Hi Kate, I think that considering shaping experiences like internships, volunteer work, etc as educational shaping blocks is key. The whole idea of dividing the learning experience in smaller blocks is to allow people to discover their path. For sure, internships, volunteer work, startup weekends, hackathons etc. can be important shapers of that path.
Most educational programs give a prepackaged amount of blocks depending on the career we choose. I feel that the future is converging to individual educational blocks that can be selected by each individual according to their needs. We can start accessing these type of education today through platforms like edX, Ideo U, Masterclass, etc.