This text explores the potential for using work-based learning as part of a broad education reform strategy. The authors contend that work-based learning, if it is done well, can play an important role in strengthening the educational preparation of many young people. Although students can learn job-specific skills in internships or apprenticeships, these types of experiences can have broader academic and developmental benefits as well. Thus work-based learning can be a productive part of a secondary school education designed explicitly to prepare students for college.