3 Alternative Experiential Learning Resources for Government, Public Administration, Law, and Nonprofit 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 Government, Public Administration, Law, and Non-Profit Career Community.

Future Women in Government Program

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in government and politics can experience hands-on learning through Women in Government’s upcoming program. This program will teach students about programming, professional development, women’s leadership, and they will have the opportunity to interview a legislator. 

To learn more about the Future Women in Government Program, click here.

US Department of Justice Volunteer Opportunities

For students interested in law, The United States Department of Justice hosts various volunteer legal internships. While the experience is unpaid, some volunteer hours can be done for credit. These volunteering opportunities also provide students to work in a valuable learning environment to accelerate their career development.

To learn more about the US Department of Justice Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

Young Professionals in Development Network (YPN)

The Society for International Development is a networking opportunity for young professionals to build partnerships with peers across the globe. Peers can empower one another through this program’s facilitation and take part in exciting debates and discussions on today’s relevant issues. This program also integrates skill-building workshops and development tools into the program.

To learn more about the Young Professionals in Development Network (YPN), 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