Workplace Learning

Apprenticeships, Internships, and Work-Based Learning

Today's job market is more competitive than ever before. That's why you should get serious about distinguishing yourself from other applicants. How? By getting valuable work experience through an apprenticeship, internship, or work-based learning course.

Workplace Learning helps you find opportunities to match your goals, enhance your resume, and get valuable, real-world experience directly related to your field of study — experience employers are likely to expect from job candidates in a tight job market. We can help you get your foot in the door with some of the biggest names in business, such as:

  • Amazon
  • Atrium Health
  • Bank of America
  • Blum Inc.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • City of Charlotte
  • Duke Energy
  • Firestone
  • Hendrick Automotive Group 
  • PwC
  • Siemens
  • Tesla

Other benefits to you include higher pay when you finish your degree, college credit and degree outcomes leading to a career, global, portable credentials, and economic mobility with an increased standard of living.

If you are an employer who would like to recruit students for apprenticeships, internships or work-based learning (co-op), visit our Workplace Learning page for employers.

Opportunities

  • Apprenticeships: long term, paid positions that let you earn college credit while getting valuable on-the-job skills at one company.
  • Internships: flexible, non-credit work experiences that help you explore a career path or gain practical field experience in your field. Positions may be paid or unpaid and may be short- or long-term.
  • Work-Based Learning (co-op): a for-college-credit course in which you spend a semester working with an employer in a position directly related to your field of study. Positions may be paid or unpaid.
  • Apprenticeships (Apprenticeship Charlotte)

    Apprenticeships combine coursework with paid, on-the-job training at one company over a 12–48 month period.

    We’ll learn about your interests and strengths, then connect you to a company in the Charlotte area when it has a need for someone with your talents and potential. If you're serious about jump-starting your career, becoming an apprentice through Central Piedmont can reward you in many ways. Other than the obvious value of work experience, you may work your way into a permanent position. In some cases, you can get your Central Piedmont tuition and fees covered.

    Get Started

    1. Email workplace.learning@cpcc.edu with "Apprenticeship CLT" in the subject line. Attach a current résumé and state your program of study, GPA, and career interests. Career Services can help you with your résumé. Indicate in your email how much course work you have completed to date.
    2. Schedule a meeting with a Workplace Learning coordinator.

    Once you have met with a Workplace Learning coordinator, you will be added to our candidate pool. We will contact you when relevant apprenticeships become available. Please check your Central Piedmont email account regularly.

  • Internships

    In an internship, your work schedule's start and end dates are flexible depending on the employer's needs and your schedule; you will coordinate your schedule with the employer. You will have no minimum hour project requirement. Internships may be project work, contract-based, or time-based and can range from a weekend experience to an entire year in length. Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the employer. You will receive a Certificate of Completion from Central Piedmont upon successful completion of your internship.

    Internships are open to both current college-credit-seeking students and recent graduates enrolled in participating for-college-credit programs or Corporate and Continuing Education programs. Eligibility varies by program.

    Get Started

    Contact your Workplace Learning coordinator for details.

    Benefits

    • Gain practical experience in your field or explore a career path.
    • Work with professionals who have first-hand knowledge of your work product and skills.
    • Develop a portfolio of work to increase your chances of finding a job.
    • there is no cost to participate in an internship.
    • A Workplace Learning coordinator and an on-site supervisor will mentor and support you during your internship.
  • Work-Based Learning (Co-ops)

    Instead of earning credit by attending class in a traditional classroom setting, your work-based learning course lets you earn credit and gain experience by working with an employer in a position directly related to your field of study.

    Work-based learning courses (WBL) start at the beginning of every semester at Central Piedmont (August, January, and May) and are offered in over 40 programs. You will complete 160 hours for a one-credit class, or 320 hours for a two-credit class during the semester. We encourage employers to pay you, but not all work-based learning experiences are paid. In some programs of study, the work experience must be unpaid due to licensure restrictions. You will work directly with a Faculty Coordinators while you are enrolled in your work-based learning (WBL) class.

    Get Started

    • Review our list of approved programs (PDF) to see if your program offers work-based learning courses.
    • Meet with Workplace Learning staff two to three months before you would like to begin working.

    To ensure you have a successful work experience, each program has coursework that you are required to complete before you can take a WBL/co-op course.

  • Work-Based Learning Information for Faculty

    Both full-time and part-time instructors can serve as Faculty Coordinators for Workplace Learning work-based learning courses, provided that you have met required credentialing to teach in the specific field of study.

    Please note the distinction between the work-based learning courses offered by Workplace Learning and WBL 110. An exempt, staff employee who has earned an associate degree from a regionally-accredited institution can be credentialed to teach WBL 110.

    Work-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator Responsibilities

    • determining if a student meets the program’s eligibility requirements
    • approving the student’s Workplace Learning Application
    • recommending employer worksites based on students' knowledge, skills, and abilities
    • approving Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs)
    • conducting at least one employer visit before the semester ends
    • reviewing the workbook and assigning a grade
    • submitting paperwork in a timely manner and adhering to NCCCS regulations
    • promoting the benefits of work-based learning/co-op to both students and employers

    Forms

    Contact the campus campus coordinator for further clarification on Workplace Learning policies and procedures.