Students find volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills, goals and availability.
Submit your internship posting through Handshake.
Your timeline may suit the academic year (fall, spring or summer) or a different project-specific time frame. You may also prefer certain majors. Students find internships based on their career goals and availability.
Did you know? … The UW-La Crosse Cooperative Education and Internship Program is one of the largest programs in the UW-System, connecting students with regional and national opportunities.
Submit research projects through the submission form.
Research collaborations typically occur on campus under instructor guidance. We will contact you to discuss what aspects of your project would fit with the timing and content of our coursework.
A course-embedded project may allow more students to be involved than would be common through an internship or an independent research project, though all three arrangements are available.
What is in it for you?
Why do we include "real life" projects in the classroom? Why work on a project out of class?
Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to help meet the needs of organizations in the community.
Enhance your resume and foster stronger connections with people on campus and in the community.
Become actively involved in creating knowledge in your discipline beyond what you learn in the classroom.
Gain experience and independence that employers and graduate schools value.
Decide if your major is a good fit for your career goals.
Projects can be done as a volunteer or for credit, and you can apply for grants to get paid to work on your project.
A list of over 400 potential mentors is on the Undergraduate Research and Creativity link below, and contact any whose work you find interesting.
What's in it for you?
Collaborations can come in the form of classroom-based projects or independent projects led by one or a few students under the guidance of a mentor. Projects can be completed by students and instructors in a variety of disciplines and can include output such as marketing-related analysis and reports, scientific research, survey or focus group research, art/photography projects, and many others.
What is in it for you? Why involve students in actual research or creative projects?
* Collaborating with community partners allows instructors to provide an authentic experience to students.
* Collaborations can contribute to scholarly outcomes and provide service opportunities.
* Collaborations show stakeholders outside of the university how instructors are engaged beyond the classroom, using their skills and expertise to benefit the wider community.
In this portal, instructors can view and search for projects that community partners, such as local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers, have submitted.
Born from the philosophy of experiential education advocated by John Dewey at the turn of the century, successful service learning opportunities connect students to their communities as engaged citizens who advance their own learning of relevant content with skills and value development in extended learning activities outside of the classroom. Service learning is distinguished from volunteerism, community service, and internships because the instructor ties the students' experiences to specific course content. Instructors looking for service learning topics can browse Ugetconnected or the Community Partnership Portal at the links below.
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Some internships are required as part of a student's academic program; however, the majority of internships are optional, and initiated by the student. After securing an internship, students are asked to notify Career Services, and will then be tasked with finding an instructor who agrees to serve as their faculty advisor. The process from there is mostly automated, although faculty are encouraged to provide students with additional responsibilities and guidance as they see fit. Career Services hosts frequent information sessions for students to learn more, and faculty are welcome to attend.
Course-embedded undergraduate research
Course-embedded research allows students to conduct independent research projects under the supervision of an instructor in a class. By embedding real projects into a course, instructors can have students directly apply concepts discussed in lecture. This can also benefit students from under-represented groups or those who might not have the funds or time to do research or an internship a valuable learning experience. Students in course-embedded research exhibit higher gains in understanding the construction of knowledge, having the ability to carry out data analysis and scientific writing, and understanding the use of evidence to support hypotheses and assertions. Instructors can also benefit if the projects the students work on are related to their own scholarship. Instructors looking for course-embedded research topics supplied by off-campus clients can browse the Community Partnership Portal at the link below.
Independent research introduces students to research opportunities early in their academic careers and forms strong ties between the student and mentor. The experiences the students gain help them become a professional in their field, and can benefit the mentor if the research topics are aligned. While mentors often have student work on a sub-set of a larger scholarly project initiated by the mentor, in some cases students are asked to pick their own topics. Instructors looking for independent student research topics can browse the Community Partnership Portal at the link below.
Research and consulting
Establishing a community-university partnership can provide a valuable opportunity for instructors to enhance their scholarship. In addition, faculty and staff may find that working with community partners via collaborative research projects could lead to publications, reports, or creative works. Opportunities may also arise to serve as a consultant to a business or nonprofit organization. By initiating the project as a course embedded research project, an instructor has the chance to learn if there is potential for future collaborations as well. Instructors looking for potential collaborations can browse the Community Partnership Portal at the links below.