I couldn’t agree more. I completed my Undergraduate degree at Northeastern University (a leader in cooperative education) and I can honestly say that everything I am doing now–all of my professional and leadership skills–are owed to their belief in the principles of experiential education. Aside from looking for interns there is a huge opportunity for creating Service-Learning projects with local universities. As an example, part of my capstone course for my MPP we were put into teams and acted as consultants for federal agencies and non-profit organizations to work on real projects. For more information on experiential education (or Work-Integrated Learning, as it is sometime called) and Service-Learning see http://www.waceinc.org/ and http://www.servicelearning.org/what-is-service-learning.