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What is Experiential Education?

Experiential education is the process of actively engaging students in hands-on learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Types of Experiential Education

  • Internship - typically a semester or academic year-long experience, allow students a first-hand look at a particular career or industry.
  • Co-op - most commonly a full-time, paid experience in which you work for an organization for a six-month or year-long contact
  • Practicum Experience - supervised practical application directly associated with an academic program
  • Academic or Laboratory Research - experience working on a research project within your academic discipline
  • Job Shadowing - following a professional in a career field of interest
  • Externship - often offered by educational institutions (i.e. academic hospitals) to give students short practical experiences in their field of study
  • Informational Interviews - an interview with a professional in a career field of interest with the goal of gathering information on the field
  • Volunteer Work - opportunities vary as related to your career field
  • Part-time and Summer Jobs - opportunities vary as related to your career field
For more information on Experiential Education, contact Career Services at or 977-2828.


Meet our Internship Coordinator!

Claire Chase, Internship Coordinator
Claire Chase - Internship Coordinator

Joining Saint Louis University in November 2007 as the Internship Coordinator in Career Services, Claire Chase works with students and faculty members on experiential education initiatives, including internships and co-ops. Claire's role also includes collaborating with employers in the St. Louis regional area to develop experiential education opportunities and internship/co-op programs.
Claire earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University.

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