A work-and-learn experience is an opportunity to test-run a career, learn new skills, and make connections to professionals in the field. It includes project work in a real-world context to further your understanding of the world of work. Examples of work-and-learn experiences include:

Depending on your program of study, you may also be required to complete experiential learning, such as a practicum or clinical, to fulfill academic requirements. The work-and-learn experiences described on this page are voluntary and can help you fill your resume with valuable experience and stand out to employers.


You usually want to test drive a car before buying it. Why not test drive a career? The  Career Link team and your Career Coach will help you identify opportunities to connect with employers and gain actual experience in careers that interest you while you're still in school—like assisting a chef in a kitchen, aiding a teacher in a classroom, working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.

Hands-on learning like this allows you to test-run a career before you graduate and further develop skills related to your chosen career field. These experiences can also help set you apart during the application and interview process for future employment. Contact your Career Coach to find work-and-learn experiences that match your interests. 

Connect EARLY & OFTEN with Employers: NETWORKING

Early connections with employers can bring perspective about the world of work and set you apart in today's job market. Meeting an employer representative at a career fair or talking to a classroom guest speaker can open future doors to employment. Even better, work-and-learn experiences such as an internship can help you develop in-demand skills and gain hands-on experiences that are attractive to employers.


Internship and Career Fairs

Participating in fairs offers many opportunities to advance your internship and career search. They are a chance to practice your networking skills and get comfortable having professional conversations.  Career Link career coaches also offer just-in-time workshops related to resume writing, elevator pitches, and interview prep to help you prepare for the fair.


Preparing for Your Work-and-Learn Experience

To help you learn more about in-demand careers, and those that interest you, plan to participate in some activities called Employer Engagement Events, listed below. Attending events such as employer panels, internship/career fairs, or job shadowing, will assist you in selecting and preparing for a meaningful work-and-learn experience.






Paid internships are the most common type of work-and-learn experience that Ivy Tech students take advantage of. In-person internship options can range from a short, 8-hour project-based experience to a short-term, non-credit, one-week micro-internship to a 16-week or longer internship (for credit or non-credit). Virtual internships, where communication between employers and interns takes place through a variety of methods such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, telephone, and email, are also viable choices in today's flexible work environment. Virtual internships range from 5–40 hours or in some cases up to 6 months.

To learn more about how internships work, contact your local Ivy Tech Career Coach.


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Ivy Tech's employer partners get the word out about available internship opportunities to students and alumni via HireIvy, Ivy Tech’s job portal and career services system. Be sure to check HireIvy regularly, as new internship opportunities are posted regularly.


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Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable you to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build your networks as you seek the right full-time role. 

  • Typically require 5-40 hours, and can be bundled to create a longer-term experience

  • Each project has a discrete deliverable due within a few days to a few weeks, making it easier for companies and interns to evaluate outcomes

  • Require no onboarding and can be completed with minimal instruction

  • Can be either on-site or virtual, depending on the specific requirements of the project. We typically suggest remote, as this provides more flexibility and accessibility.

  • Available year-round as needed

  • Provides an easy way for interns and companies to build authentic relationships


As an intern, there should be no cost to you. On the contrary, you will get paid for your work! The employer sets the price for each project. All projects are fixed-fee, and most are listed between $200-$600, typically implying $15-20/hour based on estimated hours of work. 90% of this fee goes directly to you, the intern, and there are no obligations or other fees even if the relationship turns into an internship or full-time role.

To learn more about how micro-internships work, contact your local Ivy Tech Career Coach.



An apprenticeship is when students train on the job—earning wages and doing productive work—while also training in Ivy Tech labs and classrooms to ensure they build the technical skills they need. Apprentices acquire job-specific education and training and oftentimes industry-recognized credentials.


Apprenticeships enable employers to develop and prepare their future workforce. Partnering with Ivy tech for Apprenticeships has many benefits for employers:

  • Ability to customize training and hiring to your exact needs
  • Pipeline of teachable talent
  • Proven model to upskill incumbent workers, providing a career path, not just a job
  • Lower recruiting costs
  • Decreased employee turnover
  • Increased productivity, profitability, and your bottom line

Types of Apprenticeships

Ivy Tech campuses work with two primary types of apprenticeship programs: industry-registered apprenticeship programs through the U.S. Department of Labor and non-Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs that are employer-specific. Contact your local Ivy Tech campus to learn more about potential apprenticeship options for your company.


Ways to Connect & Engage with Employers

Take a tour and learn more about a company's environment and what they have to offer. This is a great opportunity to see jobs firsthand and expand your career options, debunk myths about careers, and explore how a job might work for you.

Attending an internship or career fair gives you the opportunity to network with potential employers. Did you know that over 80% of all job offers come through networking? It's true!  A survey conducted by LinkedIn found that 85% of critical jobs are filled via networking of some sort. So it's important to be prepared when you attend an internship or career fair. Here's some information to help you get ready:

  1. Be prepared to interview on the spot!
  2. Have your coach-approved resume in hand.
  3. Be prepared with your elevator pitch to answer the question, "Tell me about yourself and what you are interested in."
  4. Research the employers before attending the fair and know something about them that you can reference during a conversation.
  5. Know the role you are interested in pursuing and the skills needed so that you can align your answers to the role.
  6. Address employer questions using the STAR interviewing techniques.
  7. Keep your answers simple and concise — the employer wants to speak to everyone.
  8. Come prepared with a few questions to ask the employer. For example: What types of skills are most important for someone pursuing this role? What advice would you give a college student when preparing for an interview with your organization? Is there an opportunity for a job at the conclusion of your internship?

Reach out to a Career Coach for additional guidance and assistance on how to prepare for an internship/career fair.

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A job shadow is an opportunity to observe a professional, and their associated tasks, in the workplace.
It is also an opportunity to connect and network with a potential employer, and preparations similar to an interview should be followed.

Put away cell phones and be attentive and interested in what the professional shares and ask if it is okay to take notes. Always research the company beforehand and have questions prepared that aren't available on their website. It is important to have reliable transportation that day and be on time and dressed in professional clothing or attire expected for the worksite. Have a resume in hand and ask if you can leave a copy with the person you observed.

Contact a Career Coach for assistance on how to arrange a job shadow.

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Guest Speakers may be part of your classroom assignment; however, if not, you should use the opportunity to ask relevant questions. Always research the company and the speaker to help you assemble a list of questions you want to ask. Remember to be courteous and a good classmate (teammate) and allow others the opportunity to ask questions as well.

You might occasionally see an employer table set up in common areas around your campus. These tables provide you with a great opportunity to not only hone your networking skills but to find out about current and future opportunities that are relevant to your career.

Informational interviews can help you understand the day-to-day experiences of people in their industry. They can happen in an informal meeting or as a group. Your career coach can provide you with strategies on how to ask for this experience from industry professionals.

Panel discussions, also known as Q&A panels, are a great opportunity to learn more about an industry from multiple professionals. These pros are able to speak firsthand about their experience working in a particular career and can share information related to majors, skills, and career paths that led to their current position.

Questions about Work-and-Learn Experiences?

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Your Career Coach and the Career Link team are available to assist with identifying work-and-learn experiences that match your career goals and can help connect you with employers offering them.

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