Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the process through which students translate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom into real world professional work experiences. Students will gain skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, analytical thinking and writing in non-academic settings. These skills can then be applied in internships, undergraduate research and professional work experiences. The goal is to promote career development and provide students with the experience they need to be better prepared for a career.


Handshake is the University’s off campus job board. It connects students with thousands of job and internship opportunities all over the world and is accessible to all University of Nevada, Reno students. Just login, create a profile, browse and apply to positions that have been approved through the Nevada Career Studio.

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The Importance of Internships

Securing an internship is a great way to gain experiences and test-drive a career. We encourage all student to pursue at least one internship while in college, and to participate as early as your freshman/sophomore years. Students can participate in multiple internship opportunities throughout their academic career. Post-graduation, employers will be seeking students who have participated in internships, service-learning and other experiential learning opportunities.

Timeline for Seeking Internships for Academic Credit

If you would like to receive academic credit for an internship, advanced planning is essential. The process of getting an internship approved could take upwards of two months, but we encourage you to work on this the semester prior to when you wish to participate in the internship. If students do not plan in advance they may not have adequate time to collect all of the required documents and therefore may not receive academic credit. Students should seek information from their faculty advisors early in their academic planning to incorporate this valuable experience.


If you need assistance or have paperwork to submit regarding internships for liberal arts students, please contact Aqueelah Thompson. You can review the policy Internship, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement within the University Administrative Manual. All internship forms can be found on the Nevada Career Studio website. Please contact the Nevada Career Studio if you would like to have a customized career workshop by our staff to present to your classroom.

If you have questions about service-learning and civic engagement (episodic volunteering), please find the contacts below, and submit paperwork to the following individuals: