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Experiential Learning Program

where will your experiential path take you?

Employers are looking for well-rounded candidates with quality experience on their resumes. Quality experience doesn't only refer to full-time work, but also applies to opportunities like the ones below.

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 for academic credit.


An externship is a less formal training program that is intended to give you a short, real-life preview into your prospective career. Externships offer the opportunity to observe, explore and ask questions.

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).


An internship is a formal work-and-learn program that offers temporary employment with 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 your class schedule and proximity to the work location.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing provides the opportunity to observe someone doing a specific job. The experience can be as little as an hour, but is more commonly a day-long activity shadowing one or more employees performing a specific job of interest to you.


A micro-internship is a short-term, usually paid, professional assignment to build and demonstrate skills, similar to those given to interns or new hires. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships can take place year-round, ranging in the amount of hours, and are completed within a week to a month.

Part-Time Student 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. Search for part-time jobs in Handshake.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a classroom approach that involves creating a real product, performance or event, or solving an authentic or simulated real-world problem.

Doing an Internship/Co-Op for College Credit

*Please Note: To earn academic credit requires advanced planning with your academic department.


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Benefits of Experiential Learning

  • Develop and build transferable and marketable skills to put on your resume
  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience
  • Create networking contacts and references
  • Determine if it’s the right path for you
  • Become “Career Ready!”

Steps to a Successful Internship or Co-op

70 percent of employers value work-related experience on a resume over a higher GPA.

Experience is the key to your career. Make sure you describe your work experience—the most crucial component of your job search.

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First Ascent is a two-year program designed to help you launch your professional career through the power of remote and hybrid work while maximizing work-life balance and building community.

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To discuss an experiential learning opportunity one-on-one, contact Erica LaRue at

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