What is a Virtual Work Experience?

A virtual work experience program is an online course that simulates what you would do at a company if you worked there day-to-day. These programs include cases of the actual tasks a professional would do with real customers and clients.


Forage is a free and open-access online library of employer-designed job simulations. Develop your skills and gain a real understanding of different roles and sectors by working through self-paced modules, tackling tasks that mirror what you’d do if you were a real employee for that company. Companies include Visa, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Red Bull, Lyft, lululemon, Wal-Mart, Citi, Accenture, Deloitte, and many more!

During the program, you will work through a set of materials and tasks set by the company, which are designed to replicate the sort of work that you would undertake as an intern or graduate. All of the programs are self-paced (taking between five and six hours to complete) ensuring that you can fit your participation flexibly around other commitments.

These programs include:

  • Video instructions and materials created by employees within your chosen organization
  • Work that reflects real day-to-day tasks of interns and graduates
  • The chance to compare your work with that of a graduate at your chosen organization

What are the benefits?

  • Bite-sized virtual work experience to test the type of work you may be interested in before making a commitment to a company
  • Discover career paths that you may not have previously considered
  • Build confidence and gain skills to get you ‘work-ready’
  • Sample what work is like at leading companies
  • Complete in the comfort of your own home at your own pace
  • Earn a certificate to include on your resume and LinkedIn profile

Forage programs are completely free with open-access for students, and there are no lengthy application processes to complete one of the simulations.

Join the 2 million students worldwide utilizing Forage to prepare for their careers!


What Are Micro-Internships?

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off.