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Gain Knowledge From Experiential Learning. Career Development Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Overview:. Types of Experiential Learning Benefits of Experiential Learning Overview of Co-op, Summer, Volunteer, URP & Study Abroad CDC Resources Uncovering leads Where to begin.

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Gain knowledge from experiential learning

Gain Knowledge From Experiential Learning

Career Development Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Overview

Overview:

  • Types of Experiential Learning

  • Benefits of Experiential Learning

  • Overview of Co-op, Summer, Volunteer, URP & Study Abroad

  • CDC Resources

  • Uncovering leads

  • Where to begin


Types of experiential learning

Types of Experiential Learning

  • Cooperative Education

  • Summer Internship

  • Volunteer Work

  • Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

  • Other (Study Abroad, part-time Work)


Benefits of experiential learning

Benefits of Experiential Learning

  • Get a glimpse into various organizations and work environments

  • Insights into specific career fields or interests

  • Build your network!

  • In some cases, live somewhere new

  • However you choose to look at it, it generates personal growth!


Co op program at rensselaer

Co-op Program at Rensselaer

  • Students eligible after first year at RPI

  • Undergraduates: Work 2 terms (semester & summer)

  • Graduates: Work any 1 term (summer or semester)

  • Co-op must be paid

  • Work must relate to major

  • Students typically go out during junior year

  • Register for Co-op through the CDC

  • Assigned a CDC Counselor


Summer internships

Summer Internships

  • Who’s eligible? All students!

  • Summer term only

  • Can be paid/unpaid

  • Part-time or Full-time

  • Not always relevant to major

  • CDC does not have a formal registration process


Volunteer

Volunteer

  • Build resume by helping a cause you believe in

  • Learn new skills

  • Meet new people who may become part of your professional network

  • Learn about a new field or interest

  • Whatever the reason, you can feel good about what you are doing

  • Example Volunteer Groups: Circle K, Habitat for Humanity


Undergraduate research program urp

Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

  • Who’s eligible? All students from all schools!

  • Semester and Summer opportunities

  • Determine a faculty member with whom you would like to do research with

  • Listen for announcements in class or make an appointment to speak with a professor about their research

  • Try to do some research on the research you are interested in before speaking with faculty

  • Visit the Office of Undergraduate Education for more information: http://undergrad.rpi.edu/setup.do


Study abroad

Study Abroad

  • Rensselaer offers a number of international exchange opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, India etc.

  • Programs are intended primarily for the junior year

  • Generally, students need to have achieved and maintained a QPA of 3.0 or better in order to be seriously considered for an exchange or study abroad program.

  • Visit the Office of Undergraduate Education for more information: http://undergrad.rpi.edu/setup.do


Co op summer listings leads

Co-op/Summer Listings/Leads

  • CDC RedHawk-JobLink-annual activation required-view OCR and Open jobs

  • Employer Information Sessions-view a listing on RedHawk-JobLink each semester

  • Fall Career Fair(10/3/08-10/4/08) & Spring Career Fair (1/27/09)

  • Chamber of Commerce websites

    (Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) http://acchamber.org/home.aspx

  • Hidden Job Market (networking, association contacts)

  • See CDC website for additional job search sites


Find volunteer experience

Find Volunteer Experience

  • Attend Activities Fair each fall semester (8/28/08)

  • Rensselaer Union Groups

  • Volunteermatch.org


Where should you begin

Where should you begin?

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor or Mentor & discuss the best time for you to gain experience

  • If looking for Co-op/Summer work, you must get resume critiqued and stop in the CDC!

  • Read Co-op Work Reports in CDC Café

  • Research employers/volunteer organizations

  • Still unsure? Make an appointment to see a Counselor

  • If you are interested in a URP or Study Abroad, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Education.


It starts at the cdc

It starts at the CDC!

Visit the CDC website to learn more: www.cdc.rpi.edu


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