Experience Matters

There’s no substitute for having practical, hands-on experience no matter what path you want to take. Experience helps you build your resume, strengthen your applications, and learn what you do (or don’t) want to pursue.

Employers are increasingly interested in key transferable skills that demonstrate a candidate’s career readiness. Most graduate schools, fellowships, and similar programs want candidates who have clear career goals, can speak to the value of the program in achieving those goals, and have experience to demonstrate their ongoing interest.

There’s lots of ways to gain that experience—from internships and jobs to volunteering and student activities to experiential learning.

Experiential Learning at BU

With experiential learning, you learn by doing and then by reflecting on your experience. Opportunities include laboratory experiments, internships, practicums, field exercises, study abroad programs, undergraduate research, studio performances, and more.

Opportunities are subject to change. If you would like to add or amend information on a program, please contact us at future@bu.edu. To learn more about the theory and practice of experiential learning, check out the guide from BU’s Center for Teaching & Learning.

Internships and Fellowships

Programs with Funding


On-Campus Leadership Opportunities