Experiential learning opportunities are an integral way for students to gain insight into the world of work, explore vocation, and participate in servant leadership. A student can explore everything from Accounting to Zoology. In Career Services we view experiential learning as having three main components:
- Preparation – including finding a site, interviewing, identifying a supervisor, setting goals for the experience and learning how to make the most of their experience
- Experience – including working with a supervisor and co-workers to not only develop job skills but to learn about vocational choices and journaling as a part of active reflection
- Reflection – including making sense of the student’s experience and what it means for their future vocational choices; implementation of this reflection between our different programs
Ultimately, these "co-curricular" experiences will enhance not only our students’ vocational or job choices, but also their academic choices when it comes to decisions related to majors/minors or graduate/professional school.
Through Career Services, students may receive assistance in developing these off-campus experiences through the Career Study Off-Campus program, the WalkAbout job shadowing program, and the GO (Global Outreach) Fellowship. Additionally, the service provides guidance on finding additional internship opportunities in a variety of fields through other Austin College sponsored programs or any one of numerous non-college related experiences.
Internships on Roo Connect
Roo Connect is Austin College’s free, easy-to-use online career management system available 24/7! Roo Connect allows an employer to post and manage an unlimited number of jobs and internships, to conduct student searches for qualified applicants, and to register for career events. Austin College students and alumni are able to view and apply for jobs and internships online, to upload cover letters and resumes for employer viewing, and to contact employers regarding specific opportunities. Online resume and cover letter critiques are performed weekly by Career Services staff.
2015-2016 Student Interns with Congress John Ratcliffe's Office. Left to right: Grant Marcinko '16, Michael Lindsey '18, Congressman John Ratcliffe, Emily MacDonald '18, Austin Foley '17.