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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:


Participating in an internship is an important element in planning for post-graduation success. Practical, experiential learning outside the classroom is critical to developing essential skill sets not otherwise taught in the classroom setting.

Internship experience will enable students to make informed choices about their post-graduation career paths. The experience is also a valuable asset once the full-time application process begins. Through the guided reflection component of our internship program, students learn to talk about their work experience in concrete terms and to demonstrate specific accomplishments relevant to an employer's needs.

Learn more about internships 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.