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Employers place high value on skills gained through workforce experience. Internships provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about their intended career. Whether pursuing a career as a scientist, accountant, social worker, artist, teacher, journalist or pursuing another post-baccalaureate or post-graduate career, interns develop specific skills and gain experiences that increase their value to potential employers by making them more effective employees.

Students engaged in internships are monitored and mentored in their work site. In cases where the internship is also associated with a course, they are also monitored and mentored by a faculty member. Depending on the nature of the internship, students typically work 45 to 75 hours over the course of a semester on-site for every credit hour they earn.

Interns are expected to:

  • Protect confidential information about the organization providing the internship and information regarding clients of the organization (e.g., business clients, students, patients).
  • Establish and follow a work schedule approved by the sponsoring organization.
  • Working with the sponsoring organization and faculty mentor, create learning objectives for the internship.
  • Represent their sponsoring organization, MWSU, and themselves in a professional manner.

If you are a student ;looking for an internship opportunity or are an employer seeking to post an opportunity, please visit the MWSU Internship site to get started.

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Clinical Practica

At Missouri Western, students in healthcare programs engage in clinical practicum experiences that place them directly into the healthcare system, working alongside practitioners as they learn.  Students in Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Laboratory Science, and Health Information Management spend between 1 and 2 years engaged in these applied learning experiences prior to graduation.

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Teaching Practica

At Missouri Western we believe in getting students into the classroom as soon as possible. Our education majors are placed into classrooms as early as their sophomore year and culminate with a semester long experience in their own classroom as a senior.  Students learn directly from seasoned educators in the classroom, connecting with students of all ages and learning the joys and challenges of teaching firsthand.  You can find out more about teacher preparation at MWSU by visiting the Department of Education.

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Student Employment

Students have a wide variety of opportunities to work on campus while pursuing their degree.  Students serve as lifeguards, transition mentors, tutors, office assistants, and so much more.  Connect with an employment opportunity by visiting the Student Employment Webpage.

EARN: Help pay for educational expenses while pursuing your degree.

LEARN: Gain valuable transferable skills needed to reach your career goals.

CONNECT: Become a valued member of the campus and community workforce.

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The 16th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE) will be held March 7-8, 2024 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The abstract submission portal opens Oct. 1, 2023. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 5, 2024.

Barriers to Engagement in Applied Learning

The 2024 conference theme focuses on barriers to engaging in applied learning and strategies to overcome them. These barriers may be experienced by students, faculty, or institutions. This broad theme should allow and encourage submissions of applied learning activities in all various forms. Submissions do not have to directly encompass the theme. We welcome submissions that may address an applied learning activity, community engagement or research, including theoretical and philosophical foundations of applied learning.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matt Wolfgram, Associate Researcher and Principal Investigator at the University of Wisconsin, Center for Education Research. Dr. Wolfgram’s research employes ethnography, participatory action research, and other qualitative research methods to study factors that impact the educational experiences of minoritized college students. Among his many efforts includes a recently completed project, “The College Internship Study: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study Exploring the Impacts of College Internships on Student Outcomes at HBCUs.”

Thursday, March 7
4:30 – 6:30 pm     Registration and Poster Session
6:30                       Dinner
7:00 – 8:00           Keynote address by Dr. Matt Wolfgram, University of Wisconsin
Friday, March 8
8:00 – 10:00        Session 1:  Presentations, workshops, and roundtable events
10:00 – 12:00      Session 2:  Presentations, workshops, and roundtable events
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch and Panel Discussion “Reducing Access Barriers to Applied Learning”
1:00 – 3:00          Session 3:  Presentations, workshops, and roundtable events
3:00 – 5:00          Session 4:  Presentations, workshops, and roundtable events
5:00 – 6:00          Networking and Social Time
6:00 – 7:00          Dinner and Closing Remarks

Griffon Office of Applied Learning

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Dr. Mike Ducey


Location: Eder Hall Room 221
Phone: 816.271.4391

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Griffon Office of Applied Learning

Cassandra Penick

Administrative Coordinator

Location: Eder Hall Room 221
Phone: 816.271.4468

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