Resources for Faculty

The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) is committed to assisting faculty, employers, and community partners in developing quality experiential learning opportunities for students that enrich and expand their learning, and promote the integration of theory and practice. We are eager to support faculty members interested in sponsoring internships or incorporating other forms of experiential learning into their curriculum.

By working with the ELC, the time and effort required to manage your students’ internship or undergraduate research experiences can be reduced while still maintaining high-quality programs based on national best practices. ELC internship advisors and undergraduate research coordinators serve as the central point of contact between faculty members, organizations, and students.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Internships

A professionally related work experience grounded in academic application and learning objectives. It is an academic course designed to integrate classroom study with planned, supervised, and evaluated work experience that strengthens students' professional and personal growth.

Internships are one-semester experiences and may be paid or unpaid. Employers nationwide underscore the importance of internships, citing internship experience as a top criterion when screening candidates. In recent years more than 87% of new college graduate hires had internship or cooperative education experience.

Student participation in structured internships can result in tremendous advantages like:

  • Helping students apply and deepen classroom learning
  • Broadening learning opportunities
  • Creating more competitive and employable graduates from your department
  • Creating opportunities for faculty and employers to exchange ideas, research, and expertise
  • Increasing community engagement opportunities for faculty and the university

The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) is here to support you in your work with student interns. ELC internship advisors are assigned to each undergraduate academic department and serve as the central point of contact between faculty members, organizations, and students.

Supervising Interns