Applied & Experiential Learning

The Alfred University Applied and Experiential Learning Program (APEX) allows juniors and seniors to apply for up to $1,000 in funding to engage in work experience and study/research opportunities to enhance their career decision-making, increase their opportunities after graduation and inspire them to find their passions in life.

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Applied and Experiential Learning (APEX)

Are you a junior or senior looking for funding to help with your work, study abroad, or research experience? Consider applying for APEX, Alfred University's Applied and Experiential Learning program.

Facilitated through the Career Development Center, APEX gives students an unique opportunity to study in their field through internships, co-ops and more. The application can easily be accessed through Handshake. If you're a employer or a AU alum interested in learning about APEX, for more information use the links.

Through APEX, you will:

  • Transform a good education into a extraordinary education
  • Provide a peak experience and new perspective
  • Receive funding which will extend your ability to participate
  • Gain a highly valued experience that will make you more competitive in job markets and with graduate schools
  • Refine your desired career fields, and be inspired to find passions in life, whether career-related or personal

General Criteria:

  • Students must apply 3 weeks before experience begins (it is recommended that students apply at least 3 weeks before the experience begins, but students have 10 days from the start of their experience to apply before becoming ineligible)
  • The activity is structured, intentional and authentic
  • The activity requires a supervisor, professional advisor, or mentor
  • The activity requires a structural reflection, self-critique, assessment, and documentation


Which activities will be eligible for credit, if they fit the criteria?

  1. Work experiences:
  • Internships: minimum of 45 hours with a maximum duration of one year, with the same organization. This can include certain pre-approved campus employment experiences.
  • Co-ops, as defined and coordinated by Alfred University
  • Clinical placements (e.g. Athletic Training) and practicum experiences (e.g. Student Teaching)
  • Apprenticeships: minimum of 45 hours with a maximum duration of one year, with the same organization/artist.
  • ROTC
  • Global Experiences (Internships Abroad)
  1. Study and Research:
  • Off-campus study, as approved by Alfred University (Study Abroad).
  • Official Undergraduate Research (for credit).
  • Service Learning classes as designated in Banner.
  • Capstone projects: minimum of 45 hours with a maximum duration of one year, with the same organization/project.

Questions about experiences that count for APEX funding or about the application? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Career Development Center for more information. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!