Employers – Find Your Future Workforce

The goal of the CCC Maker Initiative is to place 800 students in internships between July 2017 and May 2019. CCC Maker colleges have committed to arranging 50 internships. Wages for up to 20 hours will be funded by the CCC Maker Initiative through California Community College Chancellors Office Workforce and Economic Development InnovationMaker3 grant. We hope that employers will provide an additional 20 hours match.

Employers can find the CCC Maker college near them using this CCC Maker college map. You can contact your local college directly.

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Makermatic Team Internship

CCC Maker is piloting a new internship model at several CCC Maker colleges. This is a cohort model based in the college makerspace with one business partner. The employer will pose a question in the form of a business challenge. College students will go through several sessions learning about the business leader’s challenge, exploring the problems faced, brainstorming changes that might resolve barriers and presenting solutions to the employer. The mentoring from the business leader is invaluable to giving the students an authentic experience.

The intent of Makermatic is for students to gain hands-on experience practicing career skills, explained Paul DeVoe, strategic consultant on the CCC Maker leadership team. “Interns will practice problem identification, ideation, teamwork and communication skills,” said DeVoe. “These skills will be used by students, regardless of their career aspirations or whether they work as an employee or entrepreneur.” Learn more by watching these videos of the pilots at Sacramento City College.

CCC Maker Colleges – Information and Options for Offering Internships

Internship Options

The CCC Maker initiative is assisting colleges in developing the makerspace ecosystem including paid internships for participating students. The work based learning opportunity is meant to provide an experience to practice new skills and for the students to understand the new world or work. Once the students obtain an experience at the college’s makerspace, preparation of a portfolio and application to an employer opportunity is assisted by college staff. Below are examples of internship options and the onboarding process to the paid internships facilitated through the Foundation of California Community Colleges. A full FAQ page was set up to answer the intricate process of setting up the internship program at the colleges and should be referenced for the steps necessary to establish this as part of the college’s makerspace. (

Option 1:

Student develops an internship application based on curriculum, activities or project completed within the scope of the college’s CCC Maker project. An employer selects the student based on employer required criteria for a 20 hour minimum, scheduled internship experience at the employer’s site. The employer evaluates the student and provides feedback to the student and college.

Option 2:

Employer develops a real world problem and presents to a team of (3-4) students selected by the instructor to assist in the development of a team solution. Under guidance from the instructor and makerspace personnel, the employer commits to spend a minimum of 20 hours outside student class time, utilizing the makerspace and working directly with the student team in the development and evaluation of the design solution. The employer evaluates and offers feedback on the team process, collaboration and product.

Option 3:

Student with a developed makerspace project joins an entrepreneurial training program by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) or other economic development partner. A sponsor from the entrepreneurial training program validates the development of a lean launch business plan. A clearly defined deliverable essential to the launch of the business venture is submitted as the end product. A minimum of 20 hours work is validated by the sponsor of the program, who also offers feedback on the student’s progress and product.

Option 4:

Student completes a credit or paid internship through college’s or employer’s internship program after which the student commits to develop presentations, workshops or other material to assist within the makerspace ecosystem. An evaluation of the student by the employer would be already completed. The student would complete the 20 hours to help disseminate the experience of the internship completed while the CCC Maker project director would monitor the hours and the college would be the place of employment. This would be an option along with Option 2 if there’s difficulty in obtaining a Worksite Agreement from employers.

Option 5:

While the student is participating in a credit or paid internship through college’s or employer’s internship program, the student spends 20 hours learning new skills or completing a project within the makerspace to help their internship. An evaluation of the student by the employer would be completed at the conclusion of the internship while the CCC Maker project director would monitor the hours during time in the makerspace and the college would be the place of employment.


Career Catalyst Program

Once the college signs the Career Catalyst Agreement, the steps below outline the information necessary to create the internship opportunity, the student and employer onboarding and evaluation. Please contact the CCC Maker TAP team if you have questions regarding the processes described below or reference the FAQ page.


Please email the individuals below at the FCCC to obtain your credentials to use the onboarding (PayCom) program for your paid internships.

Please review the New Hire Steps

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