Experience More, Be More

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What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning incorporates a variety of activities students might participate in that complement the core academic learning that takes place in university. It allows students to take what they’ve learned in their lectures, tutorials and labs out into the real world and provides a chance for them to test drive their skills. It’s also a great opportunity for networking and gaining practical experience.

Examples of experiential learning are internships, co-op placements, volunteering and job shadowing.

What kinds of experiential learning does FIMS offer?

If you’re a Media, Information & Technoculture (MIT) or a Media & the Public Interest (MPI) student in FIMS, you may have the opportunity to participate in an internship, or an international exchange. Interested students will find that there are a number of choices available when it comes to enriching their learning experience.

Are internships or exchanges mandatory?

No. MIT and MPI students are not required to participate in an internship or exchange, although they are certainly encouraged to do so. It is important to note that students must meet eligibility criteria to be permitted to go out on internship or exchange. Other factors may play in, such as availability of suitable placements, and ensuring a good match between the student and employer. There are lots of resources available to help students navigate the application process and students are encouraged to ask questions if they have them.