Experiential Education

Dimensions of Experiential Education

Five Dimensions

At Merrimack, we talk about five different dimensions of experiential education.

Clinical Education

Provides professionals-in-training in STEM and education disciplines with practical and skills-oriented instruction under the supervision of a skilled practitioner.

Cooperative Education and Internships

Both co-ops and internships are hands-on work experiences that allow students to pursue their career interests while gaining confidence, valuable contacts and marketable skills. The key differentiation is that co-ops are paid; internships can be paid or unpaid.

Global Education

Short-term or semester-long study abroad experiences that enhances and enriches students’ academic experience, develops their cross-cultural flexibility and empathy, and equips them to live and work as effective global citizens.

Service Learning

Volunteer activities with underserved populations that enable students to forge direct connections among their coursework, interest in community service and growth as responsible citizens.

Undergraduate Research

Provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work under the guidance of a Merrimack faculty member on engaging, meaningful and socially relevant research topics of import to society.