Experiential Learning

Experiential learning offers numerous benefits, including active engagement, practical application of knowledge, meaningful learning, personal relevance, skill development, increased motivation and engagement, improved memory retention, and the cultivation of cultural competence. By actively participating in hands-on activities and real-world scenarios, learners develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities. Experiential learning connects theory with practice, making the educational process more relevant and impactful. It also fosters the development of various skills, such as communication, collaboration, and adaptability. Additionally, experiential learning enhances motivation, memory retention, and cultural competence, creating a dynamic and immersive learning experience that promotes personal growth and prepares individuals for success in different areas of life.

Ways to get involved:

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  • By participating in an internship, students can not only gain valuable hands-on experience in their chosen field but also earn academic credit towards their degree. This enables you to apply theoretical knowledge in a professional setting, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and enhance their future career prospects. If you are considering an internship, we encourage you to explore the academic credit options available at your institution to make the most of this valuable learning experience.
  • You can earn 1-6 credits of academic credit (PSC 399) for your internship. If you have any questions on whether the internship is eligible for credit, or how many credits the internship would be eligible for, please contact Dr. Linken, aelinken@ua.edu
  • Department of Political Science Internship Policies

The Montgomery Experience: visit the Montgomery Experience page.

The Washington Experience: visit the Washington Experience page.

Are you doing an internship related to political science but NOT in Washington or Montgomery, this summer?

Email Dr. Linken at aelinken@ua.edu  about requirements for getting academic credit for your internship.

ICUE (International Programs, Community Research, Undergraduate Research, Externships and Internships) is an office within the College of Arts and Sciences that assists students who seek internships and other forms of experiential education such as assisting faculty members with research, performing community service, participating in education abroad, etc. While they do not actually place students in internships themselves, they work with students to identify opportunities and assist with applications. In addition, this office will guide students through the process of obtaining  academic credit and finalizing logistical issues such as housing and travel. They will also help students to identify useful campus services to assist with planning.

For more information, visit icue.as.ua.edu or contact Pamela Derrick, Director of Experiential Learning Services, at pamela.w.derrick@ua.edu.