Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and information acquired from their academic program and is valuable for development and career marketability.

Job Shadowing

Spend a half-day, full day, or several days shadowing a professional by participating in the Job Shadowing Program. This opportunity is designed to help you gain valuable exposure to a career you want to pursue.

Service Learning & Field Study Programs

When you participate in Service Learning or a Field Study, you can apply what you learned in the classroom to the real world of work. While performing community service for a particular class or in a work environment directly related to your major, you also earn academic credit. Both academic-based volunteer opportunities require establishing learning objectives, an action plan to accomplish those objectives, and reflection about the experience.

Community Work Study Program

If you are a Federal Work Study student, you are allowed to work off-campus with local nonprofit organizations and receive financial aid work study funding for hours worked. Community Work Study students are encouraged to choose positions related to their major or interest area as a way to participate in real world work experiences.

Corporate Work Study

UWF’s Corporate Work Study program provides students with an opportunity to work part-time while attending UWF. The program establishes a mutually beneficial agreement with corporate partners, students, and UWF. As a pathway to employment, students who participate may come from all majors. Students work with a mentor and enter a talent pipeline with partner companies. This program allows students an opportunity to build a professional network and develop crucial professional readiness skills.

Benefits to Students

Financial Aid

  • Earn money while in college.
  • Work part-time with flexible hours.

Real World Experience

  • Pathway to employment.
  • Build a professional network and work with a mentor to clarify career goals.
  • Develop crucial professional readiness skills such as effective communication, critical thinking and professionalism.

Requirements & Application Process


  • Must be a Florida resident for tuition purposes.
  • Must be able to work 12 hours per week during the academic term.

Application Process

  • Complete the FAFSA and elect to participate in work study.
  • Once you have received your award letter from the Financial Aid office, you will be given access to the job database.
  • You must apply for the position and go through the interview process.

For students interested in the program, please contact the Financial Aid office's website to learn about eligibily criteria.

Financial Aid Website

Intern or Co-Op

Internships and Cooperative Education (Co-Op) programs are designed to help you gain experience related to your major. Students seek these opportunities to gain academic knowledge and real-world work experience to become more marketable for full-time, post-graduation careers.


An internship is most often a one semester experience that may or may not be for academic credit. It may also be paid or unpaid, but employers should comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Students typically seek internships in their junior and senior years in college. If seeking credit, you should meet with your academic advisor to discover if you are eligible to pursue an internship.

Fair Labor Standards Act

Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

Cooperative education programs (CoOps) are multi-semester experiences that are always for course credit and always paid. There are two forms of CoOps: parallel or alternating. A parallel CoOp student works and goes to school at least 3 semesters in a row, averaging 15-25 hours a week at work and 9-12 academic credits. An alternating CoOp student alternates between workplace and school semester by semester, working 40 hours a week during work terms and going to school full time during academic terms.

To become Co-Op eligible, click the button to schedule a Co-Op Information Appointment with Career Services.

Co-Op Information Appointment

Informational Interviewing

Meet with an individual who currently works in your field of interest to ask questions about his or her career path, the industry, and the corporate culture of a potential future workplace.