La Fonda

Work-Based Learning Program

"I learned a lot about effective communication and how to be a part of a team [...] I think these skills will continue to benefit me as I go through new experiences." Natalia Sabato, City Attorney Intern


"I was able to learn new transferable skills in a short period of time at BSN Engineering. I plan to utilize my newly developed skills in my next job and school." Asael Garcia, Jr., BSN Engineering Intern


"I learned the motto "get to work, work hard, and never stop working until the job is done"...I just thought that was super positive." Faith Anderson, La Fonda on the Plaza Intern

Faith Anderson, La Fonda Intern  

About Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) is a structured internship program that collaboratively engages local high-value employers and SFPS high schools offering junior and senior students quality internship, job-shadow and mentorship experiences.

We Have Two Internship Cohorts

  • Summer: June 1 to July 31

  • School Year: Mid-October to April 30

Student Intern Benefits

  • Participation in a “boot camp”-style soft skills training pre-internship.

  • Participants learn about professionalism, work ethic, effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving.

  • Résumé Builder, Email Etiquette and Interview Skills Training.

  • Interns gain a broad range of transferable skills with hands-on training in a desired career field. They also earn academic credit.

  • Application of classroom knowledge and skills to real world situations.

  • Opportunities to connect and network with general managers and CEOs of high paying careers.

-Click the button above to fill out the new business partner form!

Business Partner and Community Benefits

  • Access to a range of talented and motivated high school students, resulting in filling job vacancies and the creation of a future workforce pipeline at zero-wage labor expense.

  • Fresh perspectives and problem-solving skills to the workforce, providing opportunities for innovative business development.

  • The ability to “give back” to their community by investing time to train and mentor our next generation.

Paid Internship / Elective Credit Info

  • Paid Internship: $14.60/hr

  • Elective Credit: Academic Career Experience (ACE)

  • Participating High Schools: SFHS, CHS, DSA, ECO, ATC

  • Student interns are covered with:

    • Worker Compensation Insurance

    • Student Blanket Accident Insurance



Jose Villarreal, Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Our Internship Partners

  • Bishop's Lodge

  • BSN Santa Fe

  • City of Santa Fe

    • Affordable Housing

    • City Attorney's Office

    • City Manager

    • Community Services

    • Emergency Management

    • Environmental Services

    • Finance Department

    • Genoveva Chavez Community Center

    • Human Resources

    • IT Department

    • Mayor's Office

    • Office of Economic Development

    • Parks and Recreation

    • Police Department

    • Public Library

    • Recreation

    • Tourism Department

  • Comfort Dental

  • Creative Startups

  • Currents New Media

  • Dentistry For Kids

  • Eldorado Hotel & Spa

  • El Rey Court

  • Fab Lab Hub d.b.a. New Collar Network

  • Four Seasons at Rancho Encantado

  • Harry's Roadhouse

  • Hotel Chimayo

  • Hotel Santa Fe

  • Hotel St. Francis

  • Institute for Computing in Research

  • Internal Medicine Specialists, Santa Fe

  • La Fonda on the Plaza

  • Las Palomas Hotel

  • Life Circle

  • Northern Area Local Workforce Board

  • Northern New Mexico Gastroenterology Associates

  • OCD Custom Cycles & Auto Repair

  • Ojo Santa Fe

  • Prince, Schmidt, Baca & Woods, LLP

  • Partners In Education

  • Performance Santa Fe

  • Rancho De Las Golondrinas

  • Reading Quest

  • Riverwalk Dental, LLC

  • Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

  • Santa Fe Children's Museum

  • Santa Fe County

    • Assessor's Office

    • Clerk's Office

    • Emergency Dispatch

    • Public Works

    • Sheriff's Office

    • Treasurer's Office

  • Santa Fe Public Schools

    • Early Childhood Center

    • Elementary Art Teacher

    • Food Services

    • Public Information Officer

    • Restorative Justice Program

    • Transportation Dept.

  • Sassella Restaurant

  • SITE Santa Fe

  • Sports Primo

  • Stagecoach Foundation

  • State of New Mexico

    • NM Department of Transportation

    • NM Aging & Long-Term Services

    • NM Arts - Department of Cultural Affairs

  • The Club at Las Campanas

  • The Kitchen Table Santa Fe

  • Work-Based Learning Intern

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