Experiential Education Comparison Chart

Program Description Time Commitment

Internship

Provides students with structured, short-term programs to gain experience and apply classroom concepts in their chosen fields of study. 15-20 hrs. per week
(one semester)

Co-op Provides students with structured, work-related programs on a long-term basis to gain experience, supplementing classroom studies. 20-40 hrs. per week
(one or more
semester)

Job Shadowing Provides students with opportunities to observe professionals in the work environment and learn about their chosen field.

2 hrs. -1 day
(short term)


Mentoring Allows students to develop relationships with professionals in their chosen career fields through one-on-one interactions. Fall & -Spring semesters or Academic Year (6-8 meetings)

Volunteering Provides one of the best ways for students to gain entry into an organization. There are countless opportunities for you to make worthwhile contributions while at the same time gaining professional experience. 2 hrs. -1 day (short term)

Study Away Provides students the chance to live and study in new environments to prepare them to be active and responsible global citizens through academically sound international and domestic educational exchange opportunities. 2 weeks, 1 month, 1 semester or 1 year. Varies according to the program you choose

Service Learning Offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful experience with a non-profit organization by integrating community service with academic learning. Varies widely according to the course or experience and community partner

Undergraduate Research Involves research or creative activity conducted by an undergraduate student collaborating with a mentor that makes an original, intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. The experience may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery, application and/or performance. Varies according to course or mentor requirements

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