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Work Experience Education Options

CNM's Work Experience Education opportunities offer practical experience in a real-world setting.

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To find ongoing Work Experience Opportunities visit Job Connection Services and search for internships.

Best Practices for Employers 

To ensure that a work experience course (internship) is educational and considered a legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the following criteria must apply. In addition, the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division has issued Fact Sheet #71 to serve as guidelines for Unpaid Internships.

If you are an employer seeking to host an intern, review some internship basics provided by the NM Department of Workforce Solutions.

Work Experience Education at CNM

Internship/Co-op Education
Externship/Job Shadow
Clinical
Practicum
Field Experience
Apprenticeship
Work-Study
Work Embedded Learning (WEL)

Integrated Service Learning
Service Learning

Internship / Co-op Education

A student-learning-focused, hands-on work experience course with an industry partner that is directly related to the student's discipline. This is a credit-bearing course that is performed at an industry location and meets pre-determined learning objectives with a focus on providing practical work experience, while developing professional skills such as communication, problem-solving, and/or team oriented work. Internships are generally unpaid while Co-ops are generally paid and although they vary in required credit hours they are generally completed within a semester. The application process may vary between schools. Contact your academic school for application information (Elective or required) Schools: BIT, AT, CHSS, HWPS, MSE 

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Externship/ Job Shadow

Externships and job-shadow experiences involve observation rather than hands-on experiences as part of a credit bearing course. Students are exposed to the realistic context and work flows typical of careers related to their academic discipline. The duration of an externship or job-shadow varies by course. Contact your specific academic school for more information on courses that include observations in workplace settings. (Elective) Schools: HWPS 

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Clinical

A work experience course that is generally required in healthcare or related areas of study. Students are placed in affiliated external agencies or clinical labs under direct supervision from faculty or CNM staff and a qualified clinical professional with a focus on gaining a broad clinical experience to practice skills learned in the college classroom.  Contact your specific academic school on the application process. (Required) HWPS  

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Practicum

A work experience course focused on student learning that incorporates previous or concurrent academic instruction. The practicum allows students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations within an occupational field. The application process may vary between schools. Contact your specific academic school for application information.
(Elective or Required) Schools: CHSS, HWPS

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Field Experience

A field experience gives students the opportunity to apply cumulative knowledge gained during the complete program of study in a workplace  setting. The application process may vary between schools. Contact your specific academic school for more information. 
(Elective or Required) Schools: CHSS, HWPS

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Apprenticeship

A teaching method that combines on-the-job training at a work site or union facility, with classroom instruction, traditionally in the building trades, but now available for IT professions as well. The experience is paid and is administered by a third party. At CNM, apprenticeships require an external application process. Contact your specific academic school for more information. (Elective) Schools: AT, CNM Ingenuity-New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program.  

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Work Study (Student employment)

Non-credit bearing college employment for students who are financial aid eligible and enrolled in at least six financial aid eligible credit hours at CNM. Students may work in departments at all CNM campuses. Although employment may not be related to the student’s field of study, the duties promote professional, career-ready skills through participation in a Job Connection Services workshop on workplace professionalism. Learn more about CNM work study opportunities. Schools: College-wide  

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Work Embedded Learning (WEL)

A WEL is one type of Work Experience Education course at CNM that differs from a traditional internship, Co-op Ed., Practicum, Clinical or Integrated Service Learning experience. A WEL component is integrated into credit-bearing courses that offers students the opportunity to create a project or perform a service or activity with real-world context in collaboration with an external partner.  The project or activity is relevant to actual workforce practices and mutually benefits both students and industry. The experience advances professional skills such as communications, critical thinking and collaboration.  Students are challenged to learn, apply and reflect upon the connections between classroom learning and the workplace. 

The Catalog Course Description reflects language that the course provides a Work Embedded Learning experience (WEL). Contact your specific academic school for more information. (Elective or Required) Schools: College-wide. 

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Integrated Service Learning (ISL)

A teaching method that combines a service learning experience with an existing CNM course. This faculty-driven work experience engages students in community service, critical and reflective thinking as well as personal and social responsibility. Types of ISL include: direct service, indirect service, research-based, or advocacy service learning. Students complete a minimum of 20 hours of service learning in approved settings and additional credit is earned for the ISL component. Contact your academic school for more information. (Elective or Required) Schools: College-wide  

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Service Learning

A teaching methodology that allows faculty to augment classroom instruction with a minimum 15 hours of student service in approved settings. CNM's Service Learning has four components: academic coursework; service to the community; civic engagement, and social responsibility. Additionally, a critical reflection component fosters the integration of course objectives with experiential learning. No separate credit is earned for the service learning component other than what is earned as part of the course. Contact your specific academic school for more information. (Elective) Schools: College-wide  

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