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Hands-On Learning

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Hands-On & Experiential Learning

Hands-on learning is a participatory form of education that allows students to reflect on their learning, and identify and clarify their skillsets. Involvement in hands-on and experiential learning activities can be a great way to start garnering impressive skills and hands-on experience that can catch the eye of hiring managers. At Nevada State, students have an adundance of opportunities to apply their course materials to the real world outside of the classroom. Additionally, students will be exposed to hands-on learning within various courses in their degree program. To learn more about program courses, see the Nevada State catalog.

Benefits of hands-on learning include:

  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Building relevant experience for your resume
  • Making connections to potential references and referrals for jobs after graduation
  • Improved self-confidence and leadership skills
  • Practice collaborating with diverse groups of people in professional settings


Our internship program offers students applied learning through meaningful internship opportunities. Our faculty and Career Services Center staff identify local employers that mentor, train, and provide hands-on relevant experience to student interns in a real-world, hands-on experience. Not only can an internship look amazing on your resume, it can also kick-start your career through the networking opportunities inherent in every work environment.

For more information on internships, please visit:

Undergraduate Research at NSU

Since 2013, our IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides diverse undergraduate students, including underrepresented first-generation and low-income populations, an eight- to ten-week paid summer experience during which they learn to BE A RESEARCHER.


Service-Learning & Volunteering

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

What is an Alternative Spring Break?

An ASB is when college students choose to participate in volunteer projects during the traditional week-long spring break vacation. You’ll help with vegetation management, litter clean up, and other projects to keep our natural places happy and healthy. You will have opportunities for park exploration and creating ever-lasting memories.

To learn more or apply to be a part of an upcoming Alternative Spring Break, go to Scorpion Central, click on Forms at the top, and search for he Alternative Spring Break application.

Volunteer in Las Vegas / Henderson

Volunteering is a great way for students to give back to their local communities, learn about their interests, and gain experience outside of the classroom.

Staff in our Career Services Center can help students identify local organizations looking for volunteers that match student’s interests and/or career goals.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Learning is fun when you love what you’re doing! Nevada Sate offers an abundance of clubs and activities where students can use their hands-on abilities to hone their skills in a relaxed environment with peers who share the same interests.

Some examples of student clubs at Nevada State includes:

  • Women in STEM 
  • Black Student Organization
  • Dreamers Club
  • Garden Club
  • …and more!

Student Goverment – Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA)

The Nevada State Student Alliance is a governed body with the mission to represent the entirety of the student body, listening to their needs in the effort to promote student affairs and success in our community and in Nevada.

On-Campus Student Worker Jobs

Nevada State offers a wide variety of student worker positions on-campus. Student worker positions are beneficial for students because of the flexibility and hands-on experience they offer. To see which student worker positions are currently available go to Handshake, Nevada State’s online internship and job board exclusively for students. 

When you are accepted and enroll in classes, your Handshake account is automatically created! 

New user? To login, go to

  • From there, click NS Login.
  • Enter your NSHE ID# and NS password associated with your student accounts.

If you are a current student and need help with your application materials, be sure to visit the Career Services Center.

Minimum qualifications* for on-campus student worker positions:

  • Must be in good academic standing and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student with a minimum of 6 credits in the current or upcoming semester at Nevada State.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship (Nevada State does not sponsor employment-related visas).

These are minimum qualifications for all on-campus student worker positions, some positions may have additional required qualifications.