All students have two Immersive Experiences as part of their Drew undergraduate education. These Immersive Experiences are concrete, real world applications of students’ learning and development designed to help them explore opportunities and prepare for their futures. These experiences might be an internship, a full-semester domestic or international off-campus program, a short TREC (Travel, Rethink, Explore, Connect) experience, a community-based learning course, a mentored research, civic, or creative project, or participating in a mentored leadership position.
Immersive Experiences vs. Off-Campus Experiences
Students enrolling in Fall, 2019 or later must complete at least two Immersive Experiences prior to graduation. Students enrolling prior to Fall, 2019 must complete one Off-Campus Experience.
Types of Immersive Experiences
Internships are experiential learning opportunities that allow you to link coursework and skills to a real-life work environment. They can be paid or unpaid, on-campus or off-campus, for credit or not for credit. Internships allow you to gain resume-ready work experience and develop your transferable skills while helping establish your professional network.
Community and Service Learning
Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses, alternative breaks, Changebuilders certifications, and other initiatives foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world. These experiences strengthen community partners, build students’ transferable skills, and connect passion for action with academic interests.
TRECs: Global and US
Travel across the Hudson or around the world. Rethink assumptions from a new vantage point. Explore your chosen field—or an entirely different one—in a new context. Connect with other industries and cultures, and to where you want to go from here.
Research and Creative Projects
Research and creative projects give you a chance to work on a particular area of interest with a Drew faculty member in a lab, on a stage, or whatever other medium fits your goals. These collaborative, mentored experiences are an excellent way to build academic and career experience.
Learn more about research or creative projects (coming soon!)
Student leadership takes many forms; things like leading a student organization, acting as a Summer College student counselor, or even working as a Resident Assistant can be considered leadership opportunities.