Ori holds a pole where Sydney, a colorful macaw, is perched.
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Watch: Summer Internship – Ori C. ’23

Ori has always had a deep appreciation for animals since he was little but it wasn't until he took an internship at Southwick Zoo that he discovered his love for birds and most importantly, his passion for being a caretaker for animals.

Gain real-time insights to real-world problems — and put all your skills and knowledge to the test.

Experiential learning is an essential piece of the Brandeis experience. On average, our undergraduates complete between two and three of the opportunities outlined below during their time here. These invaluable experiences will help you sharpen your professional focus, make important connections and apply classroom concepts to the day-in, day-out work of your chosen profession.

The Hiatt Career Center will help you pursue these experiential learning opportunities, and explore the financial support programs that help make them a reality.

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Undergraduate Research

Brandeis also prides itself on creating opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research and independent projects under the close guidance of faculty mentors. The collaborative nature of our community gives students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research across a range of academic disciplines. This research can serve as a springboard for students to complete their own projects during their junior and senior years.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations provides support and funding for undergraduate research. In recent years, more than 70 Brandeis students have been first or second authors on published, faculty-reviewed work.

Dario Alves ’21 standing in front of the Massachusetts State House


Brandeis students explore a world of professional possibilities through local, national and global internships. Recent placements include the U.S. State Department in Krakow, Poland, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sunnite Islamic Legal Court of Tripoli, Children's Hospital Boston, the New England Aquarium and the Central Bank of the Philippines.

Zac in the White House Briefing Room

Letters to the President: A Semester at the White House

Zac G. ’26 spent his spring semester participating in the White House Internship program. His favorite part? Answering letters sent to President Joe Biden.

Ianna smiles on a boat next to a robot that she used to visually assess corals and gauge their health.

Diving With Robots

Ianna G. ’24 found her passion in an unusual way—by teaching a computer to recognize and measure corals.

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Other Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential learning at Brandeis helps students develop knowledge, skills and values in diverse practical settings, deepening their liberal arts education and preparing them to enter the workforce as experienced professionals. Students engage in experiential learning through community-engaged learning opportunities, creative and studio work, field-based research and Brandeis campus organizations.