Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning in Arts and Science

Experiential learning programs offer you a hands-on way of learning that allows you to expand your knowledge and skills. Set yourself up for success in your future career, by gaining skills employers search for such as problem-solving, decision making, teamwork, and critical thinking. From internships and apprenticeships to academic courses and challenges, you have a range of experiential learning opportunities to ensure a successful bridge between your time at Arts and Science and your future career.

Participating in experiential learning activities in Arts and Science can have a very positive impact on your academic and professional careers. 

Benefits of experiential learning opportunities include:

  • Connecting theory to practice
  • Developing critical thinking & reflection skills
  • Improving problem solving skills
  • Engaging with diverse communities
  • Communicating with a variety of audiences using a variety of methods
  • Developing resilience
  • Building confidence
  • Investing in the learning process

Learn more about the incredible experiential learning programs and courses offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science below.

Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

Test drive a career, earn a competitive salary, and get real-world experience.

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) provides 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students hands-on experience with a paid 12-16 month work term. You will build a network of professional and personal contacts, develop the skills employers are seeking, and build the confidence, motivation, and professional work habits you will need to excel.

Visit our QUIP webpage to learn more including how to sign up for upcoming information sessions and to learn more about available internships.

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Subject-Based Internships

Put theory into practice. Find a world of learning outside the classroom.

ArtArt Conservation internship courses
Museum or gallery undergraduate internship (ARTH395) (PDF)
ComputingStudents in the Bachelor of Computing (Honours) program can register to do a Professional Internship.
Environmental StudiesGraduate Research and Internship Opportunities
International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) (for graduates)
French StudiesUndergraduate Internship Opportunities
Global Development StudiesInternship information and resources for new graduates
HistoryExperiential Learning in Historical Practice (HIST 212)
Queen's Archival Internships (HIST 501/502)
Experiential Learning in Academic Publishing (HIST 512)
Independent Research Opportunities (HIST 514,515,517)
Kinesiology and Health StudiesCommunity-Based Internships
Political StudiesEthnicity and Democratic Governance Project
Undergraduate Summer Internship Program
PsychologyClinical Psychology Graduate Internship Courses
Urban and Regional PlanningPaid internships with public and private sector organizations across Canada
Placements in China

Careers start with experience. Experience starts with opportunity. Opportunity starts here.

Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) is a great way to gain real work experience and make some money right out of your undergraduate degree. This program matches up soon-to-be graduating undergraduate arts and humanities students, with local employers to jump start your career in the summer. 

The program consists of a one-year, salary paid, career apprenticeship in Kingston, along with mentorship and networking opportunities to ensure your success long-term.

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Become a change-maker. Become future ready.

Interested in getting a head-start in your career? Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial thinking placements with innovative companies in Canada. The program aims to inspire your creativity, resiliency, and future vision—so you can hone your entrepreneurial thinking and shape your future with market-ready skills.

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ASCX 200: Collaborative Problem Solving 

Dean Barbara Crow challenges you to make changes. The Dean’s Changemaker Challenge is a hands-on learning opportunity for you and other undergraduate students from across the Faculty to collaborate to make meaningful changes that will improve the environment and experience here in Arts and Science.

Be mentored by successful Arts and Science alumni, gain valuable in-demand skills and compete in a final pitch competition to win up to $10,000 in seed funding!


ASCX 300: Implementing Strategies

The course is dedicated to the implementation of a solution to a pre-identified problem. The topics will be immediately relevant to launching a venture, such as entrepreneurial project management, capitalizing a venture, and organizational governance. Working in the same ASCX 200 team, where students developed their first Minimum Viable Product (MVP), teams will then craft the proposed solution into a prototype and final pitch. 

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ASCX 400: Interdisciplinary Client-based Projects

Act as consultant and/or project manager and take on the full scope of a project, from ideation to project design and implementation. You will hone transferable skills that employers are searching for, such as project management, problem solving, communication, and how to work with clients and stakeholders.

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FAStrack: Skills for Navigating University and Beyond

Learn how to navigate through your university career and set yourself up to succeed! This free three-week (non-credit) course explores topics that are essential for success at university and after graduation, including tactics for how to approach your university courses, writing strategies, critical thinking, logical reasoning skills, working in teams, and intercultural competency. 

Non-credit, summer only.


Queen's University supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Social Impact Challenge Bank provides opportunities for students to connect with local and global communities through challenges that align with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. In partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at Smith School for Business, your EL team will work with Instructors to provide “Challenges” in the form of Case Studies and Live Briefs that develop your problem solving, creativity, innovation and employability skills that employers are looking for in today’s graduates.


Stand out when you graduate.

Take a certificate for-credit such as Employment Relations, French for Professionals, and Indigenous Languages and Cultures or take our first non-credit certificate in Organized Crime Prevention.

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Earn credit toward your degree while studying in another country.

Whether you wish to complete a full course load during a year or term abroad, or earn a single credit during a short-term program in another country, the IPO (International Programs Office) will work with you and your academic department(s) to identify a program suited to your learning goals. We urge you to consider all of your international study options as early as possible, so that you may plan ahead to incorporate a study abroad experience within your undergraduate program.

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Bader International Study CentreSummer Field Schools: British Archaeology  | Digital Humanities |  Global Health and Disability  |  Global Project Management | Medieval Performance Theatre
Department of ArtVenice Summer School: Art and Architecture in Venice
Department of BiologyField Study Courses  |  Biology Station (QUBS)*
Department of ClassicsClassic archaeological Digs in Italy and North Macedonia  
School of Kinesiology and Health StudiesField Placement and Internship Courses (in collaboration with Athletics and Recreation): Athletic Therapy  |  Strength and Conditioning 
Global Development StudiesStudy in Cuba
Department of Geological Sciences and Geological EngineeringThe department offers multiple field trips for the courses listed in the Field Trips page.

*Queen's University Biological Station

The Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS) has been a pivotal part of research and teaching at Queen's University for more than six decades. Located 50 km north of Kingston, QUBS encompasses approximately 3000 hectares of property, a range of habitat types typical of Eastern Ontario, and many species of conservation concern in Canada. The Station hosts myriad field courses, school groups, and outreach workshops annually.