Everything about education changed in the spring of 2020. School partnerships with industry were no different. Schools had to rethink internships, job shadows, and mentorships. But these disruptions have also forced new thinking that will have long-term consequences for how schools partner with industry to prepare students post-graduation.
Some schools and districts (see inset below) have pivoted quickly in response to the pandemic, replacing job shadowing with virtual mentor networks and traditional internships with industry projects. Some solutions they’ve devised may give more students access to work-based learning even after they return to their classrooms.