Paid and unpaid work experience is one of the 14 program elements for the WIOA youth program.  Work experience is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace and provides youth with opportunities for career exploration and skill development.  A work experience may take place in the private for-profit section, the non-profit sector, or the public sector.

WIOA identifies four types of work experience for youth: summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, pre-apprenticeship programs, internships and job shadowing, and on-the-job training.


Check out the resources below for information and ideas on providing successful work experiences for youth.

Introduction to Work Experience under WIOA

Work-Based Learning

Summer Employment

Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship


Youth Employment and Soft Skills

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