Significant Practical Experiences (SPE)
During their time at Maryville College, students are encouraged to seek out a variety of practical experiences to build their resumes and explore various aspects of their desired Career Path. The Maryville College Works program requires students to complete at least one(1) Significant Practical Experience between their Sophomore and Senior year that directly relates to their major and career goals. A valuable practical experience can come in many different forms. Below are some of the most common ways that students gain professional or practical experience to include in the resume, CV, and/or complete the Maryville College Works requirement.
"Tell Your Story: SPE Edition"
Find out how other students gained knowledge about their field through transformative experiences, received academic credit for their work, and completed their Maryville College Works SPE requirement!
How to apply for an SPE:
Before you begin the experience:
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss plans for your SPE and ensure they approve your SPE as it aligns with your career plans and major curriculum.
- Establish THREE learning goals for the experience as it relates to your major. Connect your experience to three specific career goals which you will articulate in your request for an experience in Handshake. These goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely (SMART).
- Determine the experience category it falls under.
Is your experience an:
Study or internship abroad managed by the Maryville College Center for International Education
Managed by the Maryville College Division of Education
Managed by your Academic Advisor or another Maryville College Faculty Member
A unique practical experience approved by your academic advisor
Provided by an on-campus supervisor who is not your academic advisor or an external organization
Provided by an external organization
Provided by the Maryville College Center for Community Engagement or an external nonprofit organization
Provided by an external organization and is not a Senior Study