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Internships and Other Experiential Learning Opportunities at Keene State College

Are you interested in ...

  • Applying classroom knowledge to real-world settings?
  • Exploring career options while gaining technical and transferrable skills, practical employment experiences, and job search skills?
  • Making your education more interesting through hands-on activities that create rewarding college experiences?
  • Developing a network of professional contacts who will serve as mentors, job search strategists, and job references?
  • Developing relationships with faculty, staff, and students?
  • Making a difference in your community?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, then experiential learning opportunities such as internships, service learning, community service, and undergraduate research can help you gain knowledge and skills, explore your values and the impact you have on society, learn about various professions, and easily transition to the professional world or graduate school.


Internships (a.k.a. - cooperative education, practicum, externship) allow you to earn credits and gain valuable work experience in paid and unpaid positions related to your academic studies. Internships are a great opportunity to explore careers, gain professional skills, develop professional networks, and build your résumé. Internships are supervised and approved by academic departments, but Academic and Career Advising can help you brainstorm internship possibilities, prepare résumés and cover letters, and practice for the interview.

Keene State College Internship Policies and Practices with required forms are available through the purchasing office. Current internship opportunities can be found on JobWISE.

Community Service

Community Service is an opportunity for you to address and reflect upon local community and/or larger societal issues while making a difference in the lives of individuals. Through community service you have the potential to develop leadership skills, explore personal and societal values, explore careers, develop professional skills and networks, build valuable resume experiences, and apply classroom knowledge. For more information on community service opportunities, contact the Community Service Office.

Service Learning

Service learning combines community service with academic coursework. It is an outstanding opportunity for you to be actively involved in the learning process while solving community problems and becoming an engaged community member. As you participate in meeting community needs, you can explore your educational and career choices. Look for the COMM or SERV designation in the course listings to identify service learning based classes.

Undergraduate Research

Participation in an[undergraduate research program, either on-campus or off-campus, will benefit you educationally, professionally, and personally. Research provides the opportunity for you to work closely with a faculty mentor, apply and further investigate classroom concepts, work collaboratively, prepare for graduate school, and explore career options, while developing communication, problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.

Contact Academic and Career Advising

Academic and Career Advising Office
Elliot Center
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435