Career Services

STEM internships
STEM Internships

West Valley College is developing internships for qualifying students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math starting at $25/hour. This is a state-funded Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) opportunity.


  • First generation
  • Low income
  • Current/former foster youth
  • Undocumented
  • AB 540/Dream Act eligible
  • Homeless or at risk
  • Students with disabilities
  • Dislocated workers
  • Formerly incarcerated
  • Students with dependent children
  • Veterans

Handshake logo

WVMCCD Handshake is a database where students can access local job opportunities, connect with employers, alumni, and peers, and receive help from Career Services. Employers can post part-time and full-time positions and internships, connect with students, and list events. Handshake is free for employers, current West Valley College and Mission College students, and recent alumni.

Please contact Fatima Kamil with questions about Handshake at careerservicesFREEWEST_VALLEY

Services Offered

West Valley College Career Services serves as a hub to connect students to career tools and opportunities, resources, and courses. Career Services provides support to assist all students toward their next job, internship, and/or career.

Services Offered:

  • Career Development Workshops
  • Career Exploration through Career Coach 
  • Resume builder and assistance through Career Coach
  • Job and internship database through Handshake
  • Handouts, guides, and tips (coming soon)

Need Help Figuring Out A Career Path?

Students can discover majors and careers that match with their interests and explore relevant regional career information through Career Coach. Students can also take a career assessment, build their resume in 5 easy steps, and search for local jobs through Career Coach.

Career Resources at West Valley College

Event Date Time Location
Career Workshop Wednesday, October 5 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CIL 131 and via Zoom
Resume Workshop Monday, October 17 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Join Zoom
Interview Tips Workshop Tuesday, October 18 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Join Zoom
Mock Interviews Tuesday, October 18 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Join Zoom
Virtual Office Hours Wednesday, October 19 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Join Zoom
In-Person Office Hours Wednesday, October 19 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Career and Transfer Center
LinkedIn Workshop Thursday, October 20 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Join Zoom

Explore Career Programs at West Valley College.

Career and Lifestyles is a counseling course for students who desire more in-depth career direction. This course focuses on specialized concerns relating to job search and the world of work.

These free short-term noncredit courses provide relevant career and job skills including “essential communication for the workplace,” “digital citizenship for the workplace,” and “leadership skills for the workplace.”

The Entrepreneurship Center is a hub for students and community members to obtain tools, guidance, and insight to help them toward their goal of becoming a business leader. They provide workshops, mentorships, internships, and forums related to entrepreneurship and have a student club.

Watch Shantik’s video where he gives 5 tips for a successful and balanced community college experience.

Alumni Stories

Hear Shanta and other Alumni stories of how they made it at West Valley College.

Stay Connected

Fall Hours

Student Services Center, Room 201
Day Hours
Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Contact Us

Phone: (408) 741-2040

Email: careerservicesFREEWEST_VALLEY

Fatima Kamil
Career and Transfer Advisor

Stacy Nojima
Director of Student Equity Experience

Last Updated 9/26/22