Experiential Learning (Internships)

Experiential Learning (EL) is an umbrella term for student work and observation experiences. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is focused on the student’s kinesthetic abilities.  EL opportunities come both paid and unpaid. EL opportunities vary by employer, type, and student goals.

How to apply for Experiential Learning Opportunities:

Internships are posted through HireARattler powered by Handshake. All FAMU students are provided a free account. To find internships and other EL opportunities log into (Hire A Rattler)

You can also locate opportunities through the following means:

  • Career Fair and Expo
  • Campus Networking Events
  • Employer Job Boards
  • Faculty and Staff within your College or School
  • Networking with Alumni
  • Organization Websites
  • Friends and Family
  • LinkedIn and Other Social Media

Tools needed to apply:

  • Develop a Cover Letter Specific and a High-Quality Resume
  • Interview Skills Preparation (There are many types of interviews, including Behavioral-Based, Case, and Technical)
  • An Application on the Employer’s Webpage

How to Perform During Your Experiential Learning:

Getting Recognized

The internship is a courtship between you and the organization. You are trying to determine if this is the best fit for you and likewise for the organization. Arrive early, complete projects on time, ask good questions, and seek additional work once you complete your projects.

Working Responsibly

Focus on completing your projects by asking questions before and throughout the project. Seek assistance from peers or others on the work team to ensure you are completing the projects effectively. As an intern, you are learning, so there will be some mistakes.

Look for Assignment to Perform

Understand how your project contributes to the bigger picture. Also, understand the deadline for projects from the department and how your project impacts the company’s success. If you complete your project helps others to impact the company’s processes.

Selecting a Mentor

It is always good to identify someone in the organization who can help you understand the company culture and help you develop business etiquette

Communicating with Your Supervisor

At the onset of your internship, communicate with your supervisor the days you plan to take off during the summer for vacation. Schedule regular weekly meetings to discuss projects, expectations, get feedback on your performance, and ask questions.

Working with Peers

It is always fun to get to know others your age at the organization. Keep the relationships positive and professional. Try to avoid dating at the workplace and partying too much after work. Watch your language and remember these are colleagues.

Converting to Full Time

If you are working as an intern between your junior and senior year, please make sure you step up your performance and ask about securing a full-time offer before you return to school

Professionalism

Understand the culture. Learn what acceptable attire is. Always have that fresh, cleaned suit to wear if needed. Understand the difference between business casual attire and professional attire

Articulating Your Skills Gained

Be sure to update your resume with your experience. Speak to your friends about the skills you gained. Add this language to your elevator pitch

Be a Team Player

Readily accept new assignments and help other complete their tasks as well. Communicate with diverse individuals on the team and accept others’ points of view.

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