Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning in Arts and Science

Gain a Competitive EDGE

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.

Subject-based Internships
Environmental Studies
French Studies
Global Development Studies
Kinesiology and Health Studies
Political Studies
Urban and Regional Planning

Queen's Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

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

Queen's Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

In partnership, Queen’s Arts and Science and Kingston Economic Development Corporation connects soon-to-be graduates, such as yourself, with local employers to accelerate careers post-graduation.

Find out how you can secure a 1-year, full-time, paid position and engage with leading Kingston employers through the Queen's Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program.

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Experience Ventures

Become a change-maker. Become future ready.

Experience Ventures

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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Courses with an Experiential Learning Focus

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers a wide range of courses with an experiential learning focus. Prepare yourself for careers that don't even exist yet, gain hands-on experience or take part in the Dean's Changemaker Challenge. 

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Community Partnership Project 

The Community Partnership Project (CPP) is a database resource that synthesizes local community organizations and identifies how their strategic plans, visions, and goals align with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The CPP offers you a way to find out what local organizations are concerned about, further your connections with the local community, gain opportunities to engage in a meaningful way, and to apply your skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to real-world issues and challenges facing our community.

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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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Study Abroad

Earn credit toward your degree while studying in another country.

Study Abroad

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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Field Studies

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.

Department of Art
Department of Biology
Department of Classics

Archaeological Dig Courses: 

Global Development Studies