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HIP Taxonomy: Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning

Minimum Definition of Practice:

Work-based Learning represents credit-bearing experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships, practicums, clinicals, co-ops and similar experiences, integrated with a class or related to a major field of study, give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied learning and make connections in professional fields students are considering for career paths, while giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (NACE, 2011).

TBR Taxonomy Project Resources

File Work Based Learning Taxonomy File HIP Taxonomy Direction Sheet

Fall 2015 Work Based Learning Taxonomy Webinar (30 min.)
   *Data presented comes from AAC&U's Assessing Underrepresented Students' Participation in High-Impact Practices (2013).

Washington Center Internships

Public Chapter No. 603 provides funding for 30 internships in the nation's Capital as part of the Washington Center program. Institutions partner with The Washington Center to help recruit and retain strong students, provide substantive internships and academic seminars to students from all majors, and offer their students the opportunities that will propel graduates towards successful careers. The Washington Center is able to find internship placements for students across almost all fields and sectors, regardless of students' majors and professional interests. Internship locations range from national associations and organizations for the arts, humanities, education, journalism, media and communication, government and politics, international relations, global studies, business, economic and trade.

For more information about the Washington Center program, go to

Upcoming Deadlines:

Fall 2018 Internship                                                                        Application Due to Washington Center

                                                                                                               Priority Deadline               3/30/18

                                                                                                               Regular Deadline              4/18/18

Spring 2019 Internship                                                                    Application Due to Washington Center

                                                                                                               Priority Deadline              10/17/18

                                                                                                               Regular Deadline             11/14/18

Summer 2019 Internship                                                                  Application Due to Washington Center

                                                                                                               Priority Deadline               2/20/19

                                                                                                               Regular Deadline              3/13/19

Fall 2019 Internship                                                                          Application Due to Washington Center

                                                                                                               Priority Deadline               4/17/18

                                                                                                               Regular Deadline              5/15/18


Process to Receive Scholarship

The home institution coordinates the student application process and then recommends students for funding through state appropriations provided to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Once a campus has coordinated and approved for a student to participate in the Washington Center Internship, an email with the name of the student and summary of their interests and qualifications should be sent to Dr. Heidi Leming to receive one of the 30 available slots for the funding cycle. A campus may not put forward more than five (5) students in any academic year. All requests should be received by the posted date listed above. In the case where more than 30 students are submitted system-wide, the TBR System Staff will make final determinations on which students will receive funding.

List of Professional Association Resources

Cooperative Education and Internship Association

National Association of Colleges and Employers 

National Society for Experiential Education