University Students


Why wait until after graduation to build your professional toolkit?

Experiential learning is a flexible, accessible way to help you develop skills, get experience and figure out what comes next while you’re still in school. It’s one thing to dream about being an urban planner, brand manager or graphic designer. It’s something else entirely to have experiences in those fields while you’re still studying. Future NB can help you get off campus and into a world where you can use your education in exciting ways.

What could my experience look like?

The chart below lays out and helps simplify the kinds of experiential learning options available to you. Each opportunity type presents you with a different method for furthering your education on and off campus at an external institution or organization. Take a look!

TermBroad Definition
Work-Integrated Learning
InternshipPlacement within an organization with staff member designated as a mentor. Financial remuneration may be included, or student may earn academic credit or other credential.
Co-opAcademic program in which curriculum is designed so that the students alternate study and work terms with paid employment and supervision / mentorship.
Practicum/ClinicalInvolves practice-based work experience under the supervision of a professional. Can be stand-alone or course component for which grade or evaluation is assigned. May or may not be mandatory.
Community Service Learning/Community Engaged LearningVolunteer experience within an external community-based organization in which the student makes a specific contribution to the organization and/or community.
Project-Based LearningEngages a student or students in finding solutions to business- or community-identified problems, often culminating in a final product or presentation.
Simulation/Case-Based Learning: A case or problem used to simulate a particular context or situation where students work to acquire certain skills, knowledge and attitudes to critique or problem-solve.
Applied Research
Applied Research Research conducted by a student under faculty guidance in an academic, community or industry setting.
Community-Based Research Students actively involve community members or those whose lives are affected by the issue in all phases of the research process.
Field Experiences Students work in an authentic setting to study and apply theoretical knowledge.
Co-curricular Development (categories in this area will be unique to each institution): This category may include (but is not limited to) elements such as competitions, showcases, symposia, conferences, events, work-study, or other forms of experiential education that adhere to CEWIL and the National Society for Experiential Education.

New Brunswick companies and organizations are developing cutting-edge solutions, addressing social issues and building the future of this province every day. Becoming involved with Future NB is the easiest way to make sure that you’re an important part of that future.


Am I eligible?

Students must:

  • be registered as a student at a public university
  • be considered a student for the duration of the experience
  • be able to participate in meetings, surveys, focus groups/consultations including reflective submissions, as required


Additional resources to support youth

Check out Future NB’s new resources to support student onboarding and long-term placement success!

Visit WorkingNB to find resources and information related to employment.


Contact the experiential learning lead at your university to get started!


Future NB
In Action

  • After interviewing a few candidates, Ignite Fredericton realized that there were two students who could bring strengths in different ways to enhance the work of their organization. They ended up asking if they could hire two interns because they couldn’t pick one over another. Read more…

  • Dr. Lee Jolliffe in the UNBSJ Faculty of Business took her Resort Management class on an overnight trip to the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, NB. While they were there, students met with the management of the resorts for a “management challenge project”. Read more…

  • One of our students, who is studying biology and sociology, has created their own experiential learning opportunity with the Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI). Read more…

  • UNI sees engaging students in experiential education opportunities as a clear gateway to assessing employees for long-term fit. Read more…

  • FutureReadyNB has helped support students enrolled in the ARTS 3000 Internship course on the UNB Fredericton campus. Read more…

  • Over two days in October, eight Ecological Literacy students were given the unique opportunity to mobilize their knowledge by visiting five New Brunswick ecosystems with their professor. Read more…

  • One of our students in the Faculty of Arts is working with the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) as a Social Media Intern. Read more…

  • High school students from Fredericton High School met with local seniors to speak with them about a special treasure or keepsake that they hold dear. Read more…

  • At Populus, students are always a significant part of the team. They get meaningful work experience to complement their classroom learning. Read more…

  • Over two days in October, eight Ecological Literacy students were given the unique opportunity to mobilize their knowledge by visiting five New Brunswick ecosystems with their professor. While identifying and learning to classify the characteristics of each of the ecosystems, the students also engaged with woodlot managers and other professionals working towards a sustainable forestry sector in New Brunswick. Read more…

  • The student came into the meeting with a clear goal and proposal to get a placement at an organization he felt extremely passionate about: the NB Child & Youth Advocate Office (CYAO). His academic background, preparation, and previous experiences made him an ideal internship candidate. Within days, the internship was established. Read more…