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Career and Experiential Learning Lab

Experiential Learning

At our university, experiential learning is a transformative educational approach that happens on and off campus — and begins when students step foot on campus. Students experience learning in living-learning communities, classrooms, campus organizations and in the broader communities. They participate in activities that help them develop skills to engage in dialogues and problem-solving with the goal of enhancing their abilities to impact internal, local and global communities.

Experiential Learning Framework

Quinnipiac University's distinct approach to experiential education encompasses experiential learning opportunities that impact students' competency in integrating learning and, therefore, their career preparedness. Experiential learning at Quinnipiac — the University of the Future — provides students with multiple opportunities to apply and develop their learning through work, service and exploration coupled with a strong emphasis on intentional reflection that prepares them for 21st-century careers and citizenship.

Quinnipiac’s distinct approach to an experiential education encompasses experiential learning opportunities that enable students to integrate all aspects of their learning. These experiences provide students with multiple opportunities to apply and develop their learning through work, service and exploration coupled with a strong emphasis on intentional reflection.

Definition: Learning through applied work in professional environments and the development of competencies and credentials.


  • Internship

  • Externship

  • Co-op

  • Clinical Preparation and Placement

  • Practicum

  • Fellowship

  • Apprenticeship

  • Campus-based Work

  • Student Employment

Definition: Learning through service to the community and building awareness and skills as active citizens.


  • Service Learning

  • Community Service

  • Civic Engagement

  • Volunteerism

  • Campus-based Leadership such as SGA, Clubs/Organizations, Athletics, Leadership Programs and Mentorship Programs

Definition: Learning through the process of inquiry, discovery and development including cultural exploration and/or business acumen.


  • Research

  • Field Study

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Competition (Innovation)

  • Shadowing

  • Learning Learning Community

  • Study Abroad

  • Overseas Applied Learning

  • Domestic Applied Learning

A World-Sized Classroom

A world-sized classroom is a concept that is critical to a transformative student experience. It includes internships, clinical work, service learning programs, guided research, student organizations and multidisciplinary projects — and more.

It means hundreds of internship sites available to our business students; inner-city schools where our education students teach; research sites in Hungary and Mexico; universities in Ireland and Australia, and museums in Italy. It includes farms an hour from campus, where our students perform health screenings for migrant workers. It means raising more than a quarter of a million dollars to help fight childhood cancer through QTHON, one of our more than 150 student-run groups.

It’s this experiential learning that will prepare you to be an engaged, culturally aware citizen, while learning the kinds of adaptable skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Course Projects and Capstones

Like every Quinnipiac student, you'll have many opportunities to learn via hands-on experience through course projects and capstones. You can develop your own video game in one of our Game Design and Development courses or apply portfolio management techniques in a finance course. Any project you pursue can illustrate the depth of your knowledge and skill not only to your professors and peers, but also to potential future employers.

Your academic experience here will also culminate in an integrative capstone project. We know that each academic program — and student — is unique, and therefore no two capstone projects are the same in scope or execution. Communications and media studies students may produce a documentary over four years that showcases their visual storytelling ability, while students in civil engineering may spend the bulk of their senior year working with a local environmental agency. Capstones also can be collaborative and interdisciplinary, allowing you to contribute your expertise to a greater project alongside peers from several other majors.

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Senior Design Project

In the School of Engineering, every student completes a Senior Design Project that incorporates real clients and problems, and simulates a project that they might encounter their first day on the job.

Competitions and Conferences

National competitions and professional conferences enable students from all academic disciplines to address real world issues, present their own research and match their expertise against the brightest minds from other nationally ranked universities across the country. Moreover, they have the chance to earn their first of many publication credits and be regarded as peers by veteran scholars and other leaders in their fields — all of which are great resume builders that employers look for.

These events allow you to represent Quinnipiac on the national stage and open doors to powerful networks, membership to professional organizations and a many other professional resources. Below are just a few competitions and conferences you can take advantage of each year:

  • American Mock Trial Association Competition
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition
  • Global Game Jam
  • National Student Advertising Competition
  • New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) Challenge
  • Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC)
  • Quinnipiac University App Development Hack-a-Thon
  • Rotman Financial Trading Competition
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Case Competition

  • American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing annual summit
  • American Marketing Association Conference
  • Center for Women and Business, Professional Development Seminars
  • National Student Nurses Association annual meeting
  • Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum
  • Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum
  • Society for American Archaeology Conference

Business students get in the GAME

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Quinnipiac GAME Forum

What’s the name of the game? Getting hands-on experience that translates into real-world success. Each year, 40 or so Quinnipiac business students play an integral role in organizing the annual GAME Forum, a three-day conference held in New York City that brings together the sharpest minds in the finance world. This engaging event — the largest, student-run financial conference in the world — draws more than 1,200 students and faculty from more than 150 colleges and universities. GAME Forum participants hear 140 high-level speakers sound off on everything from investment strategies to the role of social media in the stock market.

QU students, who act as hosts at the event, have the chance to get up close and personal with these finance superstars by participating in Q&A sessions, and attending breakout discussions and workshops on everything from investing to career development.

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Pollinator Gardens

The pollinator garden at Quinnipiac's Albert Schweitzer Institute provides food and shelter to a wide range of local pollinatorspromoting a healthy ecosystem. Consisting of six themed beds, our pollinator garden encompasses over 200 species of native plants or native cultivars that produce nectar and/or pollen. 

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Giving Back to Our Community

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Educating the Whole Person

Quinnipiac strives to develop students into enlightened citizens who lift communities and embrace inclusive excellence. From hitting the dance floor to raise money and devoting one big day to assisting hundreds of local nonprofits, to celebrating people of all abilities and delivering programs to promote the health of mind, body and spirit, our Quinnipiac community is dedicated to serving our extended community.

Through many university-wide events and initiatives, students, staff and faculty members work to enhance the lives of our neighbors, including:

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Leadership Programs and Peer Mentorship

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Role-modeling and mentoring from a successful student’s perspective

Engagement Fellows

The School of Business engagement fellows program, led by Professor Fullick-Jagiela, is a hands-on leadership opportunity for students who are highly invested in not just their own learning but also in the learning and development of others. Throughout the academic year, engagement fellows facilitate student and faculty exchanges in classes where hands-on learning is crucial to achieving learning outcomes. They go beyond the traditional approach of teaching assistants, supporting students throughout class interactions and serving as a successful role model.

In addition to working with students and the faculty in the courses they support, engagement fellows themselves participate in an exceptional learning experience that prepares them for their careers and for life. Each week, the fellows meet with Professor Fullick-Jagiela to share highlights, tips, techniques and communication strategies. They work together to brainstorm ways to overcome challenges and talk extensively about societal impact, conflict resolution, team dynamics, time management, providing and receiving effective feedback, empathy and emotional intelligence. During their time in the program, engagement fellows take advantage of ample opportunities to reflect upon their own reasoning processes while gaining insight from reasoned discussions with others. 

Since Fall 2020, Professor Fullick-Jagiela has worked with 82 fellows who supported over 100 classes within the School of Business. These former fellows have applied their experience in the program to secure internships, jobs and admission to graduate school programs.

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Centers and Institutes at Quinnipiac

We believe education doesn’t begin and end inside the classroom. We live in an increasingly diverse and complex world that demands the knowledge, collaboration and empathy required to deliver meaningful impact. 

Whether it’s turning ideas into viable business applications or digging through human history by analyzing ancient artifacts, each of our centers and institutes pairs our students and faculty to transform academic theory into real-world solutions.


Our broad liberal arts core complements deep expertise across more than 100 degree programs to provide an education that equips you for an extraordinary career. Whether you are in high school and ready to pursue your undergraduate degree, currently in the workforce and looking to advance your career through one of our graduate programs or have ambitions of becoming a lawyer or doctor, we have the schools, programs and faculty that will help unlock your potential.