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Programs Overview

The Office of Experiential Learning is an academic unit in College of Undergraduate Studies, providing real-world applied learning experiences to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. These work experiences occur locally, nationally, internationally in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies. We work with employers to develop cooperative education (co-op) and internship opportunities. We then refer eligible students to employers for multiple semester, paid co-op and one semester, paid or unpaid internship experiences.

When a successful match between student and employer is made, students are enrolled in an experiential learning course, and one of our faculty members guides the student's learning through the use of learning objectives, worksite visits, and reflective assignments. A supervisor at the worksite directs the student's professional activities. Students in certain majors may be eligible for course credit and should check with their academic advisor to see if this is a possibility

Benefits

Success depends on all constituencies benefitting from the process. Student benefits include:

  1. clarifying academic and career goals
  2. developing personal, academic, and work skills
  3. applying classroom theory to realistic work settings
  4. providing major- or career-related work experience
  5. increasing professional relationships
  6. granting access to state-of-the-art techniques and equipment
  7. enhancing prospects for employment upon graduation
  8. offering competitive salaries
Eligibility Criteria

Four criteria determine your eligibility for the Experiential Learning program. To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a full-time degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student at UCF
  2. Have completed a minimum of twenty credit hours demonstrating your readiness to add another commitment to your schedule
  3. For co-op, be available to work at least two consecutive semesters prior to graduation excluding the semester in which you apply. For internship, be available to work at least one complete semester prior to graduation
  4. Maintain a 2.5/4.0 overall grade point average