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Hands on the Prize

Students learn best through hands-on experiences, one of the most successful ways to prepare for future occupations. That’s why, together with our partners, UTSA has created hundreds of opportunities for students in classroom to career learning— hands-on learning outside the classroom through research, discovery, study abroad, internships, community engagement, and other creative and professional experiences. For students who desire to be community and business leaders, San Antonio serves as an expanded campus, providing learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom and opening doors for those who are diligent, focused and ready to grow.

The Goal: By 2028, UTSA will provide experiential learning opportunities to 75% of its students prior to graduation.

Experiential Learning Works

Applied learning experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop marketable skills that complement their classroom knowledge. These hands-on learning opportunities – in government, in industry and in community organizations – position students for career success by teaching them leadership, teamwork and communications. Through applied learning, students develop a deeper understanding of how to work with people who have different skills, ideas and backgrounds. They also have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to practical challenges that improve society while deepening their own learning and broadening the development of their professional skills.

Roadrunner Impact Stories

Many UTSA students have experienced the value of classroom to career learning. They have developed marketable skills which enhance their self-efficacy and improve career success. We are pleased to share samples of their work.

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Carmen Campalans Story

Carmen Campalans

Psychology

San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic
“My work at the refugee clinic has reinforced how health extends beyond a prescription and the physical treatment of ailments and has brought me closer to my goal of becoming a physician assistant.”

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Jay’Len Boone

Global Affairs and Sociology

Global Citizen
“This project with Global Citizen, has helped me retain skills that are valuable in any field. It has also provided me with a network of amazing global citizens and global advocates, thus, preparing me for a career in global affairs.”

Jay’Len Boone Story
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Montana Meeker Story

Montana Meeker

Finance

City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department
“The project gave me a more holistic understanding of the systems at work in my city and taught me practical skills in the workplace. My experiences were a chance to use my passion for innovation and creative problem-solving to give back to my community.”

Life Changing Experiences

UTSA students have sailed around the world, designed educational tools for elephants, created video games for injured veterans, assisted in neighborhood planning and improvements, and literally experienced life changing moments in various settings. Here are samples of their work.

Innovations come to life at UTSA College of Engineering Tech Symposium

Innovations come to life at UTSA College of Engineering Tech Symposium

Honors College students create enrichment devices for elephants

Honors College students create enrichment devices for elephants

Computer science students create video games for injured veterans

Computer science students create video games for injured veterans

UTSA students research human-wildlife interactions in South Texas and Mexico

UTSA students research human-wildlife interactions in South Texas and Mexico

Taylor Buchanan sailed around the world during unique study abroad experience

Taylor Buchanan sailed around the world during unique study abroad experience

Counseling students and faculty sharpen their skills in Mexico

Counseling students and faculty sharpen their skills in Mexico

Science students from around the country and Mexico showcase their research at UTSA

Science students from around the country and Mexico showcase their research at UTSA

Civic identity of San Antonio explored during UTSA Summit

Civic identity of San Antonio explored during UTSA Summit

Seven UTSA colleges receive grants to empower student success

Seven UTSA colleges receive grants to empower student success

Join us as a Partner

San Antonio is a living laboratory for learning, discovery and engagement, and it provides opportunities for tomorrow’s developing leaders.

By becoming a UTSA partner for experiential learning, you will have work done at your business by some of the best and the brightest minds in the area. As a partner, you will be equipped with a front door to this program in order to discuss new opportunities or to troubleshoot issues.

As our partners are the first ones to work with the interns, they possess the initial opportunity to hire them as graduates for their workforce.

We welcome more partners in our quest to serve San Antonio and strengthen the education experience for our students.

Join us as a Partner