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The REAL Program

Implementing NASA simulations. Excavating and cataloging artifacts from a Mission period adobe house. Creating accessible healthcare policy. Designing and painting a mural for the Forge Garden. These are some of the amazing things REAL students are doing.

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Experiential Learning is key to an education through the College of Arts and Sciences. As an institution that recognizes the importance of learning beyond the classroom, we aim to provide paid research, internship, project, or creative work opportunities for all undergraduate students within the College. Through the REAL Program, students can discover their interests, gain a rich understanding of a particular field, discern their career goals, explore future employment fields, and grow their professional networks. Experiences funded through REAL last up to ten weeks during the summer; alternatively, our REAL@Work program supports multidisciplinary team-based projects during the academic quarters.

300+

Students Placed

$1.7M

Distributed to Students

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"The best part of my REAL experience was building authentic relationships with my students and with faculty members. I also gained skills crucial to my career path and was able to further my passion for education."

Kat Kuwada '21, Child Studies and Psychology
Teaching Fellowship, Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Psychology and Philosophy major Aidan Gallegos ’21 researched bilingual cognition in an internship funded by the REAL program.

Funded by the REAL program, Child Studies and Psychology major Kat Kuwada ’21 learned how to engage students and lead in the classroom while teaching math to kids online.

Environmental Science major Fiona Mulhern ’21 got the opportunity to study marine biology as a research assistant funded by the REAL program.

Through the REAL program, Studio Art major Shae Kennedy ’21 participated in a virtual internship where she created fun art activities for kids and their families to do online.