What the Research Says
A 2014 report on Experiential learning from the Council of Ontario Universities found that graduates with relevant work experience are ahead of their peers in the following ways:
- The National Graduates Survey shows bachelor's level graduates with internship experience earn more than their peers, have higher employment and full-time employment rates and a more likely to have paid off debt two years after graduation.
- Applied learning programs (like internships) strengthen students' marketability and can vastly improve career prospects at graduation.
- Thousands of students have found full-time work in their fields of student as a result of experiential learning opportunities at university.
- In an increasingly competitive job market, experiential learning makes students workplace-ready, setting them up for career success.