Work-Based Learning for Students

We are so excited to connect you with what you’re learning in your classes to your future career!

What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an educational strategy that combines classroom instruction with practical work experience directly related to a student’s program of study. It is designed to provide authentic learning experiences to students by linking academic, technical and professional skills.


To qualify for the Work-Based Learning program, interested candidates must meet the following requirements: 

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be a current, actively enrolled student at CSM
  • Maintain a 2.0+ GPA


Benefits of WBL

  • Students benefit from this program by earning money, receiving on-the-job training, and gaining relevant work experience. A Work-Based Learning position will enhance your resume and provide you with an opportunity to create employer connections.
  • Work-Based Learning opportunities are with local Southern Maryland employers.


What Will My Employer Expect of Me?

  • Desire to Learn
  • Dependability
  • Good Judgement and Decision Making
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Positive Attitude
  • Quality of Work

Where do I start?

Complete the online student pre-assessment, and our industry engagement specialist will contact you and assist you in the application process.


You will need to have a cover letter and resume prepared for interviews. Contact Advising and Career Services at for support.

We are here to support you!

During your WBL experience, you will be supported by your industry engagement specialist, academic and career advisor, student success coaches, your professors, and your WBL employer. Ask for help when you need it – we are here to support your success!

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