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Learning Through Experience

What you learn in the classroom is important, of course. But it’s one part of many that will help you get where you want to go. Take advantage of any opportunity to learn outside of the classroom too during your time at Boise State.


An internship is a professional experience related to your major. You’ll get hands-on experience with an organization in your field of interest AND potentially earn credits toward your degree.

Learn more about Internships

Work U

Work U is similar to internships, but with a few key differences. You’ll be matched with an employer and project that aligns with your goals. Employers provide mentors to guide and share insight into potential career paths. This program also includes weekly classroom time to unpack the experience as you go.

Learn more about Work U

Venture College

Venture College is a Boise State resource hub for all students and faculty to learn skills that help them become entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers. Launch business ideas through the Incubator program. Participate in competitions and workshops that build skills and knowledge. Work on short term projects with local startups and small businesses.

Learn more about Venture College

Service Learning

Some classes at Boise State include a service learning component, meaning you’ll learn course material by participating in a service project with a local non-profit organization. Service learning gives you real-world experiences, networking possibilities, personal insights and growth, and a new awareness of community problems and solutions.

Learn more about Service Learning

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs)

This program, based in the College of Innovation and Design, gives you the opportunity to work alongside faculty pursuing ambitious, multi-semester projects. You’ll get invaluable hands-on experience, mentorship and academic credit.

Learn more about VIPs

Undergraduate Research

Taking on a research project as a student will help you hone problem solving and critical thinking skills. These will serve you no matter the direction your career path takes you.

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities