At Wichita State, applied learning is a big part of what we do. In fact, every degree we offer has an applied learning or research experience built-in. As a Shocker, you'll work side by side with established professionals, building contacts, confidence and a strong resume before graduation.

Beyond the classroom, beyond the campus

Thanks to our location in Kansas' largest city, Wichita State removes the barrier between classroom and applied learning in ways others can't. Our vast partnerships in virtually every industry provide students with diverse opportunities to train like professionals—while still in school.

Applied learning for current students

At WSU, we have career development resources for virtually all of your employment-related needs. From help discovering—and landing—your dream job to limitless applied learning, cooperative education and internship opportunities, WSU offers a wide range of career tools focused on your future success.

Applied learning impact *

Students earned $35.6 million+ in wages in 2022-23
Applied Learning Placements at more than 700 employers
Students worked in more than 9,000 job positions in 2022-23 inside the classroom

* Numbers above include paid and unpaid on- and off-campus postions; co-op/internships; and applied learning experiences

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Opportunities for employers


Wichita State is always on the lookout for new and innovative partnerships that benefit students, industry and the community. From providing internships for our students to conducting research on our campus, Wichita State has the people, resources and opportunities to help your organization achieve new heights.

Applied Learning stories

Lauryn McIntyre

Shocker Career Accelerator matches students with work opportunities

Lauryn McIntyre is learning how to build a brand that helps HSI Wealth Strategies get the word out to people in the aviation industry that HSI understands their financial needs.

“Very pilot-centric, very pilot-focused,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about the aviation industry in my time there.”

McIntyre, a ͵ senior, worked with a designer to create an HSI logo that invokes aviation. She also organizes HSI’s marketing plan, networks with pilots and updates the website to highlight the firm’s expertise.

“It has helped me put marketing strategy in a real-world perspective,” she said. “I really had to, essentially, trust myself. Here, you’re going to get from point A to point B on your own.”