Experiential Education involves exposing students to professional business opportunities outside of the classroom. The aim of these experiences is to help students create and clarify career goals, discover or confirm passions, and prepare them for the ultimate transition from student to working professional.

The ways we support Experiential Education vary, and can accommodate a range of students' time and levels of commitment. There are currently three ways in which students can engaged in Experiential Education:


Similar to "job shadowing," students can work closely with individuals within organizations to observe anything from specific roles to the operations of a business unit. Externships can take place over one day, or extend over weeks and even months.

What is an externship?

An externship experience is a one-day opportunity for students to gain understanding of a business, industry, and/or job function, to ask questions, and to observe day-to-day business operations. It also encourages students, alumni, and organizations to forge strong and valuable connections. An externship is not for academic credit and students are not compensated, but the experience will be greatly beneficial to both students and hosts.

Academic Internship Courses

Quinlan offers two business internship classes, BSAD 300 and BSAD 351, in which students work in internships during the same academic terms as the course enrollments. BSAD 300 is a variable-credit (1-3) course for elective credit, while BSAD 351 is a three-credit course that satisfies the University's Core Engaged Learning requirement.