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Work-Based Experiences

Work-Based Experiences

Work-based experiences (WBEs), also referred to as work-based learning, are currently one of the most influential ideas in public higher education and workforce development policy around the world, and internships are often promoted as being a win-win-win situation:

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Students

Students can get real-world job experience and establish professional networks

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Educators

Educators get their students opportunities to translate theory into practice

Work-based Experience
Phoenix College's WBE Vision

Our vision is that all students will have access to, and participate in at least one Work-based Experience (WBE) while attending PC.

 At PC we have defined the 10 Types of WBEs students can engage in depending on their program of study and where they are in their academic career (*indicates typical parameters):

Download the PDF infographic of the 10 Types of WBEs and parameters

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Apprenticeship

A career pathway where individuals can earn pay while learning a specific trade, skill, competency or profession with the assistance of knowledgeable practitioners.
*450 - 2000 hours, can be Registered or Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

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Clinical Experience

Hands on experience in a clinical setting with direct patient care rather than theoretical or lab studies.
*10 - 60 hours, embedded or assigned as part of a course or program with faculty supervision

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Co-Op 

Provides academic credit for structured, full-time job experience while maintaining full-time student status.
*Full-time work during a 6 month period

Externship

Externship

A short-term experience with a working professional to observe and get a preview of the day-to-day activities.
*40 - 120 hours, can be completed over a series of weeks

Field Experience

Field Experience

Combines course content with "real world" application through observations, interactions, and hands-on activities.
*20 - 40 hours, depending on the program/course

Internships

Internship

Integrates “knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting”, as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
*80 hours/credit-hour within 16-week semester (credit bearing) or 10 - 40 hours/week, during semester or summer (paid/unpaid)

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing

An opportunity where one can learn about a particular occupation or profession to see if it might be suitable for them by seeking advice from a working professional.
*4 - 8 hours per experience, can include career interviews

Preceptorship

Preceptorship

Practical training under the supervision of an expert or specialist embedded within the course/program and require faculty approval.
*10 - 100 hours over a 16-week semester

Research

Research

Project based learning, where students work closely with faculty (collaborators) to find facts in an organized way or to make a new contribution to generalizable knowledge.
*6 - 8 weeks over summer, or within a 16-week semester/course

Service Learning

Service Learning

Involves students in a wide range of experiences, which benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum; includes reflection.
*4 - 100 hours dependent on if a one-time event, in-class module, or Independent Study for credit

We have partnered with PipelineAZ to connect students and industry members!

Visit PipelineAZ to search for Work-based Learning Experiences or to post opportunities for students.
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