Work Focused EE:
Placements provide the opportunity to students to apply what they have learned, theories and concepts, into a practice-related environment and provide relevant reflections of such work. Usually, placements are linked to professional programs and are known as practicum or practica or field work, as in the case of Teacher Education programs, or Social Work, Nursing, Anthropology, Law. Students are not being paid for their placement work, but they receive credit and, therefore, placements are evaluated. Students may complete their placement experience periodically and their attached courses provide opportunities for concrete reflections on the experience and remediation work if that is necessary. Community partners may be involved in the evaluation of students’ performance in their placements. For further information on students’ placements at Carleton University please visit the link.
Internships refer to work assignments that are a required part of academic program degrees or certificates and allow students to apply and expand their knowledge and skills in a work-related, professional environment. Internships can be part-time of full-time jobs, for which the student receives reimbursement. There is an assessment component in the internship and students’ work is evaluated based on predetermined learning goals set by all stakeholders involved: employer, instructor/supervisor and student. Students may submit a final work report and their transcript notification of pass or fair takes into consideration both the supervisor’s and the employer’s evaluation.
Carleton University provides opportunities to undergraduate students to gain experience through internships. For further information, please, visit the I-CUREUS (Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students) website.
3. Co-op Education
Co-operative Education programs are organized in 4 or 8 months work opportunities that are assigned with or without any course credits. These are considered as necessary and relevant learning engagements and are developed by the educational institutions, universities or colleges. They may alternate between full time academic terms and provide the opportunity to students to gain experience in their discipline and field of study. In co-op education students are being reimbursed for the work they do. Their performance in co-op is supervised and evaluated by the employer and monitored by the university. For further information in co-op program at Carleton University please visit the Co-Operative Education website.
Please, note that the Experiential Education website explores Experiential Education strategies that are Course Focused. For further information on Community and Work Focused Experiential Education strategies please visit the Discovery Centre website and the Carleton Connected website.