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Minnesota Association For Experiential Learning (MAFEL)


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"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.  Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution.  This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization.  The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid.  An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives."

Developed in 2002 by Mike True (of Messiah College) in collaboration with other professionals 

MAFEL is a group of professionals in higher education and community organizations involved with experiential education, including:

  • Internships
  • Cooperative Education
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Field Study/Field Based Research Practicums
  • Other forms of active learning

The primary focus of MAFEL is maximizing the value of academic internships for students, sites, and schools.

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The MAFEL logo represents pushing boundaries, reaching out, the impact of experience,
and what happens when ideas or entities coalesce.

Updated 2-29-2012
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