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Student Involvement

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.

Female student with childCommunity Engaged Learning (CEL)

CEL, including community service learning, is a form of experiential education that connects the classroom with the community. By linking up with community-based projects, students are able to apply their learning in real-life situations, form meaningful local and international connections, develop critical thinking skills, and build their résumé through hands-on experience.
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Male student on Alternative Spring BreakAlternative Spring Break (ASB)

ASB offers students the opportunity to have an unforgettable spring break by traveling with Western faculty and staff team leaders to participate in weeklong service projects in communities around the globe. Past service projects have included: Habitat for Humanity builds in New Orleans, teaching English in the Dominican Republic, offering rural medical clinics in Costa Rica and Belize, and building an elementary school library in Peru.
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Female student in AfricaWestern Heads East

Partnering with Africa for health and sustainable development through probiotics, Western Heads East is an innovative and multidisciplinary initiative that aims to save and improve lives in Tanzania, Kenya and surrounding areas. Western students apply pioneering research to real problems for direct humanitarian benefit.
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Group of student planting a treeWestern Serves

Western Serves is an annual campus-wide program designed to provide Western students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to spend time together, engaged in active service in the London community. Participating community agencies address various social, economic, environmental, and health issues and include seniors’ communities, environmental organizations, social service groups and youth centres. 
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Female student on internship at PinterestInternship and Co-op

Internships and co-ops provide practical experience to students looking to gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter a particular career field. They can be short term or long term, for academic credit or for a non-credit course. Check with your faculty to see if there is an internship or co-op option for your degree program. If not, there are other opportunities to gain experience with organizations not affiliated with the University. 
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Students on a fieldwork project in BelizeFieldwork

Broadly defined, fieldwork is a descriptive term for 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.
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Students learningJob Shadow

Job shadowing gives students a firsthand look at a work environment within a chosen field. Western students have the opportunity to refine job search and networking skills through structured programming, to support them in connecting with career-relevant professionals. 
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The Co-Curricular Record gives students an opportunity to showcase involvement outside the classroom by preparing an official document acknowledging participation. This document outlines the skills developed in 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.
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