Experiential Learning

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About Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a crucial component of a college education. Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service-learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study-abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships. Experiential learning programs also frequently emphasize problem solving, opportunities for formal student reflection, and ongoing assessment. College of Liberal Arts students engage in a multitude of experiential learning activities that enhance their personal lives and provide related experiences that connect with their personal aspirations and career goals.


An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. The College of Liberal Arts has developed strong relationships with a large and diverse number of local, regional, and national partners, in an effort to provide students with internship opportunities connected to their career goals and personal aspirations. 

Professional Mentoring Program

The College of Liberal Arts offers a Professional Mentoring Program that links junior and senior liberal arts students with mentors who will assist them in making the transition from their college experience into the professional world.

Success Stories

Erix Infante, a graduate history student, plans to pursue a career creating exhibitions for museums after he graduates from Wright State.
Lukas Wenrick, who graduated from Wright State in April with a degree in social science education, will attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Top Employers of the College of Liberal Arts Students

Below is the list of top employers of COLA students from the past 25 years (classes 1996 to 2020).

  1. Wright State University
  2. U.S. Air Force
  3. Sinclair Community College
  4. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  5. Kettering Health Network
  6. LexisNexis
  7. The Ohio State University
  8. University of Dayton
  9. Dayton Public Schools
  10. Reynolds and Reynolds Company
  11. Montgomery County Children Services
  12. Montgomery County Job and Family Services
  13. State of Ohio
  14. PNC
  15. Synchrony
  16. U.S. Army
  17. Kroger
  18. Montgomery County, Ohio
  19. Nationwide
  20. NCR Corporation
  21. Dayton Metro Library
  22. City of Dayton
  23. CareSource
  24. Speedway LLC
  25. Fifth Third Bank
  1. Huber Heights City Schools
  2. Beavercreek City Schools
  3. Miami Valley Hospital
  4. Premier Health
  5. Kettering City Schools
  6. West Carrollton School District
  7. Meijer
  8. Area Agency on Aging
  9. Assurant
  10. Springfield City Schools
  11. Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  12. Greene County
  13. University of Cincinnati
  14. Teradata
  15. Mad River Local Schools
  16. Freelance
  17. Columbus City Schools
  18. Centerville City Schools
  19. Wright-Patt Credit Union
  20. Sibcy Cline Realtors
  21. U.S. Bank
  22. Miamisburg City Schools
  23. Montgomery County Juvenile Court
  24. Miami University
  25. Tied: Good Samaritan Hospital, Heidelberg Distributing, Huntington National Bank, American Honda, City of Kettering, Catholic Social Services, City of Columbus


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