We encourage all students and employers to formalize any internship experience. This means that the intern will enroll in a special course that will help the student develop specific learning objectives for the experience. These objectives allow both the employer and the intern to know exactly what is expected during the internship experience. The student must enroll in COT 495 to formalize the internship experience and receive credit on his/her transcript. If interested, please contact our office for more information.
Experiential learning is gained through experiences such as work or volunteer opportunities that help you . . .
- Explore and clarify career interests.
- Foster personal and professional growth while developing a professional network .
- Build upon classroom knowledge while improving transferable skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and technology.
4 Types of Experiential Learning:
- Internships: Paid or unpaid work in a field directly related to the student’s area of study.
- Co-ops: Extended (usually two semesters) full-time paid internship.
- Volunteer: Unpaid experiences ranging from one-time “shadowing” to regular ongoing participation with an organization.
- Part-Time/Summer: Short-term or extended on- or off-campus work experiences.
Fast Facts about Experiential Learning
- 75% of U.S. undergraduate students will complete internship/ co-op before graduation.
- Over 80% of companies use experiential learning programs to identify talent and recruit full-time employees.
- Employers hire 50% of their intern/ co-op students as employees after graduation.
- View employers and salaries of internships acquired by K-State students.
Tips to Find & Succeed in Internship/ Co-op
- View various websites for internship, co-op, or summer jobs including your CES account.
- Various helpful websites for jobs related to career fields, geographic, government, etc.
- Key information to help you seek an internship or co-op.
- Tips to succeed in your internship or co-op.