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Want to change the world? Then you’d better get to know it. Experiential learning is learning through action — real settings, real stakes, real impact.

What do you think of when you see the phrase “experiential learning?” Do you imagine yourself completing an internship, volunteering in the local community, or studying abroad for a semester or two? At Clark, those opportunities only scratch the surface.

That’s because here experiential learning is more than an add-on to your education – it’s integrated into our curriculum and fundamental to our culture. Through coursework and co-curriculars, athletics and internships, you’ll be challenged to connect what you learn with a broader appreciation for its context and applications. And as you learn in real-world settings, you’ll benefit from opportunities to deepen your knowledge in a specific field and contribute to causes and projects you believe in.

This is what LEEP is all about, and how Clark prepares you with the skills and experiences necessary to make an immediate impact after graduation.

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Sharpen the Mind

Courses That Matter

Hands-on opportunities like our Problems of Practice courses inspire intellectual exploration as you and your fellow students address real challenges in the workplace and world. Students pursue highly relevant, practical projects in subject areas ranging from environmental studies to community music education.

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On-the-job Learning

Internships

Clark undergrads complete internships at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, United nations, ACLU, Reebok International, Comedy Central, courthouses, and more. With many relationships beyond campus, we provide students with a broad range of opportunities.

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Where Will Your Curiosity Lead?

Research Opportunities

Clark offers more research opportunities than virtually any other university our size. You’ll have the chance to participate in research early and often, work side by side with faculty members, and have access to advanced equipment often reserved for graduate students at other schools.

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Lend a Hand

Community and Volunteering

Clark offers distinctive courses, programs, and community partnerships focused on social engagement at the local level. Take a class on effective nonprofit management. Join one or several of our community service groups. Volunteer with a local service organization. How — and how much — you engage is up to you.

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Get Out of Town

Study Abroad

Whether you’re intrigued by the idea of spending a semester at the London School of Economics, volunteering with disadvantaged youth in Thailand, or participating in our annual May Term in Luxembourg, Clark offers exceptional study abroad, service, and project opportunities that will reflect your interests and goals.

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Cap it Off

LEEP Capstone

Your Capstone is the culmination of your education and can be done within your major or as an independent project. Examples include conducting lab-based physics research, creating a digital product for a local business, and volunteering for a health care nonprofit in a developing nation.

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