Engage, Reflect, and Excel with the Office of Experiential Learning

Values like leadership, a global mindset, resilience, and entrepreneurship don’t come from reading. They are developed by doing.

Our experiential learning programs immerse you in real-world situations with businesses and organizations where your work can have a real impact. You’ll gain the experience you need to succeed in today’s business world. You’ll develop the Carey Core Competencies through:

  • Global Experiences: Work on projects in emerging markets around the globe in Innovation for Humanity
  • Teaming and Leadership: Participate in a Leadership Development Expedition to Belize or Norway
  • Community Impact: Serve on a local nonprofit board or engage in the Community Consulting Lab
  • Student Organizations: Lead an industry or identity-based organization
  • Case Competitions: Compete against other top business schools in national competitions


The Experiential Learning Foundation

Our programs are based on three fundamental processes:

  1. Engage: Real-world experience with external entities or immersion in complex contexts is vital for experiential learning to take place.
  2. Reflect: Participants regularly reflect on the experience, actively incorporating feedback to further grow their professional skills.
  3. Excel: Students experiment with new approaches to develop and practice important competencies. Each experience will prepare students for the business world after they graduate.

* The Carey Experiential Foundation is based off David Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle. 

The Six Phases of project-based learning

Carey's approach to project-based learning follows these steps:

  1. Teaming: Developing effective teams that nurture trust, encourage intellectual curiosity and productive debate, commit to the engagement, embrace accountability, and remain focused on the goals of the project.
  2. Context: Each project will engage external partners in real-world scenarios so students can learn how to navigate complex organizational cultures and structures as well as external and internal influences.
  3. Engagement: When working with external partners, students commit to developing pragmatic, actionable recommendations through collaboration with each partner.
  4. Efficacy: Teams effectively address challenges by developing and deploying a resilience mindset that adjusts with the changing requirements of the project and generates creative solutions.
  5. Innovation: Teams develop novel, effective ideas tailored to the context of the engagement.
  6. Delivery: Projects conclude with the team delivering its recommendations to the project partners. Deliverables include a clear explanation of the methodology, recommendations for solving the challenge, and an implementation plan to put the recommendations into action.