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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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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.

400+

Students Placed

$1.8M

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

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.

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With funding from the REAL program, junior Adam Graham assisted in designing the DOxy device, inspired by his interest in computer science and his love of cars.

With funding from the REAL program, Sofia Russell ’22 completed an internship at the LA Public Defender’s Office, following her childhood passion for law and solidifying her plans for the future.