Center for Experiential Education

Experiential education builds knowledge, develops skills and clarifies values by engaging students in direct experience, community engagement and focused reflection.

The Center for Experiential Education includes-


Service learning offers students enrolled in certain courses the opportunity to volunteer at relevant not-for-profit organizations as part of the class.


Internships provide the opportunity to explore career options in a supervised work setting. Students can register for an internship course in one of Normandale's departments where they get paired witha  faculty member who teaches the internship course.  In the internship course students spend approximately 5-10 hours per week at an internship, earning 2-4 credits per semester.    


We can provide you with recommendations of where to volunteer that matches your interests and goals.

Leadership Through Service

Students in Leadership Through Service are part of a supportive peer network of students that empowers them to positively impact their community on and off campus.  Members volunteer at least 40 hours over the course of a semester and get a scholarship of $500.  Students must be first generation college students and/or have unmet financial need. 

America Reads and Counts

America Reads and Counts is a program where Normandale students tutor Bloomington Public School children in reading, math and after school homework help.  Tutors can be a volunteer or, if eligible, get paid through work study.  Applications are accepted at the start of fall and spring semesters.

Campus Cupboard

The Campus Cupboard is a food pantry for Normandale students aimed at eliminating hunger as a distraction for those experienciong financial hardship.  The Campus Cupboard operates in partnership with Good in the 'Hood, a food shelf in Bloomington.  Location:  Activities Building (A2503)

For More Information

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

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