Applied Learning

Together, we’ll elevate our commitment to applied learning, providing each student with career-defining experience.

Through Brighter Together, we’ll infuse applied learning and career preparation into every corner of our liberal arts curriculum. Integrating opportunities on and off campus, our holistic approach will open the door for more high-impact practices, pre-professional experiences, and career and service Immersions, providing every student an array of opportunities to put their ideas to work in the world. Upon graduation, students will leave confident that their superior know-how will lead to fulfilling futures, in life and on the job.


Progress to our Priorities

Join the effort to give every Rollins student career-defining experience.

$1 million raised of $4 million goal

Experience That Works

A survey recently conducted by the AAC&U reveals that today’s employers demand college graduates who have demonstrated the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Executives and hiring managers said that they were more likely to hire candidates with these experiences:

  • 90%

    internship or apprenticeship

  • 88%

    community-based experience

  • 85%

    service-learning project

  • 84%

    global learning experience


Principal Initiatives

A student poses in front of a NASA sign at Kennedy Space Center.

Enhance High-Impact Programming

Create robust programming for high-impact practices to pursue competitive internships and other applied learning experiences that require financial assistance.

A student walks out of a Florida Health Department office.

Professional Pathways

Fund more pre-professional experiences for students, providing them with outcome-focused opportunities to pursue degrees in career fields of their choice.

A park ranger shares information about foliage with a group of students.

Power Immersive Experiences

Fund career and service Immersions for students, establishing scholarships to assist with travel, housing, and other living expenses.

Two college students teach an elementary school student how to code.

Develop Leaders

Support training and guidance for career ambassadors and service leaders, helping them develop their talents and leadership to build stronger communities.

Pierce Neinken

“The world is in a constant state of change, but I’m comfortable with that because the learning model outside the classroom at Rollins prepared me for anything. I think it would be nice if more students could have that kind of preparation.”

Pierce Neinken ’06’08MBA

Global Portfolio Manager, Airbnb

Power Essential Experiences

Your gift to The Rollins Annual Fund will ensure that more students have access to applied learning experiences and will give Rollins graduates a competitive advantage.