Frequently Asked Questions
What's the Difference between job shadow, student internship, apprenticeship, and work-based learning (WBL)?
Job Shadow: Student observes a worker or professional perform their job to gain knowledge and understanding, which can help students decide if a career choice is a good fit for them. Usually last from 3-6 hours.
Student Internship: Short-term work experience offered by organizations to help students learn about the field, make industry connections, and develop both hard and soft skills. Duration of internships vary, but can be from 2 weeks to 12 months. (The Malheur Works program is 9 weeks).
Apprenticeship: An employer-driven, “learn-while-you-earn” model that combines on-the-job training, provided by the employer that hires the apprentice, with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of national skills standards. Apprenticeships last from 1 - 6 years.
Work-Based Learning (WBL): An applied learning strategy to support students to be college and career ready. WBL options include, but are not limited to, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, clinical practicums, cooperative work experiences, employment, internships, and on-the-job training.
When would we host an intern?
Internships can be flexible, lasting anywhere from 7 to 9 weeks.
How many hours will the intern work each week?
Do I need to provide a paid internship?
Ideally, the host site organization pays the interns. However, if your organization is not set-up to pay for an intern, don't be discouraged to participate, there might be other service and/or funding options available.