Career Center: Work Integrated Learning at University of Portland
As a type of experiential learning, Work Integrated Learning focuses on creating an important bridge for a student immersed in the world of academia towards his/her transition into a professional role post-graduation.
Watch students discuss how Work Integrated Learning at UP has impacted their professional lives:
Work Integrated Learning:
- Provides students a way to apply theoretical knowledge from their academic training to “real-world” professional practical experiences
- Always consists of mutually-beneficial partnerships between a student, a work place institution, and the university
- Offers employers the ability to evaluate and mentor upcoming talent
An internship is one form of supervised Work Integrated Learning that combines critical thinking and intentional reflection within the framework of a liberal arts or professional education.
By completing internships, students are able to:
- Sharpen professional skills
- Develop career interests and employer contacts
- Assess strengths
- Connect classroom theories to practical, real world settings
Internships vary in type, function, timing and location - they can be completed throughout the academic year, in the summer, receive credit and/or pay, and be completed locally, nationally and internationally.
Internships benefit students, faculty and employers in a variety of ways. Browse the internship portal to learn more about the value of internships at the University of Portland. If you have any questions, please contact the Career Center at 503-943-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.