Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

For Students

Opportunities for Students to Engage beyond Loyola

There are many opportunities for Loyola students to engage in experiential learning locally, nationally and internationally. The Center for Experiential Learning provides the following heuristic to explain these opportunities, including those available to students through collaboration with other departments such as the Office of International Programs, the Career Development Center, the University Fellowships Office, the Office of Student Life, and Ministry.

Take ACTION!, our resource guide for Loyola community partners, contains descriptions of a wide range of community agencies where Loyola students have engaged (and continue to engage!) in and around Chicago.

Community Service/Volunteerism:  Loyola students can engage in community service by participating in one of Loyola's many structured community service programs (such as Loyola4Chicago), through Ministry or the Office of Student Life, or by volunteering on their own at an area community organization. 

Service-Learning Each semester, students have the opportunity to enroll in one or more of the service-learning courses listed by the Center for Experiential Learning.  Service-learning allows students to enhance their understanding of course content while meeting real community needs by serving at a relevant organization as part of an academic class.

Field Experience:  Students who are considering various career options can engage with an area organization to learn about “a day in the life” through job shadowing, informational interviewing, and clinical/observation hours.  Students should meet with a career advisor in the Career Development Center or with their academic department to discuss field experience opportunities.

Study Abroad:  Studying abroad allows students to immerse themselves in a different culture, learn a different language, and experience life in a new country as part of their academic career.  Loyola's many popular Study Abroad programs are administered by the Office of International Programs.

Internship/Practicum:  As interns, students engage in a long term commitment with more intensive work responsibilities at an organization to gain professional experience and possibly academic credit, depending on academic program requirements, faculty approval, and/or position availability.  Students can contact the Center for Experiential Learning or their academic department for more information.  Some student experiences can also be supported by an academic fellowship program.  Contact the Fellowships Office for more information about these resources.