Help students learn by doing

Experiential Learning

Build your brand on campus by engaging with students in experiential learning opportunities. 

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

  • FSHN 466, Food Product Development. Employers host a team(s) to develop a product based on attributes specific to their needs. Ex. project: Prototyping novel food products by working through the human centered design approach to new product development. Employers are also invited to judge (up to 12 spots) the final product(s) developed for a senior capstone course in Food Science.  Desired commitment by mid-December for Jan. class. Contact: Dawn Bohn at dbrehart@illinois.edu.
  • HDFS 450, Practicum. Employers are invited to serve as a practicum “intern” host for the fall semester. Projects should be of use after the intern leaves, and one which the intern can point to in illustrating their skills and competencies. These would not be clerical or maintenance tasks, but something new that adds value to the organization. Ex. creating a new manual or creating and documenting a new set of procedures that did not previously exist; developing and delivering a curriculum, set of training workshops or presentations; developing and documenting a social media strategy; creating resource materials or guide to external resources for clients, etc. The project would need to be approved by the practicum site supervisor and the practicum course instructor. Hosts are recruited February – April for internships beginning the following August. Contact Aaron T. Ebata at ebata@illinois.edu.
  • International Business Immersion Program (IBIP). Any global/multinational company interested in students doing a case study or visiting their company at an international location. Contact Lauren Karplus at lkarpl2@illinois.edu.
  • TAP (The Autism Program of Illinois) Employers are invited to be intern supervisors for U of I students on the autism spectrum. The project should be relevant to the needs of the company and be similar to what would typically be required in the workplace. The goal is to have opportunities for interns to apply their existing subject-matter knowledge and skills and further develop career readiness skills (like planning and teamwork). Supervisor should be willing to consult with TAP specialists to adapt or accommodate some processes, outcomes, or expectations if necessary and learn practices that would make the workplace more inclusive to neurodiversity. Contact Karen Kramer at jjkramer@illinois.edu.
  • TSM 439, Capstone Experience. Employers are invited to host a team that develops solutions to real-world problems. The projects involve project planning and budgeting, prototype development and construction, testing, data collection and analysis, marketing, and navigating project challenges outside of students’ control. Contact Paul Davidson at pdavidso@illiniois.edu.

Gies College of Business

  • Sponsoring a pro-bono student project is the best way to build your talent pipeline and engage with Gies Business students at Gies College of Business. We work with over 100 companies every year. For more information or to request a project, visit our website or contact Marissa Siero at siero@illinois.edu 

Graduate College 

  • Collaborate with the Graduate College Career Development Office to develop a Try It Out program (typically 4-8 hours) for a small group of participants to engage in a project, case study, or other activity that makes a meaningful contribution to your organization and gives them valuable, practical experience. Email Mike Firmand at mfirmand@illinois.edu to get started.

School of Chemical Sciences 

School of Information Sciences

  • BIG. From conducting competitive intelligence research to dashboard development, white papers, and technology assessments, graduate student consultants in the Business Intelligence Group (BIG) provide critical insights for multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, and technology start-ups.
  • Practicum. Non-profit and government organizations are invited to host a practicum student for 100 hours of experiential learning in a broad range of topics from UX assessments to data analytics and visualizations, document collection development, digital collaboration, and the development of instruction or outreach programs.

School of Labor and Employment Relations