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Experiential Learning Programming

Types of Positions

Experiential learning programs include co-ops, internships, externships, postgraduate programs, service-learning programs, volunteering, and more.

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.

Job Shadowing

Host an on-site visit for a group of students for a day-long activity where students will shadow one or more employees performing a specific job that is of interest to them. The students get an opportunity to personally see and experience different situations, procedures, methods and scenarios by existing employees.


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.


Utilize a student to execute a short-term assignment remotely or on-site. Many use micro-internships as a way to discover candidates for summer internships or full-time hires. Sample projects include: Lead generation, social media engagement, research and data analysis, copywriting, and/or project management. 

Graduate Assistantship

Students pursuing a graduate degree can gain experience through a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantships provide an excellent learning environment, exposing students to what it is like to be in the workforce (and also helps in financing graduate school).

Off-Campus Employment

Both on-campus and off-campus student jobs are available to assist students in obtaining employment, so they can earn money for college, develop new job skills, build a resume and gain valuable professional experience. Have your position posted on Handshake.


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. Small to mid-level West Virginia-based companies may participate in Experience WV. This is an experiential learning program that connects employers to students to provide them real-world experiences while bringing fresh talent to your operation.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning exposes students to real-world problems. It is an approach that can help your company generate fresh ideas. Collaborate with our students to provide short-term projects in order to gain insight, elevate brand awareness, and recruit top talent.


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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