Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence (CRTLE)
Office of the Provost, Division of Faculty Affairs
Frequently Asked Questions
Internship programs and experiential education are career-building exercises in which students develop practical skills and garner valuable experiences to facilitate future employment opportunities. Partnerships are often between local businesses or organizations rather than non-profit or community service agencies, either with or without pay. The emphasis in experiential education is on skill development; service learning builds on the internship or experiential educational program through reciprocity between the non-profit agency and the student, thereby creating an opportunity for each to directly benefit from the experience. It incorporates social consciousness and awareness development, frequently termed “citizenship,” through reflection and hands-on experience.
a. Student Benefits:
b. Faculty Benefits:
c. Community Benefits:
d. University/Institution Benefits:
This depends upon the course focus and student outcomes. In some courses, service learning will be the overall focus of the class. It thereby takes a majority of the time allotted and accounts for a large portion of a student's grade. For others, it may consist of a project that enhances the class, and thereby be a smaller portion of class time and student grades.