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Where students gain hands-on exposure and a lasting professional edge

Lerner knows that opportunity comes to those with the most relevant and high-impact experience, often gained outside a traditional academic setting. Our experiential learning centers encourage undergraduate and graduate students to gain habits of reflection, critical analysis, decision-making and accountability as well as broad knowledge, skills and values — all from direct experiences.

These carefully planned, supervised and assessed experiential learning programs give our graduates an edge in terms of early professional development while also enhancing long-term career development, cultural awareness, leadership and other life-long skills.

Experiential Learning Centers:

Horn Program in Entrepreneurship

Horn Program in Entrepreneurship

Offers aspiring innovators and asset creators academic programs and co-curricular activities designed to stress-test ideas and gather the resources needed to get an idea to market. Co-curricular activities include the Venture Development Center, an applied learning laboratory for students and the annual startup funding competition known as Hen Hatch.

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Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship

Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship

Gives Delaware students valuable financial lessons from kindergarten to college, including how markets work, and how innovation through entrepreneurship is a possibility for all.

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JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center

JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center

Engages faculty, students and JPMorgan Chase employees in joint applied research projects. The Innovation Center, built as part of a strategic JPMorgan Chase-University of Delaware collaboration, creates a pipeline of technology talent through University curriculum, enriching internships and joint research projects to drive innovation.

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Lerner College Trading Center

Lerner College Trading Center

Replicates the trading floors in investment banks, brokerage houses and hedge funds on Wall Street. It enables students to learn sophisticated financial software and to apply it in real-time professional applications across the financial markets. The center also equips finance, economics and other faculty with high-tech teaching tools. Professional training courses and executive education classes are also conducted in the center.

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Marriott Center for Tourism & Hospitality

Marriott Center for Tourism & Hospitality

Allows students to take courses and gain hands-on hotel management experience in the 126-room award-winning Courtyard by Marriott hotel and state of the art teaching facility. Junior year Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students gain valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, front office and housekeeping. Each semester, students rotate between various operating assignments in the hotel as part of their Practicum.

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Vita Nova Restaurant

Vita Nova Restaurant

Provides students in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management programs a capstone experience in which to apply their theoretical knowledge in a hands-on evening dining operation. Students manage all aspects of the dining experience, rotating each day through 17 different positions. The goal is to ensure each student a controlled educational experience in both management and skill-level assignments.

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