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Experiential Learning Opportunities on Campus

Curricular and Course Based Experiential Learning Opportunities

For-credit experiences that are offered through the University of Guelph's academic colleges. Curricular experiential learning opportunities are unpaid (with the exception of Co-op), for-credit experiences, and could be in on-campus, in Guelph, in Canada or international. There are currently seven types of curricular experiential learning offeredd at the University of Guelph. Curricular Experiential Learning Opportunities by program.

Co-Curricular Experiential Learning Opportunities

Co-curricular Experiential Learning are not-for-credit experiences that are offered through a variety of academic and non-academic departments within and outside the University of Guelph. These co-curricular experiences include activities such as volunteering, varsity athletics, on or off-campus employment and paraprofessional programs. Complete list and definitions.


Internships exist in a wide variety of industries and settings. An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Paid internships are common in professional business, technology and advertising fields. Non-profit charities and think tanks have unpaid, volunteer positions. Internships may be part-time or full-time - typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer. They usually last 6–12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the company involved.

Check out some internship opportunities. 


Many organizations take volunteers on a short or long term basis. Not only will this allow you to gain valuable experience prior to leaving university, it will also allow you to “try on” a career to determine if your skills and work preferences are a good fit. Most communities have a volunteer centre with a database of opportunities to get involved and give back to the community (and gain valuable experience at the same time).

To get involved while you are in Guelph, look for opportunities at:

Student Volunteer Connections - works to ignite, educate, & foster University of Guelph students through the world of volunteerism.

The People and Information Network - creates awareness of the power of volunteering, and connects people who want to give their time and talents.