Experiential Learning is the process by which students learn
through personal experience. Career-relevant skills, knowledge and experience
are gained outside of the classroom, through student-sought experiences such as
research, externships, internships or community service.
Through experiential learning, students gain experience by applying knowledge
to real-world problems. According to the 2013 Association of American Colleges
and University survey, employers endorse educational practices that engage
student in active, effortful work—practices such as internships, research, and
community engagements, among others.
As the economic climate continues to create challenges for graduates seeking
employment, gaining practical skills and real-world experience may provide an
advantage as a growing number of employers have come to expect to see these
types of experiences on applicants’ resumes (Gallup, 2014).