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Work-integrated & Experiential Learning Courses

Experiences

Employment in any form while you attend ASU can be a Work-integrated learning experience if you intentionally reflect and understand the skills you develop. Utilize Work+ while you work to take advantage of resources and events to help you get the most out of your employment experience. Check out ASU's Student Employment website for job listings through ASU and resources on how to find part-time work that aligns with your interests and schedule or Handshake for even more postings.

Work simulations give you the opportunity to test out different jobs at a wide range of companies. Forage offers virtual job simulations you can do on your own.

Your courses may already have projects built in where you work on a challenge as a group. These are great examples of work-integrated learning you can highlight as skill-building experiences.

Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in their chosen field while still in school. They typically involve working for a company or organization for a set period of time, usually a semester or a summer, and can be either paid or unpaid. Internships may be part-time or full-time and can be completed during the academic year or over the summer break. Access thousands of internship postings through Handshake.

Micro-internships are short-term, project-based work experiences that typically last a few weeks to a few months. They are often remote and can be completed alongside a student's coursework. Micro-internships can be a great way for students to gain experience in their chosen field, build their network, and earn money. They are also a good option for students who are unable to commit to a traditional internship due to other commitments. Students at ASU can access micro-internships through Parker Dewey.

With applied research, you have the opportunity to find practical solutions to real-world problems. You can find a wealth of research opportunities through ASU and can start here and with your academic department.

Helping the community in almost any form is a great way to learn and develop your skills. Service learning is where you volunteer or work on community improvement projects and intentionally reflect on your experience to understand what you've learned.

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Case Study

For my senior capstone I gave a 45 min symposium for personal trainers in the community. Titled “Empowering the Trainer: Best Practices in Personal Training”, I discussed how exercise promotes longevity, improves quality of life, and covered topics such as current exercise recommendations, warming up, resistance and aerobic training, stretching, overuse injury, the barriers of exercise and how to influence others to exercise. This project undoubtedly promoted personal growth in the areas of research methods and interpersonal communication.

Jonathan O’Neill
Kinesiology

Work-integrated Learning Examples

  • Forage

    Forage

    [Virtual]

    Not ready to commit to an internship or aren't sure what kind of business you want to experience? Forage offers many different free, business-related virtual job simulations you can do on your own.

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    Work+

    [Anywhere]

    Work+ provides opportunities to grow and apply the skills and mindsets for the digital future. Working learners access a myriad of resources to develop 8 work competencies valued by employers as top career readiness characteristics.

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    Global Service Learning Classroom

    [Anywhere]

    ASU students have an opportunity to join 1 of 3 different projects in Honduras and Panama. Participants meet with community members in real time online along with a project facilitator to identify a project and build an implementation plan.

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    The Luminosity Lab

    [Arizona-based]

    Utilize strategic design, systems thinking, and rapid product realization to develop and deploy ideas, tools, and technologies that provide unconventional and effective solutions to complex challenges.

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    Principled Innovation Academy

    [Arizona-based]

    Learn new strategies and methods for how to tackle any challenge or problem through the Principled Innovation Academy (PIA).

  • Project ECHO

    [Arizona-based]

    Students, shape healthcare's future with ASU's Project ECHO! Gain hands-on experience, work with specialists and local physicians, and impact lives. Join as participants, volunteers, or take a credited experiential learning course supporting Project ECHO. It's not just telemedicine; it's your chance to make a real difference!