Experiential education is an integral part of the VSB curriculum. Every undergraduate student is encouraged to participate in externship/leadership programs and complete at least one business internship or CoOp experience as a means of gaining real-world experience and applying knowledge gained in the classroom. Participation in Externship/Leadership Programs, part-time or full-time internships and CoOp experiences provides students with valuable opportunities to:
- Make the connection between business theory and practice
- Gain insights into career interests and “test the waters” before committing to a specific career path or profession
- Explore what it is really like to work in a particular industry or organization on a daily basis
- Develop a competitive edge by having proven business experience to offer future employers
- Earn a full-time job offer with an internship employer, as many organizations utilize their internship programs as a pipeline for entry-level hires
The Clay Center and the O’Donnell Center for Professional Development provides assistance to students around a variety of experiential education opportunities. The Rise to the Top: Internships & CoOps Educational Series informs students of available opportunities, prepares them to actively participate in the internship search, and provides appropriate support along the way.
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