Experiential Learning

Experiential learning can come in the form of an internship, study abroad/away experience, co-curricular opportunities (such as academic organizations on campus), research project with faculty, or even independent study

The treatment for cancer can sometimes be as devastating — and even as fatal — as the disease itself. For Andrew DePass `21, a biology major enrolled in Quinnipiac’s pre-med track, that’s unacceptable.

DePass spent last summer conducting research at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He worked alongside immunologists studying ways to enhance T cell immunity in cancer patients following chemotherapy and radiation.

When he returned to Quinnipiac, DePass presented his findings at the Quinnipiac Science Technology and Engineering Program (QSTEP). He credits QSTEP and faculty in Quinnipiac’s Department of Biology for their persistent encouragement and feedback.

DePass believes that the experience and support he continues to receive has given him a major advantage, providing him the starting point on his journey as a research scientist. Andrew was recently recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research with their Undergraduate Scholar Award.


As a CAS student, not all of your learning will happen in the classroom.

Experiential learning can come in the form of an internship, study abroad/away experience, co-curricular opportunities (such as academic organizations on campus), research project with faculty, or even independent study. Experiential learning opportunities give you the chance to take your previous classroom learning out into the world and test it out, or to try something entirely new and perhaps develop a new academic interest.

This process of exploration, implementation, and reflection is central to the idea of 360 advising. Each experience becomes a point of learning that helps you evaluate your development as a student and a person; helps you understand your values, interests and goals; and helps you make informed choices about your next steps during your time here and beyond.

As your academic journey progresses, these experience become the core of your professional story as well. Employers are looking for candidates who are not only academically accomplished, but who have also exposed their skills to the real world and learned from that experience. Students entering the marketplace with multiple experiential learning experiences on their resume are not only historically more likely to get hired, they get hired more quickly and make more money!

The College of Arts & Sciences has dozens of experiential learning opportunities. Use this site to explore them and talk with your advisor about which ones interest you the most and how to work them into your academic plan!


Independent Study Application Form

Inclusivelys human-first employment network empowers and employs people with disabilities by using personalized Success Enablers (accommodations) to provide candidates …

QUIP-RS Research Program

The Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship is an immersive, 8-week paid research experience with a faculty mentor.

Central European Institute

Learn about international internships and alumni networks available through our Central European Institute


Outreach Tracking Spreadsheet-Job/Internship Search

Check out our Job and Internship Search Guide to learn how to conduct a thorough search that goes beyond the …

Hartford Legislative Internship
Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Ever thought of studying abroad in a warm, tropical paradise like Costa Rica?

Mystic Seaport Experiential Learning Program

Based on the country’s largest maritime museum, the collaborative Maritime Studies Program of Williams College & Mystic Seaport Museum showcases …

Music Performance

There are many opportunities for Quinnipiac students from any major to get involved in music performance! 

Featured Classes

BIO 385, 498 and 499: Explorations in Biology and Independent Study in the Biological Sciences

For an overview of Experiential Learning in the Department of Biological Sciences, Click here. BIO 385 is a hybrid course…

QU in DC

Prof. Scott McLean
Students can pursue a semester-long Washington D.C. internship plus coursework. D.C. courses and internships available in politics/government, media, national security,…

QU in LA

You’ll immediately begin an internship — chosen before your arrival — that is at once challenging and rewarding, and allows you…

CAR 295 – Career Practicum

The CAR 295: CAREER PRACTICUM course, which gives course credit for internships, is available for the Fall, Spring, Summer and…

AN 300: Life After Death in London

Prof. Jaime Ullinger
Human burials can inform us about social organization, health, and lived experiences in the past. In this course, we will…

SO 244: Social Stratification

Prof. Sue Hudd
This course examines systems of inequality and how they grow out of, and are reinforced by, both structural and cultural…

HS 231: The World of Tudor/Stuart Britain Spring 2019 (UC Course)

Edinburgh and London, Spring break 2019 Put on your walking shoes and take to the streets of two of Europe’s most…