Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is an active process whereby students build upon their liberal arts education through real-world, application-based experiences. 

Internships, independent study, and research are all examples of robust experiential learning that allow you to deepen your understanding of academic disciplines and gain a variety of other real-world skills and positive work habits. These experiences, especially internships, rank high on the list of what employers want to see in graduates seeking employment.

What is an internship?

An internship is an on-the-job learning experience that connects academic preparation with the working world. Internships are done under the supervision of a professional supervisor and sponsored by a faculty member if done for credit.

Internships may be full-time or part-time, may take place during the academic year or during the summer, and may or may not be paid. Internships can be done for academic credit or you may do one simply for the experience if it does not fit into your academic calendar.

Employers often hire individuals with experience—internships provide that experience. In addition to helping you develop new skills and positive work habits, internships allow you to explore your interests and career options and provide a means to gain future employment. Many organizations interns convert to full-time hires.

Cornell Funded Internships, Experiential Learning & Research Opportunities