Experiential Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills outside of the traditional academic setting providing hands-on experiences and reflecting upon those experiences. Examples of experiential learning would include internships, externships, co-ops, practicums, researching, volunteering and job shadowing opportunities.
Experiential learning opportunities play a significant role in your career. It will allow you to sharpen the skills needed to succeed in your projected field and it offers the chance to view the everyday life of your ideal profession.
When to Plan:
Students should begin planning at least one to two semesters in advance before participating in their anticipated experiential learning activity. Doing so will allow you to properly create a schedule that will best fit the needs of the learning experience.
What to Consider:
Some things to consider while planning for an experiential learning opportunity may include your interest, preferred location, if you can use it for class credit, and your ideal company setting.
Where to find Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Students have the opportunity to meet with an Experiential Learning Specialist in the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections that can provide guidance to individuals searching for experiential learning opportunities. If applicable, students may also set an appointment with their academic department's Internship Coordinator or visit Handshake to find more experiential learning opportunities.