At Empire College, a variety of applied learning experiences are available, including internships/externships and service learning. Each of the opportunities involve “learning by doing,” have learning objectives relevant to academic or career pursuits, and build real-world skills.
Applied learning integrates classroom learning with real-world situations. Participating in applied learning opportunities helps you:
- Translate classroom knowledge to real-world situations
- Develop a deeper understanding of course materials
- Gain real-world skills that are valued by potential employers
- Build a network
INTERNSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS: The job market is constantly changing with new technologies, procedures, and methods. Applied learning provides students in all disciplines the opportunity to engage in a hands-on, experiential learning environment with industry professionals. Empire College partners with local employers for internships and externships through which students gain practical application of the skills they acquired in the classroom and continue to expand their levels of competency. Faculty advisors in the Business School coordinate all internships/externships for students during their last quarter of studies.
SERVICE LEARNING: Defined as a form of experiential learning in which students combine classroom experience with community-based service, Empire College’s service learning program benefits a wide spectrum of the local community. In addition to the commitment of human resources through services ranging from health screenings to income tax preparation to legal advice, Empire’s community outreach involves raising thousands of dollars and donating facility space to local nonprofits. Each of Empire’s academic programs is designed to hone students’ skill sets through project-based learning as well as to foster volunteerism and the importance of community involvement.