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Work-Based Learning Host FAQs

Why should I consider hosting a student?
  • Work-based learning introduces employers to talented and engaged high school students who bring fresh energy and curiosity to the workplace.
  • Employers have a chance to inspire and shape the next generation of professionals, planting the seeds for future qualified employees for your industry or field. 
  • Employers can benefit from the students’ skills, creativity, and fresh perspectives. 
  • Hosting students can also be a cost-effective way to recruit, train, and evaluate prospective employees.
  • Your expertise and experience can provide valuable insight to a student exploring goals and opportunities.
What should I consider when planning to host a student at my workplace?
  • What knowledge you would expect the student to come to you with
  • What a student intern can expect to do and learn during their time on site
  • Who would serve as the student’s primary mentor
  • How you would create a safe and structured experience for a student
  • When would be the best time for you to host a student 
  • What results you hope to see from hosting a student
What insurance coverage is in place?

Students who are placed in unpaid work-based learning settings are covered under the Concord School District PRIMEX insurance policy. A work-based learning experience is considered a school activity.

Do I have to pay interns?

No, as long as the student’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the student. Per labor law, an unpaid intern cannot fill an open position.

Do internships only take place during school hours?

No, students can come during school, after school hours, or on weekends, depending on what works for both parties.

Do I have to guarantee job placement after an internship or job shadow?

No, but we would like you to give students feedback on their performance and next steps they could take to make them eligible for employment.

What do I do if the internship or job shadow is not working out?

Contact us and we will immediately take the student off the site and pause the experience to reassess (and consider canceling). 

What do I need to do to become an approved CRTC WBL site?
  • Meet with a CRTC Instructor or Work-Based Learning Specialist
  • Agree to terms in our Learning Agreement
  • Provide us with your Federal Employer Identification Number and number of employees. From there we will submit an application to the Department of Labor for site approval.
    • Possible reasons for denied approval:
      • Unresolved formal worker complaint
      • No Workers Comp (required for 1 or more employees) 
      • No Safety Summary Form on file (required for 15 or more employees)
    • If your site is denied, we can work with you to attain site approval status
Are there tax advantages that help offset the cost of hosting a CRTC WBL student?

NH RSA 188-E:9-a (2019) allows businesses to take a tax write off against their NH business taxes for costs related to supervising and training a CTE student.  Learn more.

What next?

If you’re interested in learning more about joining the CRTC’s network of commuinity WBL partners, contact Kate Amrol, Work-Based Learning Specialist <>.

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