Mentoring and Internships
One-on-one mentoring provides you with access to a business or community leader who is able to meet on a regular basis to discuss career opportunities, provide access to a professional network, and give advice about life, work, and faith. Having a mentor is a great way to live, learn, and grow in a myriad of ways and tap into experience and expertise that can help you with many of your future decisions and choices. Mentors willingly make themselves available to students in an open, candid, and caring way.
Internships provide a way for you to gain access to a workplace experience and explore many facets of work in a low-stress engagement. Typically, interns go to their internship once or twice a week to shadow someone or work on small projects for a business, nonprofit, or ministry. Internships may be paid, but most often, they are voluntary and considered educational in nature. While work products and outcomes may benefit the employer, the primary benefit is your professional development.
Your academic work at Oak Valley College always comes first. Therefore, to participate in mentoring or an internship, you must meet the following criteria:
- Maintain a 2.5+ GPA in your coursework
- Complete a mentoring or internship placement form
- Submit an up to date resume and cover letter describing yourself and your objectives
- Internship - identify a regular schedule of availability that does not conflict with your work or academic schedule, typically, during regular work hours/days (e.g. Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm)
- Mentoring - commit to provide monthly updates to your mentor via email to share your current successes, challenges, and aspirations
A mentor will be assigned to you as soon as you are ready to be mentored. Internships are competitive in nature. Similar to getting a job. An internship is a selective process where you will apply for the internship and may be selected based on your availability and fit within the organization.