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Every month during the academic year, CCWT will host a visiting scholar active in the areas of career advising, labor market issues, and work-based learning in order to cultivate dialogue on these issues for students, staff and the broader community. In scheduling speakers for the Seminar Series, the Center aims to bring renowned scholars and respected practitioners to share their insights on research findings and policy developments that impact student employability and their career development.

Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person seminars and research symposia are cancelled at CCWT. Instead, we are hosting free online webinars featuring scholars and practitioners active in college-workforce policy, research and practice. Watch recordings of past webinars from this series about the latest findings on college internships, implications for college students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and discussions regarding equity and social justice in higher education.

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Internships and Vocational Skills Training in China with Jenny Chan

The Wisconsin Idea room (Education Building #159)

China has the world’s largest vocational education system. The number of vocational high school students (aged 16-18), however, dropped from a peak of 22.4 million in 2010 to 15.5 million in 2018, that is, about 40% of the national student population. By contrast, the number of high school students remained fairly stable over the same period, hovering at around 24 million. This project seeks to understand the internship experiences of Chinese teenage students. Under the existing system, a 6-month workplace-based internship training is mandatory for three-year vocational education program. The legal status of interns remains that of students, not employees. The educational and labor rights of interns are worthy of scholarly attention.