Western offers many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for you to apply your academic knowledge in real-world settings. With experiential learning, you can complement your studies with relevant, rewarding experiences that help you develop transferable skills and refine your career options.
Spend an unforgettable spring break travelling with faculty and staff team leaders to participate in week-long service projects in local, national and global communities. Past service projects have included Habitat for Humanity builds in New Orleans; teaching English in the Dominican Republic; and constructing an accessible washroom in Peru. Learn more.
Link your classroom education with community-based projects and see your learning come to life through CEL classes in most disciplines. Build your resumé through hands-on learning that makes a tangible impact in the community. Get involved with non-profits during your first week at Western with Orientation Serves, and continue throughout your time at Western with the Western Serves Network. Learn more.
Integrate theory and skills learned in the classroom or laboratory into real-world environments. Mainly concentrated in the natural and social sciences such as biology, earth sciences, geology, anthropology and archaeology, fieldwork allows you to work in teams to improve your communication, team work and problem-solving skills. Learn more.
Gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter a particular employment sector. Participate in paid or unpaid, short-term or long-term, local or international placements for academic credit or for a non-credit course. Check with your Faculty or The Student Success Centre to see if there is an option for your degree program. You can also search for international internship and research opportunities on Western’s International Learning website. Learn more.
Test-drive a specific job or employment sector to see if it is a good fit for your skills, interests and career plans. Job shadow connects you with future employers in informal – but meaningful – ways and provides you with a ‘sneak peek’ into a work world that lies just beyond graduation. Learn more.
Kickstart your career with Western Entrepreneurship. Participate in experiential opportunities to advance your ideas outside the traditional classroom (i.e., hackathons, startup summits, workshops, bootcamps, mentorship events, pitch competitions, etc.). Get ready to innovate, create and test prototypes. Learn more.
Collaborate with East African partners and Western students, faculty and staff to use probiotic food to contribute to health and sustainable development in areas such as Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. There are also opportunities to contribute to the program here at home. Learn more.
Showcase all of your activities in an official document known as the Western Co-Curricular Record (WCCR). Whether it’s a workshop, a club, an international learning experience or a leadership position, you can track your experiences using this online tool. Activities connect to 10 core areas of development, including Career Preparation, Commitment to Learning, Communication, Diversity, Engaging in the Arts, Global Awareness, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Self-Awareness and Social Responsibility. Learn more.