A CTE Internship allows for additional development of career and technical competencies within a general career field. Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks. This activity is exploratory and allows the student to get hands-on experience in a number of related activities. The teacher, student, and the business community jointly plan the organization, implementation, and evaluation of an internship, regardless of whether it is an unpaid or paid internship. 

Participants are required to do the following:


Be at least 16 years old

Junior or Senior

Be in good academic standing

Have good attendance profile

Fewer than 5 days absent the previous semester

Have a good discipline profile

No out of school suspensions the previous semester or school year

Have reliable transportation

Transportation to and from work site

Student Responsibilities -


Identify possible placement site

Be able to tell the Career Development Coordinator where possible work site is located (Work site must be a valid learning opportunity in relation to student career goals)

Complete Work-Based Learning Application

All applications should be completed and returned to the Career Development Coordinator

Complete activities within work-based learning experience

Written and verbal requirements: time sheets, Canvas assignments, final presentations, etc.

Represent school well

Be responsible, dress appropriately, and maintain excellent work habits at the site

Communicate with Career Development Coordinator regularly

Turn in required materials and inform Career Development Coordinator of any issues that may arise. Also, attend scheduled meetings with the Career Development Coordinator


Site Mentor Responsibilities -


Assist with development of Skills Development Plan

Assist the student in accomplishing his/her goals by developing a Skills Development Plan (an outline of tasks & responsibilities)

Evaluate student learner

Evaluate the student’s performance each grading period. Evaluation counts as 50% of the WBL grade

Communicate with school

Communicate with Career Development Coordinator whenever needed

Provide a safe and effective learning environment

Ensure that the student works in a safe environment and provide him/her with variety of learning experiences that will offer a broad view of the site’s entire operation.

Establish schedule for student learner

Ensure that student learner has opportunity to earn 135 contact hours


Parent and School Responsibilities -


Communicate on a regular basis

The school and the parent should remain in regular contact to ensure proper supervision of student

Insurance and transportation

It is the responsibility of the parent to provide personal or school health insurance and reliable transportation for the student

Supervise work-based learner

It is the responsibility of the Career Development Coordinator to follow-up with the site supervisor to ensure proper placement and safety of the student. The CDC or course instructor will review the time sheets and be responsible for the assignment of a grade.