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  • School of Business Administration

    • Quick Center
    • tel: 610-499-4300
    • fax: 610-499-4614
  • Lou Anne Vike

    • Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
    • Quick Center, Room 141
    • tel: 610-499-4309


Experiential Learning, Business

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Small Business Development Center

Students gain valuable experience and give back to the community as they provide consulting services and a series of educational programs to new and existing businesses. Watch video...

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Practical, hands-on experience helps our business students to hone in on a career path, learn crucial skills needed for the marketplace, and expand their professional network. Watch video...

We encourage our students to gain experience outside of the classroom. By participating in paid co-op positions, internships, service learning, and experiential learning, our students prepare for their field and a life as engaged citizens.

Practical, hands-on experience helps students hone in on a career path, learn crucial skills needed for the marketplace, and expand their professional network. By working in the industry, students learn valuable knowledge that cannot be gained from the classroom only.


We tap into our strong alumni network to help place our students in co-op positions so that they can gain real-world experience. These co-op positions are offered to help students explore their interests and network outside of the university. Opportunities exist at a range of locations, from KPMG in Philadelphia to Widener’s own Small Business Development Center. Learn more about the co-op program, facilitated by Career Design and Development.


Internships are required for finance majors; other majors are encouraged to take advantage of them. Students can explore career options, network with professionals, apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real-world environment, and acquire new skills. We aim to place students in an environment that suits their interests and continuously work on new partnerships—like one recently formed with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

Service Learning

We know that a strong character is at the core of every successful and respected businessperson. Therefore, we encourage our students to take part in character-building service learning opportunities. Students use the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to help the community, such as by providing free tax preparation assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled, or limited English-speaking people.

Field Experience

Our faculty often take students out of the classroom and into the field for unique learning experiences. Our sport management students assist the Philadelphia Eagles marketing team by surveying fans about their experiences and later reporting their findings. Students interested in finance have the opportunity to join the Money Club, where they gain experience managing a portfolio.

Study Abroad

We know that our students will enter a global marketplace and need the skills to think and communicate about their work in a global context. Therefore, we encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities to gain new perspectives. Students can take part in group trips like the School of Business Administration’s Honors Program trip over winter break or Widener’s exchange program with universities in Chongqing, China.