Hiatt Career Center

Experience Beyond the Classroom

A student holds a caterpillarExperiential learning and experiences are essential pieces in sharpening your professional skillset, making connections, putting your education into practice and clarifying interests. Typically, Brandeis undergraduate students complete between two and three experiential opportunities in the form of internships, undergraduate research, Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) and other experiences such as community-engaged learning opportunities, creative and studio work, field-based research and Brandeis campus organizations.

Overall, experiential work-based learning is a great compliment to your academics and can help you become more confident and competitive for full-time jobs, graduate school and other post-graduation plans. Review the ways you can gain professional work experience during your time at Brandeis, below.

Ori Cohen '24 posed with Sydney, a photogenic macaw.


Broaden your skillset and put your Brandeis education into practice by participating in an internship. Students seek opportunities in a variety of areas, industries and specialties both nationally and globally.

RuijianTan, ’26, pours a liquid from a graduated cylinder into a beaker during a chemistry lab in the Science Shapiro Center at Brandeis University on April 19, 2023. Photo/Gaelen Morse


The collaborative nature of our community gives students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research across a range of academic disciplines under the close guidance of faculty mentors. Being involved with research and fieldwork can deepen your studies and build skills such as critical thinking, project management and teamwork that employers are looking for in applicants.

Aviva Weinstein '23 poses for a photo in the library at Brandeis University on March 20, 2023. Photo/Dan Holmes

On-Campus Employment

While you pursue your academics, you may want to consider working on campus to boost your resume, build connections and even pay some bills. There are various positions available to students throughout the academic year (and sometimes summer months), to help you to continue to grow as a professional.

Sophia Sue Wang ’23 performs at Culture X at Brandeis University on April 29, 2023. Photo/Dan Holmes

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are many ways to get involved on campus beyond internships, jobs and research. Brandeis has more than 200 student-run clubs and organizations that encourage creative learning and leadership development that can help enrich your career path.

Brandeis student Esther Daube-Valois ‘23, left, and Savannah Johnson ‘23 volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity project in Lawrence on April 22, 2023. Photo/Dan Holmes


Brandeis University is rich in volunteer opportunities for every passion, skill set and schedule. Volunteering equips you with the skills to better prepare for jobs and internships and can help lay a foundation to get into specialized fields like healthcare and education.