Work Based Learning & Internships

photo of a student learning from a machinist at an internship

Work-Based Learning is an internship program where students can spend school hours interning locally to gain real-world experience in a field, they are interested in.

The internship is a “capstone” program for students to experience “real-world” experiences through a mentored internship. Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work-Based Learning creates meaning for students.

Through Work-Based Learning, students have the opportunity to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. WBL provides the following:

  • Active participation of educators, employees, labor, students, parents, and appropriate agency and community representatives.
  • Development of learning and workplace competencies.
  • Motivation to stay in school.
  • Improvement of student grades.
  • Improvement in student employability.
  • Increased awareness of nontraditional career opportunities.
  • Help for students in identifying Career Pathways.

 

Internships provide valuable experience in a career field that students are interested in while earning high school credit. This is ideal when trying to decide if a career is right for the student. 

Here are the steps to getting an Internship:

1. Fill out the online application by clicking here

2. Talk to your counselor and schedule two consecutive class periods for your internship

3. Clear any citizenship U's

4. Maintain a good GPA

5. Have reliable transportation/valid drivers license

For more information on Internships or Work-Based Learning contact Jan Wray jwray@dsdmail.net 801-628-7102