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.
Real Experience. Applied Learning.
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.
Distributed to Students
"My favorite experience of the entire research project was being able to attend the Botany 2022 convention to present our findings and learn from experts in their fields."
Francesca D'Urzo ’24 completed an internship with the REAL program where she worked alongside K-12 educators, learning technical skills, building connections, and solidifying her post-grad plans.
Through the REAL program, Elliot Lee worked on a project using augmented reality to showcase the history and culture of the Ohlone people.
With funding from the REAL program, Kelsey Elinski ‘22 worked to bring art from the de Saisset Museum into residence halls on campus.
With funding from the REAL program, transfer student Alexis Takagi '22 worked on a research project designed to understand and give voice to community college students' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.