When Experience Matters Most: Learn by Doing

Experiential Learning means gaining active, hands-on experience in the real world as a part of your academic field of study and career development.

 Through several forms of experiential learning, you can:

  • Obtain career-related experience
  • Explore career interest and clarify future career goals
  • Network with professionals in your field and identify potential mentors
  • Improve your post-graduation job prospects
  • Earn recognition for your experience through transcript notation or course credit


Experiential Learning occurs through a variety of activities such as:

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education (co-op) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience.  Students who participate in the program will receive an official notation on their academic transcript.  Co-ops are paid and can be multi-semesters experiences (40 hours per week).


An internship is most often a summer experience and/or a semester experience (10-15 hours per week) that may be paid or unpaid.  It allows the student to apply classroom theories to practical work.


Take advantage of the opportunity to conduct research, participate in a creative or service-learning project, or showcase your work through symposia and publications. North Carolina A&T State University’s Division of Research and Economic Development encourages students to engage in research, innovation, and scholarship through a variety of programs.


Getting involved in a recognized student organization on campus offers students the opportunity to locate rewarding leadership roles while also gaining valuable experience — both of which employers are always seeking.  North Carolina A&T State University’s  (N.C. A&T) Student Government Association (SGA) provides NCAT students with representation, services, and advocacy within the University structure. Additionally, NCAT has over 125 recognized student organizations on campus. Many of these require student leadership to coordinate and organize, which helps students build their leadership skills.