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Experiential Learning Opportunities

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education study “The Role of Higher Education in Career Development: Employer Perceptions”: Students who graduate from undergrad and have experience through internships, externships and co-op opportunities are more marketable and are more likely to receive job offers.

What Qualifies as an Experiential Learning Opportunity?

An Experiential Learning Opportunity is an experience through which students can apply their academic knowledge in work settings. It can include:
  • Internship (paid): Typically one-time work or service experience related to student’s major or career goal. Student works in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Student is compensated for this experience.
  • Internship (unpaid): Student is not compensated for this experience and does not receive academic credit
  • Internship (academic credit): Student receives academic credit for this experience
  • Externship: Allows student to spend between a day and several weeks observing a professional on the job
  • Study Abroad Experiences: An opportunity for students to travel to another country to live and learn through that countries academic and cultural system for one semester. Student receives academic credit.
  • Community Service: Service learning through volunteer work at an organization that is related to the student’s major or career goal. Student is not compensated for this experience.
  • Co-op: Provides students with multiple periods of work where the work is related to student’s major or career goal. Time period: alternate terms of full-time classroom study and full time, discipline-related employment. Experience can be paid or unpaid.
  • Nursing Practicum or Clinical: A one-time work or service experience by a student as part of an academic class. Student receives academic credit.
  • Practicum: Generally a one-time work or service experience done by a student as part of an academic class. Experience can be paid or unpaid

Additional Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Independent Research/Creative Endeavor with Faculty
  • Research outside of Howard University
  • Research with Howard University Faculty
  • Part-time Summer Job (Related to Program of Study)

The Experiential Learning opportunities presented through the Office of Career Services provide each student with the connections and tools required to complete at least one experiential learning opportunity prior to graduation.


The Bison Career Mentor program aims to increase the number of students who graduate with experiential education and practical work experience, students who complete internships, increase the number of students graduating with a full-time job in their field of study and increase the overall career outcomes rate at Howard. Each student will be afforded the opportunity to utilize their academic theories and develop their skills in a workplace environment. The Bison Career Mentor program promotes a culture, of support that will enrich each student‘s journey to becoming a successful member of the workforce and productive citizen.


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    Monday - Friday

    Office of Career Services
    C.B. Powell Building, Suite 212  
    525 Bryant Street, NW
    Washington, DC. 20059