Experiential Learning

Experience Counts at Widener.

Widener University is committed to educating the next generation of successful leaders. But you don’t learn leadership in a lecture. That’s why we supplement programs with internships, co-ops, study awayservice learning courses, civic engagement projects, student research and other experiential learning opportunities.

Every day, Widener students take their learning outside the classroom and into the real world. Along the way they get practical job experience and give back to underserved communities at home and abroad through experiential service and volunteer activities.  Check out some highlights:

  • In 2008, six Widener students participated in Eurosim, a four-day simulation of the governing process of the European Union (EU). Widener alum Vitaliy Kin ('08) won top honors for his portrayal of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • During a ten-day winter break service learning course taught by Stephen Madigosky, chair of the environmental science department, Widener students worked at a Costa Rican non-profit dedicated to environmental stewardship.
  • Through free clinics and other community outreach activities, Widener students provide health education, mental health assessments, physical therapy services and legal assistance to local communities in need. For example, undergraduate and graduate students in Widener’s Center for Social Work have volunteered at Social Work Counseling Services (SWCS) as part of their social work course requirements.
  • Through Widener’s Bonner Leaders/Presidential Service Corps program, our students get on-the-ground experience working on civic engagement projects that improve the lives of individuals and communities.

Enroll at Widener and see what experiential learning can do for you and your career.


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Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

Difference makers

Dr. Marina Barnett Video

Difference makers

Catherine Rawlings Video

Difference makers

Dr. Jeannette Wyatt Video

Difference makers

Dr. Nadine McHenry Video

Program Highlight

1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.