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About Us

MAFEL Executive Committee:

Co-Chair (site)

Haley Nelson

Volunteer Services Coordinator

Minnesota Children’s Museum

10 West 7th St.

St. Paul, MN  55102

Tel:  651-225-6112

Fax: 651-225-6006

Co-Chair (School):

Victor Cole

Community Engagement Coordinator

Metropolitan State University

Institute for Community Engagement &


700 East Seventh St.

St. Paul, MN 55106

Tel: 651-793-1290



Ana Eliason

Career & Internship Specialist

Augsburg College

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

2211 Riverside Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-330-1468


Shona Ramchandani

Internship Program Manager

Minnesota Historical Society

Volunteer and Internship Programs

345 Kellogg Boulevard West

St. Paul, MN 55102

Tel: 651-259-3191

Membership Chair:

Julie Huck

Volunteer Program Manager

PPL Service Center

1035 East Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Tel: 612-455-5111


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What is Experiential Learning?
Structured education activities that challenge participants to reflect upon, think critically about, and learn from their experience.

What is the Minnesota Association For Experiential Learning?
MAFEL is a unique regional organization and professional forum fostering the development, promotion, and supervision of internships, community service learning, and field experience learning.

Why did MAFEL begin?
Founded in 1975, MAFEL organized to create vital links between education, nonprofit, business, and government communities interested in promoting and supporting experiential learning. In 1980, MAFEL received nonprofit tax-exempt status.

Who participates in MAFEL?
Members may include internship coordinators, site supervisors, career counselors, faculty at area colleges and universities, volunteer coordinators, human resource professionals, and individuals interested in experiential learning.

What are the goals of the organization?
To promote internships, service learning, and experiential education as a means for students to enhance connections between academic learning and the world of work and service.

To create and strengthen partnerships between sites and education institutions.

To advance the practice of experiential learning by addressing common problems, developing new learning models and assessment tools, promoting principles of good practice, and asserting influence as a network of education, public service, and corporate professionals.

To serve as a resource network for sharing information and ideas, and serve as a forum for members' professional growth and development.


Benefits of joining MAFEL

Current Member Organizations



MAFEL welcome page | about us | membership information | meetings & events

MAFEL best practices/resources |scholarship info |connect/post opportunities