GVSU Career Center

Experiential Learning @ GVSU

Gaining career-related experience while you are a student plays a vital role in your employability upon graduation. It also can help you narrow down your area(s) of interest if you are still undecided about your major or career field.

While internships can provide you with a direct work experience in your field of study, they may not always be the best place to start. You may want to consider some of these other forms of experiential education before jumping into an internship:

Student Employment - Working a part-time job while you are taking classes is a great way to not only earn some extra cash, but it will also equip you with some great skill sets. In addition, it may also help you identify industries, environments, or types of work you enjoy or dislike. For information on how to find a part-time job, contact the GVSU Student Employment Office at 616-331-3238 or student@gvsu.edu

Volunteer/Service-Learning - Similar to an internship, volunteering allows you to network with professionals in your career field and gain experience working in an industry of interest. However, you are typically not expected to have the experience or classes that may be necessary of intern. Beyond the experience you are receiving, volunteering is also a wonderful way to give back to your community. For information on how to get started, contact the GVSU Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu

Undergraduate Research - Participating in undergraduate research is a particularly good idea if you are interested in going on to graduate school. This will give you a chance to become more of an expert in a particular area within your field, as well as develop relationships with faculty on campus. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at 616-331-8100 or ours@gvsu.edu

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