Experiential Learning Guidelines

ULN students participate in an experiential learning opportunity each fall and spring semester. The most common opportunities come in the form of on- or off-campus paid or unpaid internships, research assistantships, or semester-long study abroad (faculty led or Maymester only). Learn more about experiential learning in the student Experiential Learning Process guide.

What Is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning happens when you participate in learning experiences in and out of the classroom that help you develop transferable skills. Examples of experiential learning opportunities include studying abroad, conducting undergraduate research, or participating in an on- or off-campus internship.

What Are the Experiential Learning Requirements?

During your second, third, and fourth years at UT, you will participate in experiential learning opportunities during the fall and spring semesters. You may count a summer experience for a future fall or spring semester. Summer experiences must be at least 120 hours in order to qualify. Each semester, you will complete an Online Experiential Learning Form with details about your experience. For more information, review ULN’s guide to completing an experiential learning form

Experiential learning opportunities can be paid or unpaid. If you are completing an unpaid opportunity, you will complete up to 10 hours per week during the semester. We encourage students to not work in a paid opportunity more than 20 hours per week when taking a full course load.

What Are ULN’s Expectations for Students?

Please review the Student Performance Expectations for students at experiential learning opportunities, which outlines expectations around attendance, communication, evaluations, and performance. Your experiential learning site will likely share additional site-specific expectations with you during your first supervision session.

We encourage you to complete an end-of-semester self-evaluation to help consider how you want to grow and develop at your site; this is a great document to share with your supervisor.

Contact your coordinator if you are experiencing a concern at your experiential learning site — we are here to support you.

Spring 2020 Experiential Learning Timeline

Students must document their experiential learning by completing the Online Experiential Learning Form. The form must be completed by January 21, the first class day of Spring 2020. In order to complete the form, you will need your supervisor's name and contact information, their position title, and a description of your position.

  • February 14: All postings available on HireALonghorn
  • March 10: Experiential Learning Expo
    • March 13: Priority deadline to submit your applications for positions on HireALonghorn
  • ULN partners will reach out to you to schedule interviews through April 30
  • March 30th – April 30: ULN partners will offer positions
  • After April 30: Contact your coordinator if you are still searching for an opportunity


Types of Experiential Learning

On-Campus Internships

Many departments and units across campus offer paid or unpaid internship positions for ULN students. All of these opportunities are posted on HireALonghorn.

Off-Campus Internships

You may work in a non-profit, business, government, education, and/or medical organization throughout the community. Check HireUTexas and HireALonghorn for current available opportunities. Visit your college career services office for additional support in finding opportunities.

Undergraduate Research

You can participate in faculty-led research or even work on your own independent research project with a faculty advisor at UT or another higher education institution. The first step is to find a faculty advisor. Consider faculty you have previously interacted with, or utilize Eureka, an online database of current research opportunities for undergraduate students. You also can visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for help.

Education Abroad

Explore the world by participating in one of the many different study abroad programs available, including a Maymester or faculty-led program. Visit an education abroad advisor to get started.

Domestic Study

You may be interested in a program outside of Austin, like UTLA or the Archer Fellowship Program. Contact domestic study programs directly for more information about application requirements and deadlines.

Experiential Degree Requirements

Are you required to do an internship, fieldwork, or practicum component for your major, minor, or certificate? You can count any of these opportunities both toward your degree requirements and as your experiential learning opportunity.

Student-Sought Opportunities

You are always welcome to find your own experiential learning opportunity. Contact your coordinator for approval.

Work-Study or Part-Time Positions

You may work in paid positions that directly relate to your future personal and professional goals. If you are unsure, speak with your coordinator to discuss the opportunity you are considering.

Alternative Experiential Learning Plan

You always have the option to complete an alternative experiential learning plan with your coordinator. This program is designed to help you prepare for future experiential learning opportunities. Contact your coordinator to discuss this option.