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An Exploration of Employer Participation in Internships and Other Work-Based Learning Experiences

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Kawana Williams Johnson

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University
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Abstract

Research shows that employers play a key role in work-based learning (WBL) programs such as internships but are seldom involved in conversations around the topic (Greenfield & Stevens, 2018). While the benefits of work-based learning are well documented, employers are often unaware of the benefits they would receive from participating in an effort to strategically link education and workforce preparation (Greenfield & Stevens, 2018). This study qualitatively examined the experiences of employers that provide work-based learning opportunities, primarily internships, for postsecondary students. Findings illuminated the importance of developing and maintaining strong community partnerships and establishing recruitment pipelines. The results also indicated that lack of information impedes growth, virtual experiences are essential, and financial constraints impact participation.
How to Cite: Johnson, K.W., 2022. An Exploration of Employer Participation in Internships and Other Work-Based Learning Experiences. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 37(1), p.None.
Published on 31 May 2022.
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