Experiential Certificate Program

The Experiential Certificate Program (ECP) 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 ECP.


  • NOTE: ECP recognition cannot be given retroactively. Students can only participate in ECP at the same time as they are participating in an experiential learning opportunity.
  • The experiential learning engagement must be a semester-long paid or unpaid career-related experience 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.


  • ECP offers a structured, guided process for reflection and feedback on workplace learning, performance, and accomplishments.
  • Receive a Certificate of Recognition for your experience.
  • Provides an achievement to include on your resume and career portfolio.
  • ECP participants are eligible to be nominated for the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers (FloridaACE) and Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) Student Intern of the Year Award.


Is ECP open to all FSU majors?

Yes, FSU students from all majors are encouraged to enroll in ECP.

Is ECP open to graduate students?

Yes, FSU students at both the undergraduate and graduate level are eligible to enroll in ECP.

Is there a cost to enroll in ECP?

No, there are no tuition fees or other costs associated/required to enroll in ECP.

Apply to Participate in the Experiential Certificate Program

Step-by-step directions for applying can be found in the Experiential Learning Student Guide.

Students must be enrolled in this program during the same semester they complete an experience and complete all required forms throughout their experience.

You must enroll in ECP prior to the close of the official DROP/ADD period for the semester you are completing your experience. (Please note: For Summer Semesters, the program runs concurrently with Summer Session A.) You will submit this through your Handshake account. 

To submit an application, students will need to supply the following information:

  • Employer/Agency/Organization Name
  • Your Position Title
  • Position Description
  • Experience Start and End Dates
  • Supervisor Contact Information - Including name, phone number, email address, and physical mailing 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."

You will receive an email confirming enrollment, given you meet all of the criteria.

***This enrollment confirmation e-mail will include next steps including deadline dates for each experiential learning reflection.***

Steps to Complete the Experiential Certificate Program

During ECP, you will be required to complete a Mid-Semester Report, a Self-Evaluation, and a Program Evaluation. You will receive reminders via email when the deadlines are approaching for each requirement.

Your supervisor will also be asked to fill out a Student Performance Evaluation at the end of your experience. The Career Center strongly encourages you to discuss this evaluation with your supervisor in order to get constructive feedback regarding your performance.

When you successfully complete all steps of ECP, a Certificate of Recognition will be awarded.

For questions or additional information, please call the ECP contact at 850-644-9772, , or email cc-gain-experience@fsu.edu.

Program Components

Experiential Certificate Program (ECP)

Experiential Recognition Program (ERP)

Open to all FSU students of any major

Apply before the Drop/Add deadline for the semester you intend to participate

Complete three short reflections during the experience

Fosters the chance to receive feedback from Site Supervisors 

Receive a Certificate of Completion for a career goal-related experience


Receive transcript notation for a career goal-related experience


Zero-credit (-0-) hour course graded on the S/U scale system 


Cost to participate


Students enrolled in the ERP non-credit course will be charged for 1 (-1-) credit hour, unless also enrolled in other credit-bearing courses at FSU during the same academic term. 



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