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Experience WV: Experiential Learning Program

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Experience WV is an Experiential Learning Program that connects West Virginia-based companies to WVU students to provide them with real-world experience while bringing fresh talent to your operation.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education (or co-op) is a formal experiential learning method of education that combines alternating periods of full-time classroom-based education with structured full-time work experience. Co-ops are almost always paid and the student receives academic credit for the meaningful work experience.


An internship is a formal work-and-learn program where students are offered temporary employment by an employer. Internships are most often full-time when conducted during the summer months, but can be part-time during an academic semester based on the students’ schedule and proximity to the work location.


An externship is a less formal student training program that is intended to give students a short, real-life preview into their prospective career. Not providing the same extensive, hands-on work experience as internships. Externships are designed to offer a mid-year college student with the opportunity to observe, explore and ask questions.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is the opportunity to observe someone doing a specific job. The experience can be as little as an hour or two, but is more commonly a day-long activity where students will shadow one or more employees performing a specific job that is of interest to them.


Start by identifying your company's goals and writing learning objectives.

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Benefits of an Experiential Learning Program

  1. Career Services helps you match students to your company
  2. Gain new perspective on various processes, procedures and programs
  3. Cost-effective method to recruit and evaluate potential full-time employees
  4. A workforce that does not require a long-term employment commitment
  5. Potential economic growth in their community
  6. Increased visibility of your organization on campus


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