3 Alternative Experiential Learning Resources for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Students

Going to college, many students hope to gain practical experience in their field. One way of achieving this goal is by taking part in experiential learning, which consists of internships, co-ops, research, clinical, part-time jobs, and more. Many students are not familiar with the term experiential learning but can learn more about it on the Center of Career Development website and UConn’s research opportunities. Below are some examples of alternative experiential learning experiences specifically for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Career Community.

DECA Competitive Events Program

DECA is a professional organization aimed to prepare college students with hands-on experiences to become experienced leaders in entrepreneurship. Through DECA’s Competitive Events Program, students have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in class and represent their school. There are a variety of competition areas, including finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more. There are also various avenues to participate in the competition through individual case studies, team case studies, and prepared business presentation events. All competitions are judged by industry experts and provide great networking opportunities.

To learn more about the DECA Competitive Events Program, click here.

Shark Tank of Wellness Student Global Competition

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship is offering a global competition for college students to compete on their latest ideas of innovation and entrepreneurship in the wellness industry. The wellness industry includes sectors as broad as architecture and design to fitness to travel. If judges are impressed with students’ proposals they could win the opportunity to be flown to Tel Aviv, Israel, for the Global Wellness Summit in November of 2021.

To learn more about the Shark Tank of Wellness Student Global Competition, click here.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School

College students interested in finding solutions to tough problems in our global society with a passion for entrepreneurship should apply to the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School. Students will have the chance to make positive change through their contributions to problems proposed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This hands-on experience allows students to work in a team with motivated peers while being mentored by trained coaches.

To learn more about The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School, click here.

To explore more alternative experiential learning experiences, schedule a meeting with a Center for Career Development Career Coach on Handshake!

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By Lisa Martelli
Lisa Martelli