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Redefining the middle &
high school experience.

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About Magnolia Project

We are redefining the middle and high school experience.


Magnolia Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that builds pathways for experiential learning into California’s middle and high schools. We offer relevant Career Technical Education (CTE) centering student leadership and agency through Externship, Internship and Learning Journeys Pathways. Our students are the dreamers, doers and decision makers in their CTE experience.


We believe that every student deserves access to compelling, relevant learning experiences so they are ready to pursue their Meaningful Next Phase upon high school graduation.


Through exploratory externships, immersive work-based internships, and curiosity filled Learning Journeys, students will begin to define their Meaningful Next Phase, and develop the skills they need to achieve their goals.

Our 2022-2023 School Year by the Numbers

7th-12th Grade Students


Unique Business Partners


Hours of Externships & Internships


The Day in the Life of an Extern

Why Magnolia Project

Why Magnolia?

The Magnolia flower is one of the only flowers that blooms consistently throughout the world across a variety of climates and soil conditions. We believe that when students are supported, affirmed, and comprehensively prepared they will be able to bloom wherever life takes them, just like the Magnolia Flower.

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Where We Work 

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