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Center for Experiential Learning

How We Can Help Your Business or Non-Profit Organization

From helping you find qualified candidates to enhancing team communication skills, the Center for Experiential Learning has a robust set of offerings for business and non-profit organizations.

In these tough economic times, most organizations are struggling to work through the same challenges: increasing productivity, finding world-class talent, stepping up their marketing efforts, and cutting budgets.

The Center for Experiential Learning at Keuka College can help your business—whether large or small—with many of these tasks. As the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, Keuka College specializes in a “learn by doing” approach to college education, which opens up a tremendous number of possiblities for businesses & non-profit organizations.

Working with the Center for Experiential Learning is mutually beneficial to both the College and your organization: you get the resources and expertise you need while, at the same time, providing the College, with its lifeblood: experiential education and real-world scenario opportunities for students and faculty.

These opportunities could come in the form of an internship, community service project, full- or part-time positions, or teambuilding exercises and activities.

Inside This Guide:

Field Periods & Internships

Every Keuka student, regardless of their major, must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period. The College relies on businesses across the world to provide these opportunities—either paid or unpaid—to our students.

Field Periods typically take place either during winter break (December – February) or the summer (May – August), and allow businesses to:

You can expect all Keuka students will show up with a willingness to be creative, an immense amount of energy, and an uncanny knack for creativity.

From day one, Keuka students are schooled in the underpinnings of the workplace, business communication, and professional ethics. When you host a Field Period, you’ll be inviting a consummate professional to join your team.

Interestingly enough, more than 40% of Keuka students receive job offers from one or more of their previous Field Period sites. That’s because hosting a Field Period is a proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees. “Try before you buy,” if you will.

Additionally, hosting a Field Period is a great way to fill temporary or seasonal positions as well.

How to Host a Field Period: If you’d be interested in hosting a Field Period, please connect with the Center for Experiential Learning (315) 279-5274.


You know the value of having employees with superior leadership, problem-solving and group communication skills. Keuka’s TeamWorks! program is a fun and effective way to reinforce these skills while boosting morale and enhance group dynamics.

Constructed in 1989 with a grant funded by The Birkett Mills, the ropes course features low and high elements, challenge initiatives, and trust activities. Each of the 27 elements offers a distinct challenge that can only be met when participants pool their physical and mental talents.

Participants come away with the ability to transfer what they’ve learned on the challenge course to real-life situations at work and home.

For more than 20 years, Keuka’s been custom-tailoring programs to meet the needs and objectives of each group, and organizations have noticed they’ve seen an instant return on their investment—participants have noticeably improved coping mechanisms, higher trust in themselves, improved communication skills, and increase motivation.

You can learn more about TeamWorks! by visiting its Web site, or by contacting TeamWorks! (315) 279-5240.

Hiring Keuka Grads

Armed with at least 560 hours of hands-on, real world experience (though many majors require additional fieldwork), Keuka College graduates are some of the most experienced and well-rounded entry-level professionals in their fields.

In addition to the experience they’ve gained during their Field Periods, a majority of our students participate in co-curricular activities, where they gain valuable skills in leadership, teamwork, and time management. Additionally, our pre-professional organizations offer membership to nationally-recognized industry associations, so our graduates hit the workforce knowing their industry’s latest best practices and trends.

There are a number of ways you can go about recruiting Keuka College graduates.

1. On-campus Recruitment Visits

You’re welcome to schedule recruiting visits to fill whatever full- or part-time, Field Period/internship, and volunteer openings you may have. We can also help schedule interviews with pre-screened candidates during your visit.

2. Informational Sessions

Similar to on-campus recruiting, we invite you to come to campus and share information about your organization, positions, training, and hiring processes during in-class and out-of-class presentation.

3. Annual Career Fairs

Keuka’s annual career fairs are a great opportunity you can use to recruit for Field Periods, internships, seasonal, temporary, and volunteer positions.

4. Keuka College Career Connections

You can use Career Connections, our own online job board, to advertise vacant positions to our students and alumni. Unlike other online job boards, Career Connections is free for employers to use.

Community Service

Students Washing a FiretruckNon-profit organizations may be particularly interested in recruiting students to fill volunteer positions or help with various projects.

As an institution recognized by both The White House and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Keuka College is a national leader in service-based education.

In fact, campus clubs and organizations are required to perform at least one community service project each semester. In addition, our Community Service Resource Center partners with local, non-profit organizations in need of specific supplies for campus-wide drives during the academic year.

If you’re interested in working with the College, please contact the Community Resource Center (315) 279-5274.