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What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting, and may include internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research, and service learning projects.

What is the Minnesota Association For Experiential Learning?

MAFEL is a unique regional organization and professional forum within the Twin Cities 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, service learning practitioners, career counselors, faculty at area colleges and universities, volunteer coordinators, human resources 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.


scholarship information

Each academic year MAFEL awards up to six $225 scholarships for students participating in an internship. Students who identify as belonging to any population that may experience limited access to internship opportunities are highly encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must:
1. Be enrolled at a MAFEL affiliated school and/or participating in an internship at a MAFEL affiliated site.
2. Be a currently enrolled student.
3. Be currently in an internship, in the process of applying for an internship (in which case MAFEL would verify placement before awarding) or able to verify future placement.
4. Internship must be at least 3-months (12 weeks) in duration.
5. Student must work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Members may access the scholarship application by logging as a member in the top right corner of this website.