WBL = Work-Based Learning
A WBL internship is an option for a high school student who has completed extensive school-based preparation related to an identified area of career and academic interest in their Individual Learning Plan (ILP). Internships are usually one-time experiences that lead to course credit and/or pay.
The internship may be a component of the student's schedule during the regular school day, after school hours, or during the summer.
It is short term or long term, as defined by the work-based learning agreement.
It combines classroom instruction and field experiences.
Examples include but are not limited to:
- Semester course covering workplace issues in a student's field of interest, in conjunction with work-based learning experience
- Seminar one day per week throughout the course of the work-based learning experience
Work-Based Learning Plan & Agreement
Certificate of Insurance (available from the teacher/program liaison)
* Gain career development and the opportunity to test career choices
* Receive work experience related to career interests
* Integrate classroom studies with work experience
* Receive exposure to facilities and equipment unavailable in a classroom setting
* Increase employability potential after graduation
* Develop written and oral communication skills
Tools and Materials
Internship organizers and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.
Coordinator Internship Checklist
Tip and Fact Sheets
Employer Internship Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Pre-Internship Site Visit Form
Google Log of Internship Visit
Internship Mid-Term Worksite Visit Form
WBL Training Plan and Evaluation Tool
Internship Student Research Activity
Student Orientation to the Workplace
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for teacher, coordinator, or host)
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for student)