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Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI)

Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI)

The Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) at Messiah College

Not just experience for experience's sake.  ELI is about experience that fosters meaningful connection and story-telling with impact. 

All Messiah students participate in an approved experiential learning activity that involves goals of meaningful career development and community engagement.  We define Experiential Learning as occurring when students engage in a guided process where they are challenged to learn, apply and integrate knowledge and skills in an authentic context.

What Makes ELI Distinctive?

There is a common reflection component that gets at the primary outcomes of career development and community engagement. As a result of engaging in the ELI, students will be able to articulate the tangible impact of their experience on their academic learning, personal and professional development, and community contributions.  This will occur through a "deliverable" that is contextualized for an external audience relevant to the students' future goals (employer, graduate school, etc.).  Sample deliverables include a resume, ePortfolio, personal website, and LinkedIn profile.

Students must complete at least one of the following approved experiential learning opportunities to fulfill their ELI requirement:

Internships/Practica
Service Learning
Off-Campus Programs
Leadership
Undergraduate Research

Sub-categories of Experiential Learning Initiative