One of the goals of an internship, a summer job, studying abroad, or conducting independent research is to acquire information about one’s values and interests. When students get the opportunity to interact more deeply within a field of study, it is essential that they reflect and analyze their reactions to the out-of-classroom learning experience. Interests and values may shift and change during/after an out-of-classroom learning experience and an awareness of these reactions may help shape and define future decisions about academic and professional life.

In order to help assess learning outcomes, students are encouraged to keep a weekly journal throughout their out-of-classroom learning experience. The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services hopes that the following list of questions serves as a catalyst for students’ analyses of their out-of-classroom learning experiences:

  1. Please explain your learning objectives prior to starting your summer experience and how you accomplished them throughout the summer.
  2. How did your summer experience connect to your academic coursework?
  3. How did your summer experience connect to other job, internship, volunteer and co-curricular experiences?
  4. How did your summer experience influence your future academic and career endeavors?
  5. What skills have you utilized? Have you learned/developed new skills?

Students are encouraged to review their journals and take note of important or recurring themes, ideas, or thoughts. The journal can serve as a beneficial resource for further discussion with advisors and faculty, as well as, help students make decisions about future course selections, internships and post graduate options.


Feel free to contact Barbara Carnevale, Assistant Director of Career Services, with questions and reflections on out-of-classroom learning experiences.

Send Barbara an email message at

Phone: 508-286-8215