Experiential Education

Corporate recruiter speaking to a Case Western Reserve University student at a career fair booth

Experiential Learning (EL) is an innovative approach to education that emphasizes hands-on training and includes:

  • internships
  • practicum
  • co-ops
  • research
  • volunteering
  • studying abroad

The Career Lab coordinates and supports two primary Experiential Learning programs: Internship and Practicum.

Be sure you know what type of Experiential Learning opportunity will best suit you and your schedule. Keep in mind that EL opportunities should expose you to a field of interest. If you are unsure of which EL opportunity is right for you, use Handshake to schedule an appointment with a career educator to discuss your EL search.

Career Connections

The Career Connections program is designed to match first and second-year undergraduate students with alumni for the purpose of exploring career options. The "connection" may be in the form of a shadowing experience or an individual meeting for an inside look at careers or industries through informational interviewing, networking and observation. The Career Connections experience takes place during the week of spring break, which is March 11-15, 2019. Requirements: attend an information session (held in January) submit online registration form (mid-January) that will include write a brief statement about your goals for the future and your current resume.

Alumni and students are identified and matched based on background, interests, location and availability. We know that exploring career options raises a lot of questions. The goal of Career Connections is to give you a learning opportunity outside the classroom. The benefits are:

  • Assistance from the Career Lab and the Alumni Association to match you up with your requested contact
  • Exposure to career opportunities relating to academic majors at a location of your choosing
  • Alumni interaction and guidance in careers, course of study and campus/professional organizations

Contact us for more information.

Additional CWRU-Sponsored Experiential Learning

Research, study abroad and co-op opportunities are offered by departments across campus, including:

  • CCEL Fellows Program and CCEL Engagement Scholars - Center for Civic Engagement and Learning
  • SOURCE - The SOURCE office assists and prepares students to engage in research and creative endeavors, and to guide and, where appropriate, to supplement institutional, departmental, and divisional work with this effort.
  • Study Abroad - This program provides opportunities for students to experience life and work overseas.
  • Cooperative Education - Co-op Program for Engineering students.

Additional programs to consider: