Liberal Education and Effective Practice

LEEP Projects 3.0

LEEP Projects are problem-based projects that students complete during the summer working alongside a faculty mentor and with an external organization.
These projects offer real-world application of course material, provide an opportunity to engage with others outside of Clark, and enhance mastery of the LEEP learning outcomes.

Two types of LEEP Projects are available:

  • Existing projects are those that have been secured by Clark staff working in conjunction with alumni, organizations with close ties to Clark, and faculty. Projects can be found on Clark Recruiter:
  • Self-designed projects are crafted by the student with guidance from a faculty mentor and should have a connection to an external organization.

Who can complete a LEEP Project?

  • Primarily juniors, though sophomores and seniors will be considered if 1) the project is developmentally appropriate; and 2) they can make a compelling case as to how the project relates to their future goals
  • Previous LEEP Pioneers are not eligible
  • Student cannot be on social or academic probation

How Do I Apply to do a LEEP Project?

  • Attend a LEEP Projects advising session, required for all applicants, beginning the week of November 18, 2013
  • Have your résumé and cover letter reviewed by Career Services
          - Walk-in hours held 12- 4 pm every day in Dana Commons, 2nd floor
  • Attend the appropriate workshop
          - Writing Your Proposal for students pursuing self-designed projects
          - Interviewing 101 for students pursuing existing projects
  • Apply to and secure the position, or draft your proposal, depending on the project to which you are applying
  • Submit your LEEP Fellows application

LEEP Projects/Fellows Application Deadlines

Self-designed projects: Friday, March 14
Existing projects: Friday, April 18.

The LEEP Fellows Program

The LEEP Fellows Program is designed to provide students with the comprehensive pre- and post-project advising, support, and training they need to have successful summer opportunities and leverage those experiences for future opportunities. All students who complete LEEP Projects will also be LEEP Fellows. Students participating in other activities, such as internships and undergraduate research experiences, or other types of projects, such as Steinbrecher and Barth fellowships, can also apply to be a LEEP Fellow.

LEEP Funding

LEEP funding is available for students completing LEEP Projects. If a position for an existing LEEP Project is secured, a stipend of up to $2500 may be available if the student is not receiving funding from other sources. Students completing a self-designed LEEP Project may apply for LEEP funding of up to $2500. Funding decisions for self-designed projects will be made by a faculty committee.


International LEEP Projects

What to Consider When Planning an International Project
International Travel Checklist: Things to Do Before You Confirm Plans
LEEP Projects/LEEP Fellows International Travel Application Form


Helpful Tools

LEEP Projects 3.0 Information Session

LEEP Projects 3.0, the LEEP Fellows Program, and LEEP Funding Information for Students

How to find LEEP Projects Using Clark Recruiter

How to Access the LEEP Fellows Application in the Clark Recruiter

How to Upload Documents into the Clark Recruiter

Interviewing Tips

Writing Your LEEP Project/LEEP Fellows Proposal

Funding Sources


Contact The LEEP Center at 508-793-8819.