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Office of Experiential Learning

Trinity University’s Office of Experiential Learning seeks to expand learning outside of the classroom. By fostering challenging environments, engaging in reflective learning, and nurturing community engagement, the Office of Experiential Learning enhances students’ impact on Trinity, San Antonio, and communities around the world.

The Office of Experiential Learning expands learning opportunities in four areas:

Internships 

Experiential learning is critical for developing marketable skill sets to complement classroom learning. An internship is a part-time or full-time professional experience that has a direct connection to one's career goals or major. Typically lasting one semester or a summer, an internship allows students to experience firsthand what happens daily in a specific career field, industry, or organization. Applying knowledge and skills in work environments helps students make informed decisions about their post-graduation career paths.

Three elements guide Trinity’s internship program

Structured Plan

A detailed job description is crucial for setting up a high quality learning experience. Outline daily responsibilities and larger projects the intern will complete. Include the qualifications you would like to see in candidates and instructions on how to apply. Download this template for writing internship descriptions.

Substantive work

The student and host organization benefit most when the intern’s contributions impact the organization in a measurable way.

Mentorship

Provide regular feedback on work performance and talk with interns about career exploration, effective workplace habits, and developing skills.

Employers and community partners learn more about connecting with Trinity interns.

Students learn more about internship opportunities at Trinity.


Community Service and Service-Learning 

At Trinity, students can find service projects ranging from on campus to across the globe. Community service and service learning initiatives support and challenge students in their development as individuals and as responsible global citizens. Education, volunteerism, and reflection are integral to the experiences.

Service-learning combines classroom learning with meeting a community need. Many instructors have included service-learning in their courses as a way of furthering student learning while also serving the community. These courses range from education classes to political science and many more.

TUVAC, the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community, helps connect volunteers to community service programs, helps to bridge the social gap between Trinity University and the greater San Antonio community, and raises awareness of issues pertaining to social responsibility.

Learn more about community service at Trinity.


Undergraduate Research 

Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. At Trinity, undergraduate students work directly with faculty members in innovative research. Students co-author papers that are published in leading academic journals, and give presentations at national conferences.

Learn more about undergraduate research at Trinity, or read about research projects on our undergraduate research blog.


Course Projects

Trinity students are encouraged to think beyond the classroom by applying textbook knowledge to hands-on projects. Across all disciplines, students participate in course projects that often have direct ties to local businesses, community initiatives, or research applications. In many facets of the Pathways curriculum, students are required to complete course projects or beyond the classroom experiences.