Center for Applied Learning

Our Goal

It is the goal of the Center for Applied Learning that all Columbia College students graduate having had a wide variety of dynamic and engaging experiences that bring their curriculum to life and that better prepare them to be a highly valuable candidate to prospective graduate schools and prospective employers. 


While many colleges and universities have their students participate in an internship in their senior year, at Columbia College, our students can begin exlporing their fields of study or career fields in their first semester on campus! The Center for Applied Learning organizes off-campus and ‘real-world’ learning experiences via career exploration as an integral part of the coursework in their majors and as supplemental activites that enrich their courses of study. 

Students can take advantage of the following types of opportunities:

9 on a Bus!: Students are able to take advantage of free transportation and free admission to a variety of events that show them deeper insights into their field of study or their career field. Recently, students have participated in 9 on a Bus! events to Style Reset | Women in Philanthropy, An Evening with Os Guiness on religious freedom, and a luncheon with the Columbia World Affairs Council where they met the Consul General of Japan. 



Inside the Corner Office: Our series of guests includes dynamic, talented women leaders from the Midlands, who will be interviewed in a conversational setting. Columbia College students and community guests will:

  • Delve into her perspective on leadership choices;
  • Learn about her education and career paths;
  • Hear her thoughts on challenges and opportunities 
    for women in the workplace and in their community

The audience will have a chance to ask questions of our guests and the event series will be moderated by Erin Carlson ‘03, director of the Center for Applied Learning.



Some of the benefits of an internship experience include:

  • Valuable training for new skills
  • Opportunities to evaluate a particular job or industry
  • Establishment of a network of professionals in your field of interest
  • Opportunity to receive academic credit and/or pay
  • Potential full-time job offer 

Students at Columbia College are completing internships at a variety of places in the Columbia area, including:

  • MB Kahn Construction in their communications office
  • Communities in Schools of the Midlands
  • Dream Riders
  • DHEC
  • Vital Connections of the Midlands
  • Flock and Rally
  • Transitions
  • The Good Samaritan Clinic

and many more! 

Our own Sami Chill is interning at Dream Riders, a therapeutic horseback facility, and is chronicling her experience in a blog. Read more about her internship here:

If you are interested in completing an internship, please contact Jen Hunsicker ( to find out more. 

Click here to download the Internship learning contract.

If you are a business, organization, or community group who is interested in posting your available internship positions for Columbia College students, please also email Jen Hunsicker.