• Experience Recognition Program

Experience Recognition Program

Get recognized for engaging in experiences outside of the classroom! Whether you’re participating in an internship, 
leadership, research, or significant service opportunity, earn recognition for your résumé. 

Students earn recognition in 1 of 2 ways:

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ERP: Certificate Recognition Option

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The ERP: Certificate Recognition Option allows all FSU degree-seeking students the opportunity to earn a certificate of recognition for engaging in experiential learning opportunities. There is no academic credit, cost, or tuition associated with ERP: Certificate Recognition Option.

FSU students must enroll in ERP: Certificate Recognition Option via their Handshake account before the end of that FSU academic semester's official mid-semester event (For Summer Semesters, the program runs twice, concurrently with the Summer Session A and Session C sessions.)

Once your ERP: Certificate Recognition Option application is processed by Career Center staff, you will be automatically enrolled in the program as well as a Canvas group. Only Career Center staff can enroll a student in the program and Canvas group after reviewing and approving the ERP: Certificate Recognition Option application, submitted through a Handshake account.

  • Students must register for ERP: Certificate Recognition Option via their Handshake accounts before the end of that FSU academic semester's Drop/Add period that they will be completing their experiential learning opportunity to earn transcript notation.
  • The experiential learning engagement must be a career-related experience (paid or unpaid) through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.
  • Students must enter into the experiential learning engagement with intentional learning goals (minimum of 3 learning goals).
  • Duties and responsibilities of the experiential learning engagement must be clearly outlined.

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Successful completion of all 4 steps of ERP: Certificate Recognition Option results in a virtual certificate of recognition being uploaded to your Handshake account documents section.

ERP: Transcript Notation Recognition Option

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The ERP: Transcript Notation Recognition Option is facilitated through a virtual, zero (0) credit non-credit hour bearing course. The virtual, zero (0) credit non-credit hour bearing course is graded on the S/U scale and will appear of your transcript in that format as well.

FSU students must enroll in ERP: Transcript Recognition Option via their Handshake account before the end of that FSU academic semester's official Drop/Add period (For Summer Semesters, the program runs twice, concurrently with the Summer Session A and Session C sessions.)

Once your ERP: Transcript Recognition Option application is processed by Career Center staff, you will be automatically enrolled in virtual, zero (0) credit non-credit hour bearing course SDS 3802: Experiential Learning.  This course is a *hidden* course and FSU students are unable to self-enroll in the course.  Only Career Center staff can enroll a student in the course and Canvas course site after reviewing and approving the ERP: Transcript Recognition Option application, submitted through a Handshake account.

  • Students must register for ERP: Transcript Recognition Option via their Handshake accounts before the end of that FSU academic semester's Drop/Add period that they will be completing their experiential learning opportunity to earn transcript notation.
  • The experiential learning engagement must be a career-related experience (paid or unpaid) through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.
  • Students must enter into the experiential learning engagement with intentional learning goals (minimum of 3 learning goals).
  • Duties and responsibilities of the experiential learning engagement must be clearly outlined.

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Successful completion of all 4 steps of ERP: Transcript Recognition Option results in receipt of a "S" grade on your transcript.

FAQs

Is ERP open to all FSU majors?

Students from any academic college are eligible to participate in ERP, either the Certificate or Transcript Notation recognition option.

***NOTE: Students studying at FSU on a F-1 or J-1 Visa intending to enroll in the ERP: Transcript Notation recognition option to satisfy CPT academic requirements must contact The Center for Global Engagement prior to registering for approval.***

Is ERP open to graduate students?

Yes, FSU students at both the undergraduate and graduate level are eligible to register for ERP.

Is there a cost to enroll in ERP?

ERP: Certificate Recognition Option - There is no cost to enroll in the Certificate recognition option. 

ERP: Transcript Notation Recognition Option - For this option, students are enrolled in a zero (-0-) credit hour course.  FSU institutional policy indicates that students will be charged an administrative credit fee equal to the rate of one (1) credit hour, UNLESS they are also enrolled in other credit-bearing courses at FSU during the same semester.

When should I enroll in ERP?

Students must have an experiential learning opportunity (internship, research, leadership, or significant community engagement) BEFORE enrolling in ERP.

ERP: Certificate Recognition Option - You must submit your application for enrollment prior to the close of the mid-semester deadline.

ERP: Transcript Notation Recognition Option - You must submit your application for enrollment prior to the end of that semester's drop/add deadline. 

Semester deadlines can be easily found on that semester's academic calendar detailed on the FSU University Registrar's site.

Apply to Enroll in the Experience Recognition (ERP) Program

Step-by-step directions for applying can be found in the Experience Recognition Program Student Guide.

Students must be enrolled in ERP during the same semester they complete an experiential learning opportunity (internship, leadership, research, significant service opportunity) and complete required self-reflection reports and assignments throughout their experience.

To submit your application, you will need to supply the following information:

  • Employer/Agency/Organization Name (sample: "Big Bend Cares")
  • Your Position Title (sample: "Publications Intern")
  • Position Description
  • Experience Start and End Dates
  • Supervisor Contact Information - Including name, phone number, and email address
  • Three Learning Goals - Should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely
  • Sample Learning Goals:
    • "Increase sales and event awareness in the Children's Department by keeping all displays current and stocked."
    • "Learn how to effectively use equipment necessary to produce and air a top-notch TV news sportscast show."
    • "Design an internal structural configuration for simple trusses, beams, columns, and shafts in order to meet specified leading and deformation criteria."
    • "Solve a system of linear equations using matrix inverse and matrix calculations."
    • "Learn what is entailed in editing and producing lifestyles magazines and improve my writing skills that will prepare me to work for this type of publication."

 

Steps to Complete the Experience Recognition Program

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Successful completion of all 4 steps of ERP: Certificate Recognition Option results in a virtual certificate of recognition being uploaded to your Handshake account documents section and ERP: Transcript Recognition Option results in receipt of a "S" grade on your transcript.

For questions or additional information, please contact The Career Center at 850-644-9775 or cc-gain-experience@fsu.edu.

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