, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. For more information, please e-mail:

INTERN IN NEW MEXICO my offices in Portales, Las Cruces, Carlsbad and Santa Fe are offering internships. Go to my website to fill out an application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. My Albuquerque office is currently accepting applications.



Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03) is seeking un-paid full-time and part-time interns for his New Mexico District and Washington, D.C. offices. Candidates should be motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented individuals with availability beginning immediately. Congressman Lujan’s District offices are located in: Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Las Vegas, Gallup, Tucumcari, and Farmington. Intern responsibilities include answering constituent phone calls, sorting mail and faxes, writing letters, and assisting staff with projects in diverse issue areas.  Please call his office to request an application. E-mail, mail or fax completed applications along with a resume, cover letter and a 1-2 page writing sample.

MINIMUM SKILL REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be outgoing and possess strong oral and written communication skills, an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and a good sense of humor.

Santa Fe Office: 1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 984-8950
Fax: (505) 986-5047

Washington, DC Office: 2446 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Ph: (202) 225-6190
Fax: (202) 226-1528

Click here for Congressman Ben Lujan's internship web page.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Click here for interactive, informational flyer.





FEDERAL LAW ENFORMCEMENT TRAINING CENTER COLLEGE INTERN PROGRAM: Mission and Locations: The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, is the nation’s lead organization for interagency training of Federal law enforcement personnel. Our FLETC mission is to train those who protect our homeland. Basic and advanced law enforcement training is provided at the FLETC for the personnel of over 90 partner organizations. The FLETC is headquartered at Glynco, Georgia, near the port city of Brunswick. The FLETC is one hour south of Savannah, Georgia and one hour north of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to the Glynco training site, the FLETC operates training sites in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland.

Program Description: The FLETC College Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for interns to participate in the Federal law enforcement training environment. Three sessions of the College Intern Program are conducted annually. Sessions are twelve (12) weeks in length. Each intern is assigned a mentor in one of the FLETC training divisions or a mentor from one of the on-site Partner Organizations. The program is designed so that, overall, half of the session is spent attending various components of Federal law enforcement basic and advanced training programs, and the remaining half of the session is spent working on meaningful law enforcement training-related research and writing projects under the guidance of the intern’s mentor.

College Majors and Graduate Degree Programs: Students majoring or obtaining advanced degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Forensic Sciences, Psychology, or Computer Forensics, as well as students pursuing Juris Doctorate degrees are the norm, although students with other majors or focuses have been selected in the past. Of critical importance is the applicant’s desire to pursue a career in Federal law enforcement.

Go to for specific Intern Program information, Intern applications and information regarding procedures and forms.


Network with the World: Student Internships and Fellowships

Experience the thrill and rewards of the student internships and fellowships at the U.S. Department of State. Whether you’re looking for internship programs for high school students or internships for college students, there's no limit as to how far it can take you. Here, you'll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with the global community, gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and most of all, acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world. Are you up for the challenge?

The U.S. Department of State offers internships for students of all levels, including high school, undergraduate and graduate.  Click here for more information about the U.S. Department of State.

The Shakespeare Theatre - In the Nation's Capital
Annual application deadline April 1st. Live in Washington, D.C. in a company-provided, fully furnished apartment on historic Capitol Hill. Earn weekly stipend of $150. Gain invaluable experience working in a major LORT B+ Equity, state-of-the-art theater. Learn from nationally and internationally renowned theater artists and professionals. Internships in: Costumes, Development, Education, Electrics, General Management, Graphic Design, Marketing/Communications, Product Management, Sound, Stage Management, Stage Properties, Technical Direction. Fellowships in: Acting, Artistic, Directing. Click here for more information.

SmithsonianBecome a Smithsonian Intern!
The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. Smithsonian interns have opportunities to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, and learn from people who are experts in their fields. Click here for more information.

Teach For America aims to end educational inequity—the reality that in our country where a child is born determines his or her educational outcomes and, in turn, life prospects. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. Our vision is that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Teach For America corps members are a diverse group of our nation’s most promising college graduates and professionals who possess the leadership skills and experience needed to change the academic and life prospects of students growing up today and, ultimately, to effect the fundamental change in our society that will make it a place of opportunity for all.

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USDA CAREER INTERN PROGRAM: Department of Agrigulture internship to prepare exceptional men and women who have diverse professional experiences, academic training, and competencies for careers in public service. Interns will participate in a 2 year, full time, year-round program that is designed to fine tune their skills and abilities for one of two career areas, Science or Administrative Professional in the Food Safety and Inspection Program. Eligibility: U.S. citizenship, Demonstrated leadership potential and community service, Bachelor's or Graduate Degree (if applying based on education only), diverse professional experiences, training and competencies. Click here for more information.

HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities):

The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) partners with federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country, including Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, and Seattle, to help students gain work experience in their field of study. Student can work with over 30 organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Library of Congress, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin.

Benefits include: $450-$550/week minimum, healthcare benefits, travel funds, housing arrangements, no fee to apply or participate. Students can additionally chose to receive college credit for their internship experience.

All majors are encouraged to apply. Business, communications, and political science majors find great opportunities in our program, however there is a particular need for more applicants from STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math), library and information studies, agricultural and environmental studies, economics, and all health-related fields.

For information, call 202-467-0893 or go to

AmeriCorpsAMERICORPS AND VISTA VOLUNTEERS: This year AmeriCorps will provide more than 590 individuals the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, public safety and other pressing needs in communities across New Mexico. Roughly three-quarters of all AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Governor-appointed New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism, which in turn awards grants to nonprofit groups to respond to local needs. Most of the remainder of the grant funding is distributed by the Corporation directly to multi-state and national organizations through a competitive grants process. Other individuals will serve through AmeriCorps*VISTA, whose members help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by serving full-time to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and increase housing opportunities, and AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a 10-month, full time residential program for men and women between the ages of 18 and 24. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award of up to $4,725 that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. Since 1994, more than 3,400 New Mexico residents have qualified for AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $9,800,000. For more information about AmeriCorps and VISTA in New Mexico, click here or go to

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Work for a Fortune 500 Company and learn all aspects of running your own business as a paid intern. For year-round internship opportunities, please contact Yvonne Enriquez, Recruiting Manager, 505-830-8948. (

The Federal Careers Pathways Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Click here for an Internship Program Fact Sheet.  Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at


PPSCall to Serve is a joint initiative between The Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). They operate an informational website about federal internships and how to get federal employment at

SCAThe Student Conservation Association: Thousands have joined SCA to launch a conservation career, advance their studies, or gain hands-on experience. But all had one thing in common: a genuine desire to conserve our natural world. Your skills, your knowledge, and your commitment can make a difference and SCA offers you virtually limitless opportunities to live the values you so strongly believe in. SCA also offers specific financial and academic benefits to its interns. For more information, go to

APTAmerican Public Television: For 44 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television stations. APT distributes more than 10,000 hours of programming including JFK: Breaking the News, Simply Ming, Globe Trekker, Rick Steves’ Europe, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Battlefield Britain, Jungle, America’s Test Kitchen, Lidia’s Family Table and classic movies. APT is known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques for producers. In four decades, it has established a tradition of providing public television stations nationwide with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. For more information about APT’s programs and services visit


Disney Theme Parks and Resorts College Intern Program. Many opportunties for internships year-round. For more informatino go to

For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, GCDF, Senior Career Services Coordinator, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657),

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