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Experiential Opportunities Infographic


Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service-learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships*.

Source:  “A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation,” National Association of Colleges and Employers


Types of Experience

The Stony Brook University Career Center's experiential learning initiatives support undergraduate and graduate students seeking internships, cooperative education, volunteer, gap-year positions, fellowships, job shadowing, and other experiential learning opportunities. Students can search for these opportunities on  Handshake.


The Stony Brook University Career Center offers more than 2,000 internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students every year. This section of our website contains information and resources to assist you in identifying and securing this important aspect of your university experience.

  • Types of Internships (Coming soon!)
  • Internship Eligibility  (Coming soon!)
  • Credit vs Non-credit Internships (Coming soon!)
  • EXP+ requirements  (Coming soon!)
  • EXT 288/488 Internship Program

Handshake is the Stony Brook University employer database, containing thousands of employer records.  Handshake is the first resource you should use to identify employers and apply for internships. Hundreds of opportunities are posted every semester.

In fact,  Handshake is used for ALL employment – part-time jobs, work-study, on-campus employment, community service positions, gap-year opportunities, and full-time post-graduation positions. For help using  Handshake, stop by the Career Center during business hours.


The mission of the Stony Brook University Career Center Cooperative Education Program, in partnership with employers and faculty, is to provide students with paid, degree-enhancing, professional work experience. 

Benefits of co-ops:

  • Encourage student growth by providing opportunities that link classroom theory with world-of-work practice in various industries
  • Empower students to make informed career decisions and move toward achieving an advantage in a competitive job market, while earning academic credit
  • Provide the practical foundation needed to gain admission to the top graduate schools

How does a Co-op Position Differ from an Internship?

While an internship may be paid or unpaid, a co-op position is always a paid position and students are required to enroll in an academic course for variable credit. Co-ops are high-level positions that allow students to directly apply what they have learned in their coursework and gain industry experience.  “Co-op vs Internship” (Coming soon!).

Co-op Structures & Registration (Coming soon!)

Student/Employer/Faculty Responsibilities (Coming soon!)

Timeline to Apply (Coming soon!)

Handshake is the first resource you should use to identify employers and apply for co-ops.

For help using  Handshake, stop by the Career Center during business hours.

On Campus Employment
Stony Brook University employs more than 4,700 students in more than 6,800  jobs across our campuses on an annual basis. The student employment program managed by the Career Center offers:
  • Hundreds of student employment positions on campus: student assistant, graduate assistant, federal work-study, research assistant, and more
  • Collaborations with more than 360 academic and administrative hiring departments
  • Handshake: application and recruiting database where students search and apply for on-campus positions: <Jobs & Internships<Job Type<On Campus Student Employment
  • Training and professional development workshops
  • Meaningful learning and development opportunities
  • Enhanced student employment practices across the campus

For more information, see the On-Campus Student Employment website.  With additional questions, please

On-Campus Student Employment

Community Service & Service Learning
Community service can help you build skills and grow as an individual. Volunteer experiences are available to meet a variety of interests and skill sets. There are many ways you can give back to the community while being a student and also in the future as an experienced professional. 

Service-learning integrates classroom instruction and reflection with meaningful community service to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities. The Career Center connects employers with academic and administrative departments to work with students on projects that benefit the agencies and community. Some exemplary SBU service-learning projects are coordinated with several community agencies and students from the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, College of Business, Campus Residences and others.

Community Service & Service Learning Site

Jobs: Part-time / Full-time / Gap-year

Coming soon!

Leadership & Student Engagement

Student groups are a great place to build skills. You do not have to be the President of a student organization to build leadership skills. There are over 400+ student organizations to meet a variety of interests, ranging from cultural to professional and everything in between.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Go Abroad
Interested in studying or building experience abroad? Visit the following resources for more information:

Study Abroad & Exchange

My World Abroad

Coming soon!
Employer Site Visits
Coming soon!



Finding Experience

The Career Center provides access to many different resources to connect to experiences. You can utilize multiple resources as early as freshman year to find experience!                                      



Handshake is Stony Brook’s job database for students and alumni. It is innovative, intuitive, and mobile!

  • Search for all types of jobs, including part-time and full-time employment, gap year, student employment positions, internships on/off campus and volunteer opportunities
  • Become eligible for campus interviews and resume referral
  • Track your job search, including job listings for which you have applied
  • Send your resume to employers
  • Receive e-mails about upcoming career events

A demo video is available within Handshake - you can login to view it and learn more.

If you need help, of course, you're always welcome at the Career Center! You can also call us at (631) 632-6810, or email us at


Connect with employers from various industries to uncover the information you want and make a good impression on those with the power to give you a job!

Job & Internship Fairs

Information Sessions

Employer Events

On-Campus Interviews

Networking Opportunities 

Take advantage of the many networking opportunities the Career Center offers each year!

Alumni Networking Mixer (Annual Spring Semester Event)

Career Advisors Networking (CAN) Program    

Use multiple resources
  • We strongly encourage all students and alumni to use  Handshake to search for experience. Over 24,000 positions were posted in Handshake during the 2016-2017 academic year.  You’ll also  want to take advantage of additional resources to help maximize your search efforts. You can view additional resources below under Employer Search Resources and Additional Resources
Search early
  • It’s never too early to begin searching! If you find something you are not yet qualified for, you can work towards developing the necessary skills and apply in the future. Make sure to save the information for future reference.
Search frequently
  • How long a position is posted for can depend on a few different factors including the deadline the recruiter has to meet, the length of the recruitment process, and how many applications are received.
Save job descriptions
  • Internet links can change or expire. Saving or printing job descriptions not only helps with preparing your written materials but also with interview preparation and organization of your search process. 
Stay organized
  • You can create a spreadsheet or any other method that you prefer to track your applications. Staying organized during your job search helps you to see where you have applied and prioritize deadlines that are approaching first.
Sharpen your resume & cover letter
  • Your written materials are the first thing a recruiter sees. Find out more about resume and cover letter preparation and review here
Save your documents with appropriate titles
  • The last thing a recruiter needs is a file titled ‘resume.’ All documents submitted should have clear and concise titles. Ex. Resume of John Doe - Company - Position; Cover Letter of John Doe - Company - Position
Manage your internet presence
  • Recognize how you represent yourself via social media and the internet. Design your presence to reflect how you want to be perceived by a recruiter. You can find out more about building your brand here.
  • Understand and know the industry and field you are applying to. 
Employer Search Resources

Benefits of Experience

There are many benefits to building experience! Whether you are just getting started or are an experienced professional, experience will help you navigate your career path. You can build experience both in and outside of the classroom. 

Exploration Through Experience

Experience can help you to learn more about who you are, what you like and what you do not like. Whether or not you have a specific career path in mind, experience will help you to try new things, build skills and learn about yourself. From entry-level employee to experienced professional, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow.

Explore majors & careers

Build Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are skills and abilities that can be applied in various settings and throughout different experiences. These skills will continue to develop as you progress in your career. They are useful across industries and professions, meaning they will never go to waste!

Identify your skills

Have What Employers Look For

Increase the competitiveness of your application by building experience! Understanding industry expectations and needs can help you identify experiential opportunities to pursue. Find out what employers are looking for through on-campus employer events and through career communities!

Visit Career Communities




 Additional Resources

Additional resources are available as you build experience and search for new experiences. In this section you wil find additional resources related to Student Awards & Recognition as well as Professional Associations. 


Professional Associations

Professional associations exist across industries and help to connect professionals to others in their fields, as well as to help support the progression of the field. Professional associations offer a variety of resources including networking opportunities, industry requirements and recent publications. Many professional associations offer discounted memberships to students.

Some examples of professional associations include:

American Medical Association

Society for Human Resource Management

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

National Association of Environmental Professionals

National Council of Nonprofits

Student Experiential Highlights

Stony Brook University students take part in all types of experiential opportunities both right here at SBU and around the world. Find out more about the great experiences students have taken part in through the featured student experiential highlights below!

robert experiential highlight

cheyenne experiential highlight

justin experiential highlight

hannah experiential highlight

natalie experiential highlight

sa adia experiential highlight

karteek experiential highlight

michaela experiential highlight



 Beyond The Classroom

Annual Non-Credit Experience Report

Ever wonder...

Where do students work? What do students do with X major? Do students work, or do they engage in research, service, study abroad or internships?


We have ​some ​good answers ​to​ these questions,​ but we only have part of the story​,​ and we need your feedback. Help us tell the story of the amazing experiences our students gain. Please take a moment to fill out a brief questionnaire about your experiences!

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