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Work-Based Learning

All students should have the opportunity to benefit from quality work-based learning experiences, including internships and apprenticeships.


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Learning by working is a vital ingredient to success after completing a degree or other credential. Work-based learning experiences help students make the connection between their education and their career aspirations.

We envision a future in which all career-seeking students can access quality work-based learning experiences, such as paid internships and apprenticeships.

The Power of Work-Based Learning

While there is value in all types of work-based learning, paid internships are particularly effective. A 2022 Strada report showed undergraduates who completed a paid internship worked in higher-paying jobs a year after graduation. A 2023 Strada report found there continues to be gaps in access to internships, and that internships boost a student’s confidence in communicating their knowledge and skills to employers.

Providing Apprenticeships as a Path to Prosperity

Registered apprenticeships enhance equity by paying learners a living wage from the first day of training, rather than charging tuition. They are proven paths to skilled careers in most of the world’s major economies but are too rare in the U.S. Strada supports Apprenticeships for America to build a robust, sustainable apprenticeship system across the country.

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Support for Innovation in Work-Based Learning

Strada is committed to supporting proven work-based learning models as well as innovations that are responsive to changing workforce needs and students’ interests. Our grantees include a the Work-Based-Learning Consortium, a partnership between independent colleges and an online experiential learning platform; Work+, a network of universities redesigning student employment, and the Kansas Micro-Internship Program, which connects businesses and nonprofits with motivated students ready to gain experience.

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