Applied 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 applied 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. Career Services provides guidance on finding internship opportunities in a variety of fields through Austin College sponsored programs or any one of numerous non-college related experiences.
Applied Learning: 2017-present: Web Intern, Austin College Information Technology; Summer 2020: Sales Strategy & Planning Internship, McAfee, Plano; Summer 2019: Accounting Assistant, Advanced Foundation Repair, Dallas; Summer 2018: Team Member, AmeriCorps Equal Heart, Dallas.
Additional Internship Opportunities:
- Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation: The SEPA program is designed to increase Austin College student engagement in the local community and collaboration with local nonprofit agencies.
- Environmental Studies Competitive Internships: The Center for Environmental Studies offers competitive summer internships with outstanding environmental organizations that each offer an opportunity to spend part of the summer with a small but nationally known organization that is a recognized leader in its field.
- Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies: CSMS works individually with each student to make a placement that reflects student interests and abilities.
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