Applied Learning at SUNY

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”

- John Dewey

Today’s high-tech, global economy is fast-paced and moving forward every day, and we have to ensure that, above all else, we are preparing our students to be a part of it. At SUNY, we believe in the power of learning by doing. That’s why we are working to ensure that every SUNY student will have access to an applied learning opportunity, even those attending online. These opportunities include clinical placements and cooperative education, along with service learning, volunteerism, student research, international opportunities, and field study. They very much allow the student to learn by doing.

As the Applied Learning effort is taken to scale, SUNY is working hard to bring every type of opportunity to our students. From field work to lab research to business operations and more, every SUNY campus has an Applied Learning Team working together to develop formal Applied Learning Campus plans and to celebrate the long-standing tradition of offering all types of Applied Learning Opportunities to SUNY students.

Learn about the third annual Applied Learning Conference, November 17-18

Applied learning opportunities at SUNY include:

Co-op Placements, Internships, Work Study, Clinical Placements
  • Cooperative Education
  • Co-op & Clinical Placements
  • Internships
  • Practicum

Clinical placements, in which more than 20,000 SUNY students are enrolled; and co-operative education programs, in which SUNY faculty and area employers have jointly developed curricula that integrate classroom instruction and on-the-job experience. Approximately 1,740 students are currently enrolled in co-op across SUNY.

Learn more about SUNY Works

Service Learning, Community Service, Civic Engagement
  • Service-learning
  • Community service
  • Civic Engagement

More than 30,000 SUNY students are currently engaged in formal service-learning programs for which students earn college credit, while tens of thousands more participate in community service and volunteer locally, nationally, and around the globe.

Learn more about SUNY Serves

Research, Entrepreneurship, Field Study, Experiences Abroad
  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Field Study
  • Experiences Abroad
  • Creative Works

While SUNY research has historically resulted in breakthrough discoveries, inventions, and startups, increased focus on applied learning has led to an unprecedented level of collaboration between SUNY students, faculty, and industry experts to enable commercialization of the best ideas and innovations born on SUNY campuses.

Learn more about SUNY Discovers