Virtual Work/Study Program Helps Students Launch Their Careers Amidst Pandemic

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( — December 2, 2020) — Experience Lab launches at University of Pennsylvania—a virtual work/study program to help recent college graduates launch their careers amidst the global pandemic.

Chicago-based Experience Lab and The University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (Penn LPS) have announced a new program called Experience Lab at Penn. This first of its kind, fully virtual 6-month program is designed to prepare recent college grads for the future of work.

The program combines facilitator-led experiential learning sessions focused on Digital Marketing or Business Development paired with one-on-one career coaching, culminating in a 12-week virtual work placement with an early-stage company.

“For many students, the first job is the hardest to get. Our program offers a bridge from college to career, by teaching hard skills for trending jobs alongside placement into full-time work experiences,” said Matt Meltzer, Co-Director, Experience Lab at Penn. “And as a six-month, virtual program, Experience Lab at Penn creates an efficient on-ramp into the workforce.”

“At Penn LPS, we are always looking for ways to empower individuals and enhance their personal and professional lives. Experience Lab at Penn is an innovative program designed for recently graduated students to gain the skills and opportunities needed to launch them forward in their careers.”

Rita M. McGlone | Executive Director, Professional and Organizational Development

The program is planned to be offered three times a year, with a pilot cohort of over 30 participants already in progress. Applications for the $9,750 program have opened for spring, summer, and fall 2021 session, and can be completed at

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