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The Internship, Co-op, and Individualized Learning programs are part of the Elon University General Studies Program which promotes experiential learning by requiring that students complete an Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) before graduation.
The Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) prepares students for lives of meaningful work and service. By engaging students in opportunities that integrate knowledge and experience, the ELR fosters an understanding and life-long appreciation for learning. Students engage in a process that includes preparation, action, and reflection to develop the habits of mind required to learn effectively from experience and the commitment to put knowledge into action as socially responsible global citizens. The ELR can be met through internships/co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research, service-learning, leadership, individualized learning, or other courses with ELR designation.
An internship is a carefully monitored work experience that relates to the student’s academic curriculum and/or career goals and earns academic credit for a grade. It is an educational strategy that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with work-based learning in a professional setting. It is an academic endeavor that is planned with intentional learning goals, careful observation, and structured critical reflection about the phenomena being studied. It is required of business and communications majors and offered by almost all other majors, can be part-time or full-time, and can be paid or unpaid. It is noted on both the academic and co-curricular transcripts. It enhances academic knowledge, personal development, and professional preparation. Eighty-nine percent of 2011 graduates reported completing an internship during their college career. Students have completed internships in a wide variety of places, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, The White House, IBM, National Geographic, US State Department, Walt Disney World, MTV, the major television networks and more.
Co-op stands for Cooperative Education and is similar to an internship at Elon. The co-op program follows the same policies as those in the internship program and is operated by The Office of Career Services staff. Co-ops earn elective credit, not major or minor credits.
Individualized learning is a carefully monitored work or service experience that relates to the student’s academic curriculum and/or career goals but does not carry academic credit. It satisfies the ELR and is customized for students. It is similar to a one-credit internship in terms of assignments and time spent on the job. A minimum of 40 hours of work on-site is required. Examples of individualized experiences for students include off campus work experiences, teaching assistant positions, and on campus experiences.
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