Applied Learning

FLCC students working in a small group under the supervision of a faculty member.

FLCC believes in the power of learning by doing. As a community college, we play an important role in the intellectual and economic growth of the region. We develop strong partnerships with government, nonprofits, and businesses to create career-ready graduates.

What is Applied Learning?

Applied learning refers to a form of education in which students learn through the direct application of skills, theories, and models. Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on projects in real-world settings.

Applied learning includes creative projects, independent or directed research, internships, and more. Applied learning activities can occur outside the classroom or be embedded within a course.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education alternates classroom learning and productive paid work experiences in a field related to a student's academic and career goals. Co-ops are formal partnerships between an educational institution, an employer, and one or more students, and they typically provide meaningful work experiences for students. Co-ops are off-campus, and they are full or part time.

Internship (Credit-Bearing or Non-Credit)

Applied learning experiences for which a student may earn academic credit in an agreed-upon, short-term, supervised workplace activity, which may be related to a student's major, field, or area of interest. The work can be full or part time, on or off campus, paid or unpaid. Some institutions offer credit and non-credit bearing internships. Internships integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills developed in professional or community settings.

Clinical Placement

Students rotate through a variety of health care agencies with faculty supervision focusing on the health care field process, with individual patients or groups reflecting diverse settings. Emphasis is on mastering theoretical concepts, improving skill competency, and developing clinical reasoning skills with a focus on evidence-based practice.


A period of practical experience undertaken in academic, professional, or community settings/agencies/organizations as part of an academic course. This approach is grounded in application and practice of theoretical/technical concepts/skills and cultural competency relevant to the course or to a profession.


A credit-bearing educational strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities.

Community Service

Volunteerism and community service performed by students for community benefit. This service can be, but is not necessarily integrated with a particular program of study. This may include structured projects (days of service), smaller group projects, fund-raising events, or individual volunteerism, which is acknowledged by the campus.

Civic Engagement

A teaching and learning focus on educating students as global citizens. Classes or programs include meaningful civic education and activities for social good.

Creative Works

A capstone, senior project, performance, or other creative work that occurs as a culminating experience for a student in an accredited class or program.


Mentored, self-directed work that enables students to make an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline by exploring an issue of interest to them and communicating the results to others.

Entrepreneurship (Program, Class, Project)

Students develop a broad-based entrepreneurial skill relevant to any organization - start-up, established, and for and not-for-profit agency, organization, community or industry.

Field Study

Collection of information outside of an experimental or lab setting. This type of data collection is most often conducted in natural settings or environments and can be designed in a variety of ways for various disciplines. May be mentored, self-directed work, or comprise a full course. The projects include inquiry, design, investigation, discovery, and application.

International and Domestic Travel or Exchange

An instructional program delivered in either an overseas location or domestic location. Often, the program is delivered as a semester-long or intercession sequence of courses, the content of which is enhanced by the location of instruction, by distinctive historic or cultural features available in the location, or by a unique approach to the subject matter that is specific to the locale. Exchanges are often conducted by individual students traveling independently to a location that has been pre-approved by their home institution, and where they determine their specific course of study in collaboration with home and host institution faculty.

Internships, Co-op, Clinical Placement, Field Study, and Practicums

Many FLCC programs include an internship, co-op, clinical placement, field study, or practicum prior to graduation, including:

  • Accounting
  • Architectural Technology
  • Business
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Childhood Education
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
  • Environmental Conservation: Law Enforcement
  • Environmental Science
  • Event and Tourism Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Horticulture
  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Human Services
  • Kinesiology and Human Performance
  • Music
  • Music Recording Technology
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Networking and Cybersecurity
  • New Media
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Smart Systems Technologies
  • Sports Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • Viticulture and Wine Technology
  • Web and Mobile Development
A group of culinary students prepare food for community members attending the annual Dinner at Julia event.

Find an Applied Learning Project Today

Ready to apply your college skills to a real-world project? Discover what options are available for you by meeting with our applied learning specialist.

Some programs have applied learning projects included in the coursework. Others have optional real-world experiences that complement what you're learning in the classroom.

Schedule an Appointment

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Student Resources

Talk to your advisor about applied learning opportunities in your program. Use the resources below to find additional internship and volunteer opportunities.

Browse Internships via Handshake

Find Student Volunteer Opportunities

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Community Partners

We're looking for new partnership opportunities with local businesses and organizations. Contact us if you're interested in hosting an applied learning program at your workplace.

Community Partner Contact Form

Employer Internship Handbook Adobe Acrobat, PDF

Faculty & Staff

Access the Applied Learning Teamsite on the employee intranet

Applied Learning Teamsite

Contact Us

Linda Cunningham
Technical Specialist-Applied Learning & Adv. Comm. Liaison
Room 4658
(585) 785-1317

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Schedule appointments by email.