Experiential and Work-Based Learning

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and then reflecting on the experience of doing. Experiential learning can include a work-based learning internship position, job shadowing a professional in a career pathway of interest, hearing a guest presenter describe his/her career pathway journey, attending a career fair, completing a service learning project, visiting a college campus—and many more experiences.

There are many different categories of student experiences that can provide opportunities to learn about career fields and occupations:

  • Industry tours and guest presenters
  • Job shadowing experiences
  • Service learning projects
  • Mentorships
  • Cooperative education work experiences
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships

Learn more about experiential learning opportunities and definitions below.