Experiential Learning Resources

**Attention all students: please take 5-10 minutes to complete the Career Center’s Experiential Learning Survey to let us know what you did last summer**

Hands-on, practical experiences and learning often provide the insight needed to determine if a major and/or a career path is the one to consider. Through Experiential Learning (EL) opportunities, which include but are not limited to – internships, co-ops, research, clinicals, practica, student teaching, campus leadership, and volunteerism/service, you will gain understanding about the industry as well potentially develop new or transferable skills and enhance your career competencies. Sometimes too, an EL opportunity will be extended or converted to a full-time option after graduation.  


Below are eight EL categories of resources and options through the UConn Career Center, the UConn system, and even beyond our campuses, to guide and help you make good career related decisions. 


Whether you have already had one or are preparing for your first one, you are sure to find content relevant to your situation – including definitions, course credit, funding sources, and a sample learning agreement.


Co-ops are full-time, paid positions that last over the course of a semester, and students take few or no classes, yet retain full-time status, for a low enrollment fee.

Research & Fellowships

Students can participate in academic or industry research and fellowships to prepare for a career in the field of research and/or graduate school.

Community Outreach & Volunteering

Learn how you can get engaged with local and non-local communities to make a long-lasting impact. Resources include UConn-affiliated programs, opportunities abroad, and information about service-based careers.

Leadership & Campus Involvement

UConn has hundreds of clubs, as well as robust student employment offerings. In addition, students can participate in non-academic certificates that will supplement classroom learning.

Shadowing & Industry-Specific Resources (Health, Law, Education)

View information on informational interviews and job shadows, which are relevant to any industry, as well as clinicals, pre-law, pre-health, and education & social services resources.

International Experiences Enhance an international experience by incorporating volunteerism, an internship, or perhaps a fellowship. 
Additional Resources View information on additional experiential learning resources such as Affinity Communities, Career Communities, Career Blog, and more.


Internship Types, Definitions, and Legal Facts

Internships are work/learning experiences that provide a hands-on way for students to confirm choice of major and/or career in a …

Find an Internship (On and Off Campus)

The Center for Career Development has many resources that will help you get started in your search for an Internship.

Career Conversations (aka Informational Interviews)

Career Conversations, aka informational interviews, are chats with professionals about their job, organization, or industry.

Informational Interview & Job Shadow …

International Experiences – Internships

UConn Experiential Global Learning Office
Develops and delivers experiential learning opportunities for students through virtual and in-person programs domestically and …

What is Research?

Research can be broadly defined as the systematic investigation of data and other materials that leads to the creation of new knowledge …

Service Opportunities (Domestic & Abroad)

Here you can find resources to see how you can impact your local and non-local Connecticut community.

UConn Community Outreach

Earn Credit for an Internship

UConn has over 70 majors that offer course credit for an internship.

Internship Funding Sources

For unpaid and underpaid experiences, students may be able to locate funding through other sources. Some ideas are listed below; …

Job Shadows

Job shadowing is an excellent way to explore and develop a deeper understanding of fields that are of interest to …