Outside the Classroom
Experiential Learning Types
Community Service Learning
Engage in meaningful community service with classroom instruction and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities. In practice, students work in partnership with a community-based organization to apply their disciplinary knowledge to address identified community needs or global issues.
Many community service opportunities are available through the Trent Community Research Centre.
Develop and complete a major research paper or thesis project through discovery, synthesis, and/or application of information to address a problem or question (e.g. community-based research, thesis).
Conduct field research in one of our 12 on-campus nature reserves; dust off original texts with your professor; accompany your Archeology professor on a dig in Belize; or work with some of the world’s top water-testing instrumentation in our Water Quality Centre. Our students gain invaluable skills and experience that prepare them for graduate school and beyond. A wide array of applied research opportunities exist in the form of thesis, reading course, or community-based research.
Trent Community Research Centre
Through the Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC), students gain academic credit and experience by undertaking supervised research projects with local community organizations. In community-based research, the questions come from the community and, using credible research methods, community members, researchers, professors and students work collaboratively to find the answers. During the past twenty years, hundreds of students have completed successful projects that have made a significant contribution to the greater-Peterborough community.
Placements, Practica and Internships
From Social Work to Forensic Science, Education to Nursing, Health Sciences to the School of the Environment, Trent students earn academic credit in a variety of settings throughout Ontario and beyond.
Currently, placement, practica and internship opportunities exist in 14 departments at Trent. One example are the internship opportunities in Business Administration are available in a variety of business sectors within the Greater Peterborough and Durham Region, to students enrolled at various programs at Trent. Another example includes the Internship in Medical Sciences and Placement in Health Sciences allow students interested in medical/health science the best opportunity to prepare for careers in medical or applied health research, teaching, and med school.
Field Placement: Provides students with a part-time/short term experience that is for academic credit, is generally unpaid and less than 10 hours/week in a setting relevant to their subject of study.
Professional Practicum: Supervised, professional experience to provide students with the opportunity to practice and integrate knowledge and skills. Required for professional programs, certification, licensing or registration (i.e. social work, nursing, education).
Internships: Students gain a program-related experience in a professional work environment for at least one semester full time. Supervised, discipline-specfic work experience completed for academic credit and can be paid or unpaid.
CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship - For graduating students
Do you see yourself in a career in media? Are you in your final year at Trent University? You should apply for the prestigious CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship Program. This program is a PAID internship for Trent Students. The intern will receive a week of training in the basics of Radio Production at CBC Radio in Toronto. They will spend the rest of the summer internship getting first-hand experience in contributing to radio programming in a variety of ways.
The 2021 deadline for submissions is 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Co-op alternating consists of alternating academic terms and paid work terms. Co-op internship consists of several co-op work terms back-to-back. In both models, work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student's field of study. This experience is not for academic credit, is full time and is paid.
Trent has two academic programs with competitive co-op options that allow students to gain invaluable hands-on experience over three, 12-week, full-time paid work terms:
Computing Systems Co-op – real-world experience in the exciting and rapidly growing information technology industry
Conservation Biology Co-op – provides graduates with career advantages and the skills and knowledge to help protect the world’s most vital organisms and at-risk wildlife
Explore academic content in a purposeful way outside the classroom through field trips and/or field work (in Canada or abroad).
Trent offers many field work opportunities on campus or in the local area, including the McLean Oliver Ecological Centre, the Trent University Nature Areas, the Trent Experimental Farm, the Trent Vegetable Garden and the Crime Scene House.
Studying and Working Abroad
Studying abroad allows students to look beyond their own borders and gain a wider perspective of global issues and concerns. First-hand experience in another country increases knowledge of foreign cultures and the international community, enhancing understanding of global issues. Students gain the opportunity to expand their language skills, as well as the opportunity to become involved in community development. Trent offers many opportunities to study abroad in a variety of exciting locations. Trent students can also work abroad by incorporating international experiential learning into their degree programs through field placements, research projects, intensive language programs, and internships. Trent students have done business in Hong King, supported health care in Honduras, excavated ruins in Belize, taught in England, and studied marine life in Taiwan.
Creative, Performance or Exhibit Opportunities
Develop artistic, physical, technical, management or production skills through intensive embodied and/or practice-based experiences. This may include rehearsals, performances, large ensembles, solo recitals and other forms of music performance for academic credit. Many creative experiential opportunities for photography, videography, theatre, music and radio production, and dance exist at Trent, most notably in Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies.
Engage with an organization, business, or industry to identify issues or opportunities and develop solutions or strategies to industry problems. (e.g., consulting projects)
Engage in a short-term workplace exposure/observation completed as a required component of a course or program.
Develop, deliver or attend an internal or external event to network with community partners or relevant stakeholders and present and gather feedback on projects and ideas as a required component of a course.
Publication or Conference Presentation
Develop and present an original work at a conference or exhibition, or submit an original work for publication as part of the component of the course. In-person or electronic delivery at the conference is acceptable (e.g. peer-reviewed conferences, professional conferences).
Traditional Knowledge Experience
Active engagement with Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Holders in land-based or classroom environments.