Work-Based Learning Overview
Work-based learning (WBL) is a progressive, multi-year sequence of instructional activities, within a real-world, work-related context, that allows students to build a bridge from adolescence to adulthood. The WBL program is a central function of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) mission whereby students are able to apply their classroom knowledge and skills to a structured professional environment- narrowing the gap between learning, future employment, and their post-secondary education. More information is provided on the WBL Office website.
The efficacy and functionality of the program are measured by the achievement of the following goals:
- the ability to support students as they identify and cultivate their strengths and areas for growth;
- the establishment of relationships with senior professionals, mentors, sponsors, and peers that provide a bridge into working communities or other institutional settings;
- the students’ ability to develop and/or refine their intended professional trajectory;
- the students’ ability to develop and present their accomplishments to their professional advantage (i.e. resumes, personal statements, portfolios, etc.)
The Justice Resource Center (JRC) Internship Program and WBL
The JRC coordinates law-related internships with the WBL Office for CTE-participating public school students in the Fall, Spring and Summer. The JRCWBLSequence details the activities that our students participate in as a precursor to their capstone internship participation. Our students are matched with industry partners who serve as hosts for their internships. In addition to the goals set forth for all WBL programs, the JRC strives to provide our students with an experience that will broaden their knowledge of the career options within the legal profession and equip them with a solid skill-set to assume entry-level roles after high school while pursuing their post-secondary education.
Summer, Fall and Spring Internships
For schools to apply for Supplemental Internship Funding (SIF), please complete the SIF application from the WBLRC and updated the required documents below for your school’s program.