Colleges' role must change, not because of a service-learning investment but because these internships and this application of what you're doing in the classroom is now mandated by the labor market

Ana Gutierrez in "Pilot Packages Work Experience, College Credit and Financial Aid"

Published feb. 12, 2020

A new partnership between the state of California and eight public and private universities there aims to help students fund their education, earn academic credit and gain work experience in public service fields.

The initiative reflects the growing interest in work-based learning, and its participants are promoting it as an example of how states and institutions can work together to solve local and regional problems while drawing more students into public service.