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Experiential Learning

Learning by doing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to prepare for life after graduation.

Can you offer experiential learning opportunities to the next generation?

Experiential learning happens inside and outside of the classroom

Students connect theory to practice through internships, volunteering or industry engagement to develop 21st century skills and broaden their professional network. From joining student groups to serving within community organizations, our students seek experiences in self-discovery, career exploration and professional development. 

By creating a new experiential learning opportunity for a Concordia student, you will access the next generation of talent that can provide a fresh perspective to invigorate your organization. Engaging in experiential learning activities is a great way to change lives and give back to your alma mater! Below are some ways to get started today.

Beat the Odds (BTO)

Beat the Odds (BTO) is an inclusive internship program that levels the playing field for students who face a variety of challenges: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, being a parent, having a disability, being in financial need, coping as an international student or refugee and more.

Students in equity-seeking groups benefit the most from a paid professional experience in their field of study. Through BTO, they broaden their professional network, gain essential employability skills and access support and mentorship opportunities to better prepare them for life after graduation.

By hiring a student, you will strengthen your organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion while providing guidance and leadership as the student builds their self-confidence and discovers their strengths. This helps remove barriers to employment and professional advancement for the students who need it the most.

Contact us to welcome a BTO intern into your world:


Riipen is an online matchmaking platform that has been connecting industry to students and faculty at Concordia University since 2018. Riipen allows you to crowdsource ideas for one of your organizational projects or processes and to search for top talent to join your team.

Here’s how it works:

  • Partner with an instructor to have students work on your project for a classroom assignment.
  • Post an open challenge online for students to work independently or in self-formed groups. This could be a useful prescreening activity to help you select the right candidate for your organization.
  • Post a virtual internship opportunity for students with for-credit internship degree requirements.

Whether you work with students through a virtual internship, as part of a class or by creating a challenge, you can collaborate with talented students on concrete projects.

Visit the employer introduction page for more information.

Contact the Experiential Learning Office to get started:

Contact the Experiential Learning Office:

Visit the Experiential Learning web site for more information.

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