Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. This includes site visits, job shadows, volunteer opportunities, mock interviews, and classroom guest speakers. Teachers also have the opportunity to enhance their classroom curriculum through 20-hour externship opportunities.

Externships: Available to health pathway teachers and counselors, this unique experience provides placement in health care related setting to shadow, observe and gather information on real-life health care jobs to then use in developing classsroom curriculum and activities. Externships are available based on funding and the application period is now open!

2017 Site Locations - view current list of hospitals and facilities who are offering externships. Questions? Contact Celina Su at or call 909.982.8641 x158.

Teacher, Grace Chung during her externship.

Teacher, Grace Chung during her externship.

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center - FULL

  • Riverside University Health System - Public Health

  • San Gorgonio Community Hospital

  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Step 1: Complete the 2017 Externship Application form online.

Step 2: Attend scheduled orientation

Step 3: Download all applicable forms. 

L.I.F.E. Experience:  Short for Learning Inspired Field Experience, this program brings students and employers together to give students experience in a health care environment. Select students will gain first-hand work experience, and to determine a career interest. Learn more.

Interviews: Mock and Informational interviews help prepare students for real-life job interviews. We have created toolkits for educators to use in order to facilitate this experience for their students. 

Student Summer (unpaid) Internships:  Available each summer, high school students are given the opportunity to explore a health career through a unpaid internship at a local health care facility. Applications are available in the Spring. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Students can acquire work-based learning through volunteer opportunities at local charities and hospitals and health care agencies through-out the Inland Empire. We regularly announce new volunteer opportunities in the Weekly Update as well as here

Y-PLAN: This work-based learning module incorporates civic engagement (public agencies and non-profit  organizations) to expose and provide students with career-readiness skills. Unlike other WBL modules, the civic sector can increase student's awareness of the institutions and processes of government and collective action. Because of its size and diversity of job offerings, the civic sector also offers possible future employment for many students and may empower diverse students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to become more involved in civic affairs. Download Y-PLAN service learning module (.pdf)

Other WBL Opportunities: Work-based learning offered by our healthcare partners are listed here.