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Internships & Co-ops = Experiential Learning

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is gained through experiences such as work or volunteer opportunities that help you . . .

  • Explore and clarify career interests.
  • Foster personal and professional growth while developing a professional network .
  • Build upon classroom knowledge while improving transferable skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and technology.

4 Types of Experiential Learning:

  1. Internships:  Paid or unpaid work in a field directly related to the student’s area of study.
  2. Co-ops:  Extended (usually two semesters) full-time paid internship.
  3. Volunteer:  Unpaid experiences ranging from one-time “shadowing” to regular ongoing participation with an organization.
  4. Part-Time/Summer:  Short-term or extended on- or off-campus work experiences.

Fast Facts about Experiential Learning

  • 75% of U.S. undergraduate students will complete internship/ co-op before graduation.
  • Over 80% of companies use experiential learning programs to identify talent and recruit full-time employees.
  • Employers hire 50% of their intern/ co-op students as employees after graduation.
  • View employers and salaries of internships acquired by K-State students.

Tips to Find & Succeed in Internship/ Co-op

Career Advising

Career & Employment Services' professional advising staff are available to assist students with resume development, interview skills, job search, or other career-related topics. Call 785-532-6506 to schedule an appointment year-round.

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