Internships and Experiential Learning for New College Students
Experiential learning is important for allowing students to apply their classroom knowledge to real world settings, and to expand on that knowledge base. There are several forms of experiential learning available to students. These different types of experiences can include:
In this for-credit course, undergraduate or master’s students are grouped into teams and partnered with one of our industry partners to solve a real problem over the course of the semester, as identified by the industry partner. This course is a requirement for graduation for some degrees, and an optional experiential learning opportunity in other degrees. A faculty member is assigned to oversee the course and student learning outcomes. Students should look at the academic schedule for capstone courses in their field/degree program.
Research can be conducted by undergraduate, masters and PhD students. Typically students enroll in research units, authorized by the faculty member who will oversee the research. Graduate students typically need to choose an academic faculty mentor prior to starting their graduate program. Undergraduate students interested in research should contact directly faculty members, visit ncuire.asu.edu, who conduct research that interests them. There are other ways to get started in research if you are not ready to jump right into a lab. One way to take a course like LSC 388 (also available using other prefixes), visit catalog.asu.edu.
These are learning experiences for persons already employed, typically not college students, who are looking to upskill or seek additional training while employed and which could eventually be used for university credit.
Luminosity Labs/Practice Labs
These are not dissimilar in concept to Capstone courses, except these are often for longer than a semester, and do not include academic credit. Students typically are paid by the industry partner, but housed in a space at ASU for completing the work. These are not tied to specific degree programs, and are open to any undergraduate student who wants experience. Students interested in participating in Luminosity or Practice Labs should visit: https://theluminositylab.com/team
Service-learning is often in the form a for-credit course, focused on providing a service to the community (i.e. volunteering) through the application of knowledge learned in classes related to your major. If you are a science major, for example, you would be performing a service for the community that uses, applies, and expands knowledge gained in your science courses. This is more than volunteer work; this is work specifically to build up and share your knowledge gained from your degree. Students should look at the academic schedule for service-learning courses in their field/degree program, as well as for clubs and student organizations that might offer this experience.