Student / Internship Resources
Welcome to Santa Clarita Valley Internships, powered by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). If you’re looking for an internship in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), this is the place to be!
Why work in Santa Clarita? The City is focused on expanding its business community while maintaining its quality of life. The SCV is home to Five major industry clusters:
- Aerospace and Defense
- Medical Devices
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Digital Media and Entertainment
- Information Technology
Companies continue to choose to relocate to or expand in Santa Clarita, thanks to the combination of an educated workforce with great educational facilities including the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts – think Disney!), College of the Canyons, and The Masters University, supported by ongoing improvements in key infrastructure, a business friendly environment (The City of Santa Clarita has won the Eddy Award for the Most Business Friendly City in LA County twice now!), and a steady track record of ongoing economic growth.
Want to get started? Here’s a checklist to get you on your way:
- Make sure your resume represents you and showcases your abilities… and proofread!
- Be prepared for your interview – and get started before you even have it scheduled
- Thank yous and follow-up
- Manners matter – be sure to say thank you within 24 to 48 hours to everyone you interviewed with (and be sure you spell everyone’s names correctly!). Email is considered acceptable, but paper makes a statement.
- Is following up freaking you out? Here are some great resources on how to follow-up professionally and appropriately:
- Your first day
- Before your first day
- Make sure you know how to get there – and how long it will take. Google the route at various departure times on relevant days (weekday/weekend) and add a buffer. What’s the parking situation? Do you have parking money if needed? Do you know where you’re supposed to check in? and how to get there?
- Decide what you’re going to wear. Make sure it’s appropriate for your job, and be professional. Check that everything is in good repair, clean, and your shoes are shined.
- What are you going to take with you? Is your briefcase/backpack/purse/etc. neat and polished? Clean it out before your first day – clutter is not confidence inspiring.
- Do your homework on the company and your position – check your network for advice and don’t be afraid to reach out to your new boss and ask if there’s any reading they’d recommend, or preparation they’d like you to complete.
- Have your new hire support prepped – bring a copy of your resume, your drivers’ license and social security card or passport.
- How to Get Ready for your First Day in a New Job
- On your first day
- Listen, take notes, and ask questions
- And here are some more suggestions for making your first day great:
- You had a great first day – good job! Now be sure to follow through. You don’t want to come across as needy or insecure, but checking in on your progress and how you’re succeeding or could improve is a key component to nailing a job and continuing to grow. Take advantage of opportunities as they arise – if you complete a project, ask how it could be improved. Continue to ask questions and learn. The resources available online are amazing and can help you shine. And when in doubt, scheduling a check-in with your manager at 30 day intervals after you start can ensure that you’re on track to success. Ask where you could improve and how you’re succeeding, and if there’s an area they’d like to see you develop in.