Internship vs. Apprenticeship

Which Is Right for You?

Registered apprenticeships and internships both give you entry-level experience in a career; however, they work in different ways. Registered apprenticeships pay you to learn a skill in the work environment. Internships give you the chance to learn before you earn.


3-6 Months1-5 Years
Can Be Paid or UnpaidPaid With Wage Progression
Supports Classroom InstructionClassroom Instruction + On-the-Job Training
See It: Focuses on Career ExplorationDo It: Focuses on Skill & Career Attainment
60% of College Graduates Received Job Offers*95% of Completers Employed After Apprenticeship
No CertificationPortable Industry-Recognized Certification


*According to the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board’s 2018 report, 93% of apprentice completers have employment following their apprenticeship. According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey, approximately 60% of college graduates in 2012 who completed a paid internship received at least one job offer. On the other hand, only 37% of unpaid interns received job offers while 36% of students with no internship experience received offers upon graduating from college.