Western offers many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for you to apply your theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. You may have the chance to ‘test-drive’ a particular job, employment sector, or community organization to see if it is a good fit with your skills and interests. With experiential learning, you can complement your academic studies with relevant, rewarding experiences that help you develop important 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; providing triage support for local physicians in pop-up medical clinics in Costa Rica and Jamaica; and constructing an accessible washroom in Peru. Learn more.
CEL, including community-service learning, is a form of experiential education that links classroom with community. By completing communitybased projects, you are able to see your learning come to life. You will form meaningful local and international connections, develop critical thinking skills, and build their resumés through meaningful hands-on learning.
Broadly defined, fieldwork refers to the collection of data outside of a controlled laboratory setting. The practice and focus of fieldwork varies across disciplines but is mainly concentrated in the natural and social sciences such as biology, earth sciences, geology, anthropology and archaeology.
Work Integrated Learning programs provide practical experience for students looking to gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter a particular employment sector. They can be paid or unpaid, short-term or long-term, local or international, 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. Learn more.
Job shadowing gives you a first-hand look at the work environment within a chosen field. You will have the opportunity to refine job search and networking skills through structured programming, to support you in connecting with career-relevant professionals. Learn more.
Founded in 2015 by Propel, PSI is a sales-focused incubator program that accelerates the growth and success of early-stage start-ups during the summer months. Founders admitted to the program receive seed funding, mentorship, programming and co-working space. PSI also provides practical experience for a team of sales interns who are hired to work with each of the start-ups. Learn more.
WHE is a collaboration between East African partners and Western students, faculty and staff, using probiotic foods to contribute to health and sustainable development. This innovative and multidisciplinary program aims to enhance health and create sustainable economic and community development in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Internships are available annually with partner universities and community organizations in East Africa and there are also opportunities to contribute to the program here at home. Learn more.
Every year in September, Western students, staff and faculty ‘paint the town purple’ during a day of service in the London community. Teams visit local nonprofits to learn about their work and contribute to a variety of projects, including landscaping, children’s and seniors’ programs, animal care, and awareness campaigns, among others. 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.