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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.

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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Ashtin Campbell (pictured) is incredible! She is professional, smart, takes initiative, and has a great work ethic. She has really helped the Learning Department move forward with our goals to revamp our training. She has great ideas. I look forward to working with her for the rest of the summer and would love to continue into the school year.

Daisy Manapsal, Director of Learning

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Turning Passion into Action

REAL student Alexa DeSanctis ’20 shares about her values and the passion that drives her towards making meaningful change in the world.

Exploring Life as a Teacher

English and Child Studies major Mac Mann-Wood ‘22 explored the reality of life as a teacher during her REAL placement.

Taking Team Beetle From the Field to the Lab

REAL student Paola Valle ‘20 brings data from a summer of field studies in the Sierras back to Santa Clara for further review

Growing through Art

REAL student Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis ’20 looks to utilize art as a way to “cultivate creative confidence” in the next generation.