Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO) 


At CUNY, experiential and applied learning opportunities should be a transformational component of the undergraduate experience. Educational research indicates that high-impact practices that take ideas and concepts beyond the classroom can increase rates of student retention and student engagement, and can be beneficial in shaping their longer-term personal development as critical and creative thinkers. These practices, known at CUNY as Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO), take many different forms, all of which allow “learners to have direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop individual capacity to contribute to their communities.”(Association for Experiential Education)

CUNY’s categorical definitions of ELO​

Formal Internship - Paid

Formal Internship - Unpaid

Independent Internship - Paid

Independent Internship - Unpaid

Co-Operative Education - Paid

Service Learning/Community Service

Clinical Preparation/Practicum

Research/Field Study

Campus- Or University-Based Work And/Or Leadership

Civic Engagement

International Applied Learning Opportunities

CUNY Experiential Learning Initiatives