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Mission

Our Mission is to enhance academic study and student competency development, promote regional economic vitality, and build ongoing partnership with employers and community.
GOALS
  1. To ensure that all students have access to and include experiential learning courses in their academic programs to apply course content and gain relevant academic, personal and professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to become work-ready and civically engaged citizens upon graduation.
  2. To provide on-going professional development and support for department faculty to create and instruct quality internship and service-learning courses.
  3. Build strong partnerships with employers and community partners to produce strong learning environments for students while meeting workforce development needs.
Objectives:

Experiential Learning faculty instruct co-op and internship courses, support faculty in the creation and development of internship and service-learning courses, provide best practices workshops, facilitate incentive funding approval processes against criteria, promote applied learning to students and maintain statistics on applied learning across campus. All of these options require the development and maintenance of relationships with industrial and community partners.

 
Cooperative Education
Internships
Service-Learning
Definition
Students gain practical relevant work experience over a period of multiple terms
Students gain practical relevant work experience over a period of one term
Students learn and then apply course content as part of a community service project
When to Apply
After the completion of 20 semester hours and be able to commit to working multiple semesters before graduation
Within the last 2 years of their program of study
Anytime
Supervision
Faculty supervision
Faculty supervision
Faculty supervision
Length
Multiple semesters
1 Semester
Faculty supervision
Relation to Major
Multiple semesters
1 Semester
A designated time frame within the semester
Credit
May or may not be taken for credit
May or may not be taken for credit
Credit received as part of course credit
Academic Notation
Related to major or career goal
Major-related
May or may not be major related
Credit
May or may not be taken for credit
May or may not be taken for credit
Credit received as part of course credit
Academic Notation
Shows on transcript
Shows on transcript
Certificate available
Compensation
Always paid
May or may not be paid
Not paid
Work Schedule
Flexible around classes
Flexible around classes
Flexible around classes
How to Apply
Visit the page and submit an application.
Visit the Internships page and send in a resume.
Only offered through professors as part of course credit.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic program that allows students to apply classroom theory in practical work settings and gain personal, academic and work skills over multiple semesters. Cooperative education at UCF is one of the largest programs in the country and assists more students in more disciplines and colleges than any other university in Florida.

  1. Multiple semesters, starting as early as sophomore year
  2. Progressively responsible experiences, usually with the same employer
  3. Structured for learning
  4. Major-related
  5. Off-campus
  6. Always paid
  7. For credit if it will count in a students degree program
Internships
Internships are:
  1. One semester, usually toward the end of the student's academic program
  2. Major-related
  3. Off-campus
  4. Usually for credit
  5. Paid or unpaid
  6. Structured for learning
Internships are obtained through:
  1. The Experiential Learning office
  2. Visit the prospective student page to apply
  3. Click here to browse additional internship opportunities managed by UCF partners
  4. Departmental faculty or internship coordinators in departments
  5. Click here to view internship information and requirements by department

Service-Learning

UCF defines service-learning as "a teaching method that uses community involvement to apply theories or skills being taught in a course. Service-learning furthers the learning objectives of the academic course, addresses community needs, and requires students to reflect on their activity in order to gain an appreciation for the relationship between civics and academics."

UCF defines service-learning as "a teaching method that uses community involvement to apply theories or skills being taught in a course. Service-learning furthers the learning objectives of the academic course, addresses community needs, and requires students to reflect on their activity in order to gain an appreciation for the relationship between civics and academics."

Service-learning is part of the UCF initiative to provide a means for every student to enhance their academic program with experiential learning opportunities. As a teaching method, service-learning enables students to take academics out of the classroom and into the community in an effort to promote civic engagement. By working with community partners such as non-profit organizations, public schools, government agencies, campus groups, or businesses with specifically philanthropic missions, students develop skills and and knowledge that will help them to become civically responsible members of the community.

Service-learning is a reciprocal process that involves faculty, students, and the community. Faculty members reinvigorate teaching by engaging students in academic and social concerns. Students connect theory to practice and foster civic responsibility by developing a relationship with like-minded community partners. The community receives an infusion of people power and access to university resources enabling them to explore new ideas and generate energy in community agencies.

How to Register for a Service-Learning Course

To participate in Service-Learning at UCF, all you need to do is register for a course designated as Service-Learning. To do this, use the Class Search tool in MyUCF. In the Special Course Groups field, select Service-Learning. You will see a list of S-L courses offered that semester. Choose one and register for it or simply call the service-learning program director at 407-823-4395 for assistance. It's that easy!