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Learn by doing, together.

Centre for Experiential and Service Learning

We know that learning happens best by doing.

At the Centre for Experiential and Service Learning we're here to help you learn by doing, which is what experiential learning is all about! You’ll have more opportunities to apply what you learn – not only in the classroom, but across campus, and in the wider community. This hands-on approach will help you retain what you learn and build valuable experience for your resumé and future employment.

Gain experience in both paid and volunteer positions. Graduate career-ready and find work fast!

What's in It for You?

  • Workshops, programming, and campus events to gain skills specific to your goals and educational path.
  • Digital badges that you can add to your resume and/or professional portfolios in areas such as career foundations, cultural awareness, leadership, and mentorship. Badges are designed to recognize the skills and opportunities students are participating in outside of the formal classroom.
  • Transferable skills, knowledge, and experience to ensure you are career-ready when you graduate.

Contact Us

Centre for Experiential and Service Learning (CESL)
163 Riddell Centre
8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday


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All other inquiries:

Your One-stop Shop for Experiential and Service Learning

We'll work with you to identify your career, academic, and personal goals, while guiding you to opportunities such as:

  • Hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom.
  • Credit for hands-on learning as part of your program.
  • Paid work in the co-operative education program.
  • Student-run Volunteer Centre to help you find more service opportunities in the community.
  • Training before you go out to volunteer so you can feel confident and ready.
  • Goal setting and self-assessments to help make your goals a reality.
  • Career guidance and training in resumé writing and job interview skills.

Watch our video to learn more about hands-on learning and how the Centre for Experiential and Service Learning can help you become career-ready!

Explore Our Services, Your Future!

The CESL is here to help you learn by doing, graduate career-ready, and find work fast! Learn more about our services here.

Student Employment Services

Get access to comprehensive job search opportunities and connections to employers. Resources include online job postings and career fairs for part-time, summer, and full-time jobs before and after you graduate.

Work Experience

Gain paid work experience through our co-operative education program – the first co-op program in Western Canada!

Experiential Badges

Sharpen skills specific to your goals and educational path through our digital badges. Students will attend workshops, programming, and campus events to earn badges. Graduate career-ready with transferable skills, knowledgeable, and experience.

Volunteer Connections

Our student-run Volunteer Centre will help you find community-focused and accessible volunteer opportunities. Give back to the community and support others while you build transferable, employable skills. Succeed and go far, together.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Grad students and postdocs can access additional experiential learning opportunities to complement your career readiness. Experiential learning not only provides hands-on training and a built-in advantage in a competitive job market, but it also helps bolster your career confidence and expand your professional networks.

Indigenous Career Education

If you are an Indigenous student, you can apply for relevant work experience and personal enrichment opportunities under our successful Full Circle Summer Internship program. You’ll also have access to co-operative education and internship placements.

Career Exploration and Counselling

An Experiential Learning Coordinator can help you work through the latest ideas and career-matching tools. Test career options for best fit or narrow possible career paths as you earn your degree and beyond. We offer both group career exploration sessions and individual career counselling for current U of R students and alumni.