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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