Center for Experiential Education

Experiential education builds knowledge, develops skills and clarifies values by engaging learners in direct experience, community engagement and focused reflection. The Center for Experiential Education includes Service-Learning, Internships, Volunteering, Leadership through Service and America Reads and Counts.

Experiential Education

  • Develops future leaders
  • Connects experiential education to the curriculum through reflection
  • Links students to their community
  • Meets community needs while earning credit
  • Builds a strong resume
  • Provides career networking opportunities


Service-Learning integrates classroom theory with meaningful community service projects in an effort to enhance curriculum and promote civic responsibility. Normandale faculty and students agree that involvement in service strengthens the learning process.

Students can participate in Service-Learning by:

  • Enrolling in a class that offers a Service-Learning option;
  • Enrolling in Sociology 1103, Social Change in Action and Service Learning;
  • Getting involved in a variety of on/off-campus projects.

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Internships provide the opportunity to explore career options in a supervised work setting. Students spend approximately 5 to 10 hours per week on the job, earning 2-4 credits per semester. Students meet with faculty to fulfill course requirements. Information can be found in the course schedule, at the Center for Experiential Education or by emailing    


Students not enrolled in a service-learning course can still benefit from experiential education by getting involved in their community through volunteering. Resources and assistance in how to get started can be obtained at the Center for Experiential Education.

Leadership Through Service

Leadership Through Service (LTS) is a program that aims to foster civic engagement among college students and encourage positive relationships between campuses and communities. Students accepted into the program complete 300 hours of direct service. LTS provides a financial award of $1,000. Students involved in LTS benefit by developing their workforce skills and connections with the community. New student cohorts begin at the start of June and January.

For More Information

For more information about any of our experiential education opportunities, visit the Center for Experiential Education in C1066, call 952-358-8119 or email

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services provides intensive, individualized coaching to students to achieve persistence, performance, and completion. TRIO utilizes sound academic guidance, co-curricular educational experiences, and connection to key resources in order to advance opportunities for students who are low-income, students who are first-generation college students, and/or students with disabilities. More information is available at