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 responsible global citizens.


Due to COVID-19 concerns, the process for School of Communication’s internships may have changed. Please reference their website at for the most up to date information.

Internships are a great way to satisfy one or both units of Elon’s ELR requirement over the summer, while also gaining valuable professional experience specific to your career interests.

Understanding the Academic Components of an Internship

Internships consist of more than the hours you will complete on-site. To earn academic credit for an internship, you also must complete assignments that support your application or integration of your disciplinary learning and your reflection on the internship in relation to your learning goals. You can expect your faculty mentor or internship director to provide a syllabus that outlines these assignments.

Costs of Internships

  • If you complete an internship for credit during the summer, you will need to pay tuition for the credit hours. Review summer tuition and fees (per credit hour).
  • In addition to tuition, you should anticipate the cost of transportation to and from your internship site. For example, even an internship in Alamance County may require fees.

Who Do I Contact about Completing an Internship this Summer?

Please carefully read the following instructions for each school’s internship program:

Learn more about summer internships


Due to COVID-19, Leadership ELR processes might have changed. Students engaged in a leadership experience (virtual engagement included), leading or doing work with an organization can complete the Leadership ELR workbook over the summer. Leadership experiences or positions must be approved by the Center for Leadership. Students interested in the Leadership ELR should complete the interest form online (

You can complete the Leadership ELR over the summer by having a formal leadership role/position or through a self-identified initiative to create positive change. Students doing a Leadership ELR are provided a leadership workbook that will enhance their leadership experience by providing the opportunity to reflect on and improve their leadership acumen. Each student must also identify an advisor or mentor to help guide their ELR experience and must engage in at least 40 hours of activity during the duration of the project or leadership experience. Once you sign up for the Leadership ELR, you will be given more information and the workbook to start your experience.
Learn more & sign up to start the Leadership ELR


Due to COVID-19, Service Learning ELR processes may have changed. Students should work with one community partner to identify if there are safe opportunities for direct service or virtual involvement. The hours spent on these activities should be tracked by the student. All students must complete the workbook and conduct telephone interviews with site supervisors to get the necessary information.

The Service ELR can be completed during the summer in Alamance County, domestically or internationally.  Students should contact Mary Morrison, Assistant Dean of Campus Life/Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, by spring semester Reading Day at to make an appointment to review the ELR workbook and approve their community partner before they start volunteering. Mary Morrison offers drop-in office hours from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Moseley 230.
Learn more about summer service-learning opportunities 

Undergraduate Research

Due to COVID-19 concerns, it is possible that independent research in the summer of 2020 may have to occur online-only. Students can register for 499 credits in Summer Session I or II. They need to find a faculty mentor to support their research and the experience must be approved by the mentor and department chair. The deadline for registration for Summer Session I is June 1, 2020 and for Summer Session II it is July 10, 2020.

The summer offers students an opportunity to complete the Undergraduate Research ELR in one of two ways:

  • Enroll in Independent Research 499 for course credit (note that students will be required to pay tuition) in Summer Session I and/or II. Students can enroll in 499 in any semester that classes are offered, including summer sessions. Learn more about 499 enrollment.
  • Take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Students must apply (competitive application due in December) for an opportunity to participate. SURE is only offered during an 8-week period, late May-late July. Students do not earn course credit for SURE, but they do earn two ELRs. Students also are paid a $3,000 stipend and provided on-campus housing (if needed) for the duration of the program. Learn more about SURE and view the application. The deadline for SURE applications is in December of the academic year preceding the summer experience.

For questions about these opportunities, contact Meredith Allison, Director of Undergraduate Research, at
Learn more about Undergraduate Research at Elon

Global Engagement

Due to COVID-19, global engagement opportunities may change throughout the summer. Any ELR credit will be tied to the specific program’s successful initiation; students who absolutely need ELR credit for this term and have been adversely affected by a program’s cancellation should contact Assistant Dean of Global Education Dr. Matthew Buckmaster for accommodations at

In the Global Education Center’s (GEC) summer affiliate programs, you will take part in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. organization or directly enroll in classes at a university abroad. These programs are carefully vetted to ensure that they align with Elon University standards for study abroad. Students can meet major requirements and continue progress towards their Elon degree. Click here for a short video on the Elon in NYC program – a great example of summer study away!

Learn more about summer study abroad programs