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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)

Students have the opportunity to spend spring break travelling with faculty and staff team leaders to participate in week-long service projects in communities around the globe. Past service projects include: Habitat for Humanity builds in New Orleans, teaching English in the Dominican Republic, offering rural medical clinics in Costa Rica, and building a 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

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.
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Female student on internship at PinterestWork Integrated Learning

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, for academic credit or for a non-credit course. Check with your faculty to see if there is an internship, co-op or practicum option for your degree program.
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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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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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