Experiential Education Programs
Experiential Education is a learning experience that extends beyond the classroom and campus of La Salle University, offering students unique opportunities:
- applying classroom theory to actual work situations;
- adding relevance to their academic program;
- developing an understanding of human relationships outside their peer group; and
- providing realistic vocational information and invaluable experience, as well as vital networking contacts.
Through Experiential Education programs, students will work in jobs related to their major(s) or career goals to gain valuable “real-world” experience while earning academic credit. Experiential Education at La Salle includes internship, cooperative education, and externship programs, as well as clinical, practicum, and field experiences.
Internships may take a variety of forms from part-time, non-paid, to full-time, paid employment opportunities. Internships are available throughout the year (especially during the fall or spring semester) and may range in length from three to six months. Internships are open to students of all majors who have completed at least their sophomore year as well as appropriate academic requirements. Students must be in “good academic standing” but may also be required to maintain a minimum GPA set by their academic department.
Cooperative education or co-op programs are offered through both the schools of Arts and Sciences and Business. Co-ops are available throughout the academic year and typically involve full-time, paid work experiences three to six months in length. Students may engage in multiple work assignments during their college career.
Externship opportunities are most commonly available for students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Externships are typically full-time, paid experiences, most often available during the summer months.
Certain departments require their students to participate in a hands-on environment through clinical, practicum, or field experiences, as necessitated by their accrediting agencies. At La Salle, these departments include Nursing, Education, and Social Work. Clinical experiences are integrated into the Nursing and five-year Speech-Language-Hearing Science curricula and combine both classroom preparation and multiple “rotations” in hospital or healthcare-related facilities. Practicum or field experiences range from one to three semesters of work or service assignments completed by a student as part of an academic class. Check your academic department requirements or course listings.
It is highly recommended that students investigate and prepare for internship and co-op opportunities before completing their sophomore year. For students participating in full-time internships and co-ops during the academic semesters, early academic planning is crucial in order to graduate in four years. With the help of Career and Employment Services, students will prepare a resume, practice their interview skills, and identify and apply to employers who participate in La Salle's experiential education programs.
For more information, contact Career and Employment Services at 215.951.1075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lasalle.edu/get-experience.