Sanya (asian, woman) a medical lab science student, working with her mentor, Elizabeth S Liedhegner (white woman) in the lab

Learn by Doing

Go beyond the textbooks with experiential learning at UWM

Hands-On Learning at UWM

A well-rounded education doesn’t come from textbooks alone.

We encourage all UWM students to build on what they learn in class with hands-on experiences and community connections. Our students travel to other countries, do research, create startups, teach in Milwaukee classrooms and more. No matter what you choose to study, you can get experience in your field, connect with others and graduate from UWM with a valuable degree and impressive resume.

3,700+partnerships with businesses, nonprofits and more
Student, Nik Prusinski, looking through a telescope.
Erin, a UWM Story Experience student creating art with elderly people
33,000hours volunteered by UWM students in 2021

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Discover your passion and future career — in a laboratory, a city overseas or right in your neighborhood.

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1,000+ Research Opportunities Offered Each Year
No matter your major, you can research side by side with faculty, gain valuable work experience and start contributing to your field even as a first-year student.
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Alternative Spring Break, Study Abroad, Outdoor Education
Get college credit as well as a life-changing experience while studying abroad in another country or doing an alternative spring break.
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Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, Campus Ambassadors, Student Athletes
Fuel your drive to lead others and learn valuable skills along the way. Hone your talents here, and you’ll be able to tap into them long after college.
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Internships, Student Employment Programs, University Legal Clinic Paralegal Program
Take advantage of our home city and get a true taste of what working in your future field might be like. On-campus work opportunities are also available.
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Performance Arts, Entrepreneurial Programs, Story Experience Program
Share your creativity with the world through performances and community partnerships, or take your ideas to the next level with campus entrepreneurship programs.
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Course-Based Applied Projects, Community-Based / Service-Learning Courses, Nonprof-IT
Service-learning courses invite you take what you’ve learned in the classroom and use it to help a community, neighborhood or nonprofit with an established need.
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Clinical Experiences, Cooperatives, Field / Practicum Experiences, Student Teaching
Explore your career, learn the culture and not only fulfill your passion but also earn credits toward your degree.
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Apprenticeships, Vocational Training
You’ll have a chance to focus on building your skills in a specific area, and then leverage that knowledge right away in the workplace.
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