Responding to an international crisis: The adaptability of the practice of work-integrated learning

Students inside QNC building

Journal publication | By Karsten E. Zegwaard (University of Waikato, New Zealand), Judene Pretti (University of Waterloo) and Anna D. Rowe (University of New South Wales, Australia) (2020)

COVID-19 has had a large impact on post-secondary work-integrated learning opportunities. It has affected both the setting in which students work (working from home) and the availability of work placement jobs and future work placement jobs. This will cause a disruption to work-integrated learning for the foreseeable future. Institutions should diversify their work-integrated learning programs, meaning to introduce alternative options to work placements for work-integrated learning programs. This will allow for work-integrated learning program “resilience”, where college and university working-integrated learning programs will be able to thrive despite economic and societal conditions.