Land Opportunities That Advance Your Career

Want to learn how Disney World keeps the lights on? Interested in what it takes to become a marine biologist? Score a coveted internship with top companies and organizations, or shadow an employee to learn what the job entails. You’ll gain valuable skills on the job and make new connections—and earn ExEL units required by Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

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Case Competitions

Earn at least one ExEL unit per experience.

Case competitions are a chance to network with future employers and gain hands-on experience. Come together with your fellow Sharks as part of a team to solve a case in front of a judging panel comprising senior-level executives and NSU faculty. Using teamwork and critical-thinking, analytical, and organizational skills, you’ll solve real-world professional problems.

Clinic Exploration Program (CEP)

Earn at least one ExEL unit per experience.

Interested in learning about medical career paths? Shadow a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff at NSU’s medical and health clinics, and gain hands-on, practical experience. Each rotation lasts two hours per week for three weeks in the CEP at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. No matter what your major is, you can participate in CEP.

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Earn one to two ExEL units per experience.

Part time or full time, a few weeks or an entire semester, paid or unpaid—dedicating the time to become an intern will give you great anecdotes to share during future job interviews.

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Mock Trial

Earn two ExEL units per experience.

Join the NSU undergraduate mock trial team, and get a preview of the life of a trial lawyer. This experience will enhance your critical thinking and teach you effective communication and professional development.

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students participating in mock trial

Model United Nations

Earn two ExEL units per experience.

Play the role of delegates from 193 member states, and attempt to solve real-world issues. Get a taste of what the United Nations has been doing for decades. You’ll get the chance to compete at the Florida Model United Nations Conference and the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference. Sharks have even traveled to international competitions in the past.

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Public Health Experiential Book Club

Earn at least one ExEL unit per experience.

Love reading? You can fulfill your ExEL requirements simply for your literary interests. Join the Public Health Experiential Book Club, and read books about the relationship between health, social justice, equity, and access to health care. Contact Dr. Christi M. Navarro at for the meeting schedule and to join.

Requirements: All majors and levels are welcome.

Shark Shadow

Earn at least one ExEL unit per experience.

Job shadowing is following an employee during his or her day-to-day tasks to determine whether the job and/or industry is right for you. These experiences can cultivate your passion and interest or help you discover deal breakers before you invest too much into a career path.

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Writing and Communication Center (WCC) Peer Consultant

Earn one to two ExEL units per experience.

Is writing your superpower? Serve as a writing fellow at the WCC. You’ll attend special writing-enriched courses and help your peers with their writing assignments.

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How to Earn Professional Growth Units

Meet with Your Adviser

Discuss ExEL courses you are interested in taking.

Create an Academic Plan

Check out which of your major courses are ExEL designated and when it’s best to take them.

Register for Courses

Work with your adviser to register for ExEL classes when you register for your program courses.

Additional Requirements

Each ExEL opportunity has different prerequisites and conditions. Be sure to find out ahead of time what’s required for the pillar or program you’re interested in.

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Contact Information

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Center for Academic and Professional Success

If you have any questions about a specific opportunity listed above, email
or call (954) 262-7990.

Meet the CAPS Team

These are the Center for Professional and Academic Success (CAPS) staff members who will help guide you every step of the way.

Meet the Team


If you have any questions about the experiential learning program, email or call (954) 262-2047.