Experiential Learning: doing to learn, not just learning to do

By engaging your students in experiential learning opportunities, you’ll help them:

  • Build their résumés and network with potential employers
  • Gain real-world experience and decide on a major
  • Explore new interests and learn more efficiently
  • Become better students in the classroom
  • Find more meaning in schoolwork

Internship Responsibilities

Review the following expectations and credit-hour information, and contact your assistant dean with questions.

The STUDENT is responsible for:

  • Securing both a placement site and a faculty sponsor (the internship placement can take a while to secure, and usually involves submitting a résumé, etc., so the process of searching for a placement site should be started several months before the desired start date).
  • Ensuring the Learning Contract for Experiential Education is completed and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Scheduling her/his hours appropriately so that the expected number of hours can be completed within a given semester.
  • Carrying out the Job Requirements and Evaluation Requirements listed on the Learning Contract.

The PLACEMENT SUPERVISOR is responsible for:

  • Clearly stating expectations of the intern on the Learning Contract.
  • Providing a wholly educational experience, especially if unpaid (i.e. no “grunt work” unrelated to the listed Job Requirements).
  • Mentoring the student intern by giving her/him exposure to various aspects of a particular career and engaging her/him in meaningful work.
  • Responding to requests for information from the student and/or faculty sponsor for the purpose of evaluating progress.

The FACULTY SPONSOR is responsible for:

  • Assisting with identifying potential placement sites as necessary.
  • Working with student to identify appropriate Educational Objectives and Evaluation Requirements.
  • Maintaining regular contact with both the student and the placement supervisor to ensure both parties are meeting expectations.
  • Evaluating student work (may take placement supervisor evaluations into account or not), providing regular feedback, and assigning a grade.

***NOTE: The director of academic initiatives can help with any of the above points, depending on everyone’s needs and comfort levels. 


  • Therefore, a three-credit internship requires the completion of at least 135 hours on-site; six credits requires 270 hours.
  • Up to six credits can be earned in a single semester for an internship experience.
  • Time spent completing assignments listed in the Learning Contract under “Evaluation Requirements” does not count towards the 45 hours/credit.

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