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Experience makes a difference

“In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.” - Lewis and Williams (1994)

The Social Sciences Office of Experiential Education (EE) offers a unique combination of education, career planning and practical experience.

Contact our office as early as your first year to find out how, over the course of your academic career, we can help you combine your education with hands-on experience, linked to careers and the community, to ensure you get the most out of your university learning experience. 

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Audrey Tan


Health, Aging and Society

"The first thing I do now when preparing to write a cover letter is refer to my 2EL0 course materials, which are full of helpful tips. Although the course is mandatory to apply in order to apply for internships, I would recommend it even if you aren't thinking of applying to one. With the focus more on career development and preparation for the work force, I found this course invaluable."

Eligibility

Activities offered through EE are available to undergraduate students who meet the defined criteria.

Internships

Internships allow you to explore careers, develop employability skills and make important contacts for now and after graduation.

Career Placements

Unpaid job shadow experiences that provide exposure to various occupations/professions in a field as preparation for future careers.

Academic Placements

Unpaid, community-based experiences linking the theories learned in class to the diverse aspects of the community around you.

Funding and Awards

Funding options support diverse student experiences such as research, advocacy, local and global community engagement, and more.

Experiential Education Courses

Learn through hands-on experience and activities. Explore our EE Courses.

 

Events and Workshops

We bring employers to you and bring you to the workplace. Make connections, develop leadership skills, and get a jump start on your career.

Career Ready through EE

Access an online career assessment tool, learn how to identify your job skills, and more!