Work-Based Learning Guides Directory

Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker Activity Guide

Students listen to a presentation to learn about the speaker’s career, business or organization and industry, and ask questions to help them consider whether they might like to pursue a career in the industry.

Career Days

Career Day Activity Guide

A Career Day is a highly-structured Career Awareness activity in which business partners from a variety of companies come together at a school to share information about their company, their job, and the education and skills that are required for success in their career.

Career Mentoring

Career Mentoring Activity Guide

A student is matched 1:1 or in small groups with an adult professional to explore potential careers and related educational issues by sharing insights and providing guidance about the workplace, careers and postsecondary education/training.

Workplace Tours

Wrkplace Tour Activity Guide

A Workplace Tour is a highly-structured Career Awareness activity in which students visit a workplace, learn about the business, meet employees, ask questions and observe work in progress.

Informational Interviews

Informational Interview Activity Guide

Students formally interview an employer partner about his or her industry, educational and career path, and chosen profession. Students may also explore the range of career opportunities within the company or industry, opportunities for growth and the salary ranges for different occupations.

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing Activity Guide

A student is paired with and observes the workday of a business partner, interacts with his or her clients or customers and attends meetings and other appointments with the person they are shadowing.

Mock Interviews

Mock Interview Activity Guide

A Mock Interview is a highly-structured Career Awareness activity in which students are paired one-on-one with a business partner who interviews each student as if he/she were being interviewed by an employer for a paid internship or job. Mock Interviews can be held at the school but are more valuable if held at a workplace.

Workplace Challenges

Workplace ChallengeActivity Guide

Small groups of students (4-6 per team) are engaged in solving a real-world problem or a challenge issued by an employer. The structure of the challenge is based upon effective project-based learning approaches and enhanced by a focus on the targeted career pathway.


Internship Activity Guide

An Internship is a highly structured, time-limited, Career Preparation activity in which students are placed at a worksite to participate in and observe work first hand. Internships provide students the opportunity to learn by doing real work and being productively engaged in the workplace.

Work Experience

Work Exerpience Activity Guide

A student is at a worksite doing real work for pay. The student is held to the same expectations as all employees and is evaluated by the worksite supervisor based on workplace expectations and performance.