Apprenticeship versus a Fellowship, which is right for you?


An apprenticeship is a great way of being in the workforce and getting paid. Apprenticeships are paid work experiences that may end in retained employment but aren’t guaranteed. 

This is great for switching careers because you are in a professional setting, getting a paid market value, and learning new skills. It is different from the entry-level internship.

Many times with an apprenticeship, you are gaining knowledge and doing some classroom learning. While on the job, you connect with mentors and gain the support system and education you need in the specific field of expertise. Sometimes apprenticeships are awarded to those who don’t have a college degree but are switching to another career that they need experience with.

Apprenticeships can be found in workplaces or online. Some apprenticeships are not formally listed, and you must ask the company with your field of choice if they offer one. 

Some apprenticeships are done with skilled trade workers so that they get on-the-job training before stepping out on their own in that career. There can also be apprenticeship programs where you work in the field or trade full time while attending school.

Examples of Apprenticeships:

  • Engineering
  • Electrotechnical
  • Engineering Construction
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance
  • Combined Manufacturing Processes
  • Driving Goods Vehicles


It is great for a current student who just graduated who wants to do research without paying for it on their own. There is usually a national grant or scholarship for this. Many times the research supports the United States. It can be for undergraduates as well, but it’s very competitive. 

It’s a great short-term work opportunity while at school or just graduated. Someone under a fellowship will call themselves a fellow and complete important research that they will report about once they have finished. 

Most times, fellowships are offered through the college or university, and many times the research that will be studied may have already been chosen. It typically lasts 1-2 years and is given based on merit base, not need-based.

A fellowship will be found through your university or college or by talking to professors in your specific field of study.

Examples of Fellowships:

  • Medical
  • Teaching
  • Training program
  • Research
  • Government