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Applied Learning

What is applied learning?

Applied learning engages you beyond the classroom to apply knowledge and develop skills and values that enable you to connect your academic pursuits meaningfully with your personal and professional lives. It is framed around four key criteria:

  • Clearly defined learning outcomes
  • Systematic and structured supervisor/mentor feedback
  • Opportunities for ongoing reflection
  • Synthesis and/or application of learning

Applied learning can take many forms, including community-engaged learning, study abroad, research, externships, and internships.

Why is applied learning important?

Applied learning enables you to:

  • Apply what you are learning in the classroom to other settings
  • Build transferable skills in a professional setting
  • Positively impact your community
  • Reflect on your experiences


Applied learning happens in a range of settings, across the university.

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The Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement collaborates with multiple campus partners.

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Located in the Cohen Career Center, our office is between the Sadler Center and Zable Stadium on Stadium Drive.

We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Cohen Career Center 180 Stadium Drive Williamsburg, VA 23186

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Mailing Address

Cohen Career Center P.O. Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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