Experiential learning programs enable students to integrate their academic studies with work experiences and career exploration. The institution provides assistance in finding these opportunities. Experiential learning options include:
Externships/Internships: Real-world experience combined with an educational environment, which can be required for graduation in some programs. These opportunities are crucial for enhancing students’ marketability in the workforce and networking with potential employers. The Career Services Advisor and Program Director will assist students in finding externships and reviewing the process.
Clinical Rotations/Preceptorships: Required for certain healthcare programs, these opportunities expose students to various clinical settings and specialties, providing direct experience in their field and networking with industry connections. These opportunities are facilitated through the Academic department.
Apprenticeships: Longer real-world experiences combined with an educational environment, usually over a year, which provide on-the-job training while students are actively obtaining their degree. This opportunity is currently available for the CIS program in the North Carolina and South Carolina region and is approved by the North Carolina and South Carolina Department of Labor. Contact your Program Director for more information.
Federal Work Study program: Available for active students who have completed at least one term and are financial aid eligible. Locations are available on and off-campus. Eligible students should see their Career Services Advisor to find out how to apply.
Volunteer options: opportunities through local communities to add extracurricular activities to students’ resumes and enhance civic leadership. Contact your Career Services Advisor to find out what volunteer opportunities are available in your area. You can also check out www.volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your area.
Virtual Experience Programs: some companies offer job shadowing or webinars for a limited time to experience “a day in the life” of a particular career or company. Scroll below for a list of current opportunities.