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What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is an engaged learning process whereby students “learn by doing” and by reflecting on the experience. Experiential learning activities can include, but are not limited to, internships, practicums, field placements, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, and artistic performances.

How can I find opportunities?


Some courses are embedded with experiential learning. In MyNKU you can find a column labeled HIP that will display if a course includes these aspects.


You can find internships directly through NKU's Handshake platform.

There are also great resources available on the NKU Internship page. Here there are resources for students and employers looking to recruit NKU students as interns.

Most academic departments also have internship coordinators. Here is a list of faculty and staff internship advisors in most departments/colleges. You can reach out to them directly.

Research and Creative Activity

The Institute for Student Research & Creative Activity (ISRCA) engages, supports, enhances and acknowledges the involvement of students and their faculty mentors in research, scholarship and creative activities throughout campus. ISRCA assists in growing the number and breadth of research, scholarship and creative activity opportunities for all NKU students.  ISRCA also facilitates programming to support faculty-student collaborative scholarly work and to further integrate research into the curriculum.

Use Handshake for current NKU and national opportunities.

Studying Abroad

Finding a study abroad program is easy - there are NKU led programs and NKU partners with several institutions and groups to provide opportunities for our students.

Connect to all of education abroad's resources: including passport help, finding programs, funding and more!


Service Learning

NKU puts a high priority on learning that goes beyond textbooks and lecture to build connections between the classroom and community through service learning. The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement supports service learning at NKU.  

The vast majority of service learning opportunities are embedded in courses - please consult MyNKU to see if your classes will include this experience.