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San Diego State University

Career Services

Heather LaPerle

What I do at Career Services

As the Associate Director of Experiential Learning, I manage 3 experiential learning areas:

  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Service Learning

All three of these experiences allow students to develop their professionalism and explore career opportunities. Through the development of programming and resources for students, faculty/staff and employers, my team and I are able to increase access to experiential learning opportunities for all SDSU students.

A little bit about myself

I am a proud Aztec for Life. Go Aztecs! I am a double SDSU alumna. I earned my undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration with an Emphasis in Outdoors and my graduate degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with an Emphasis in Student Affairs. Additionally, I am certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is a personality assessment.

I have worked at SDSU since 2006 in various offices including the Academic Advising Center, Compact Scholars Program, and the Business Advising Center. I am also the advisor for the student organization, Compact Scholars Student Association.  My passion is helping students actualize their dream of attending college, earning a degree, and becoming professionals. 

My favorite time of year is Aztec basketball season, and I have been attending games since 1999. My favorite place is Kings Canyon in Sequoia National Park. My life quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Contact information

Heather LaPerle


Heather LaPerle
Associate Director of Experiential Learning

(619) 594-3493