Work-Based Learning Program at SFPS

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I learned a lot about effective communication and how to be a part of a team [...] I got much more confident about asking questions and meeting new people. I think these skills will continue to benefit me as I go through new experiences.

Natalia Sabato, City Attorney's Office Intern  

   City of Santa Fe, Legal Department

During this internship I was able to develop my communication skills as well as my ability to to learn new stuff in a short period of time. I plan to utilize my newly developed skills in my next job and school.

Asael Garcia, Jr., Civil Engineering Intern  

   BSN Santa Fe Internship

One thing I learned about life was the motto or mantra saying "get to work, work hard, and never stop working until the job is done"...I just thought that was super positive.

Faith Anderson, Concierge/Hostess Intern  

   La Fonda on the Plaza Internship

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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.

Student Intern Benefits

Participation in a “boot camp”-style soft skills training pre-internship. They learn about professionalism, work ethic, effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving. They build a résumé, learn about email etiquette and practice interviewing skills.

A broad range of transferable skills with hands-on training in a student’s desired career field. They also earn academic credit.

The application of classroom knowledge and skills to real world situations.

The opportunity to connect and network with general managers and CEOs of high paying careers.

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/hr

  • Elective Credit: Academic Career Experience (ACE)

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

  • Student interns are covered with:

    • Worker Compensation Insurance

    • Student Blanket Accident Insurance


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Jose Villarreal

Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Our Internship Partners

  • Bishop's Lodge

  • BSN Santa Fe

  • City of Santa Fe

    • Affordable Housing

    • City Manager

    • Community Health & Safety

    • Emergency Management

    • Finance Department

    • Human Resources

    • IT Department

    • Legal Department

    • Mayor's Office

    • Office of Economic Development

    • Police Department

    • Public Library

    • Recreation

    • Tourism Department

  • 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

  • La Fonda on the Plaza

  • Northern Area Local Workforce Board

  • Northern New Mexico Gastroenterology Associates

  • Ojo Santa Fe

  • Performance Santa Fe

  • Reading Quest

  • Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

  • Santa Fe Children's Museum

  • Santa Fe County

  • Santa Fe Public Schools

    • Early Childhood Center

    • Elementary Art Teacher

    • Food Services

    • Public Information Officer

    • 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

  • Work-Based Learning Intern

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