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We encourage all students and employers to formalize any internship experience. This means that the intern will enroll in a special course that will help the student develop specific learning objectives for the experience. These objectives allow both the employer and the intern to know exactly what is expected during the internship experience. Students who are interested in beginning the process to receive academic credit for their internship are encouraged to visit with their academic department or contact student services at 785-826-2639.

Experiential learning is gained through experiences such as work or volunteer opportunities that help you . . .

  • Explore and clarify career interests.
  • Foster personal and professional growth while developing a professional network .
  • Build upon classroom knowledge while improving transferable skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and technology.

4 Types of Experiential Learning:

  • Internships:  Paid or unpaid work in a field directly related to the student’s area of study.
  • Co-ops:  Extended (usually two semesters) full-time paid internship.
  • Volunteer:  Unpaid experiences ranging from one-time “shadowing” to regular ongoing participation with an organization.
  • Part-Time/Summer:  Short-term or extended on- or off-campus work experiences.

Fast Facts about Experiential Learning

  • 75% of U.S. undergraduate students will complete internship/ co-op before graduation.
  • Over 80% of companies use experiential learning programs to identify talent and recruit full-time employees.
  • Employers hire 50% of their intern/ co-op students as employees after graduation.
  • View employers and salaries of internships acquired by K-State students.

Tips to Find & Succeed in Internship/ Co-op


Employer Evaluation
Journal Entry Guidelines
Presentation Evaluation
Student Evaluation of Internship
Final Report
Learning Objective
Learning Objective Worksheet
Responsibility and Conduct
Internship Agreement