FSU Foundation

Experiential Learning

Student Success Initiatives

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Getting an education happens in more than just the classroom. At Florida State University, we’re reimagining the way our students learn, which is why we are proud to be the largest university in the country to adopt an experiential learning requirement for undergraduates.

What is experiential learning? E.L. opportunities are hands-on, real world experiences that give students the chance to learn by doing. This may include internships, service-learning, research or creative activity, international study and more.

By ensuring every undergraduate, no matter their background or circumstance, has access to transformative, career-building experiences, Florida State will produce one of the most diverse and robust talent pipelines in the nation who are ready to take on the world.

From providing internship opportunities to funding Seminoles traveling abroad, there are many great ways to support experiential learning at Florida State.

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Fund E.L. Opportunities

Make a gift to one of the many existing funds and help provide assistance for worthy students to participate in these life-changing experiences.

Provides FSU flexibility to support a variety of E.L. experiences based on demand and available resources.

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Provide E.L. Opportunities

Engage with students through special programs that give students opportunities to discover and participate in experiential learning.

#HireANole by posting internships or job openings through the Career Center’s online career services database.

Take a Nole to work and provide an invaluable one-day shadowing experience for students seeking industry insights.

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Dress for E.L. Success

Help students make a positive impression by looking their professional best throughout their E.L. opportunity search.

Provides FSU students access to free professional attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews and the workplace.

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Mentor E.L. Students

Willing to assist current students in their career development? We are seeking your career expertise!

Share your professional advice and expertise with curious students through the ProfessioNole Mentors program.

FSU career shadowing program recognized with national award

Florida State University News, Released April 30, 2020

FSUshadow, one of the signature programs for the Florida State University Career Center, has won a national award of excellence.

The program, led by Geneva Scott, senior assistant director for experiential learning at The Career Center, received the Best Practices Education Award for 2020 from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), a national nonprofit organization that specializes in professional development and cooperative education.

The Best Practices Award is given annually to a higher-education program that offers creative and innovative solutions, creates a positive change in overall institutional operations and is replicable for other institutions to adapt. 

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