Relevant. Real-World. Right Now.

Experience is everything when it comes to landing that first job after college. At Elms, we shape your education around fulfilling, insight-catalyzing learning opportunities that give you that experience upfront.

Sure, you’ll add bullet points to your resume. But you’ll also put your ideas into action, connect with mentors, reach your limits (and surpass them), and grow into a confident leader. From start to finish, our faculty and staff will help guide you through the process, however you decide to get involved.

Internships

Internships are the epicenter of the college experience these days. You’ve aced the exams, completed the projects, and done the class discussions. But is your major really for you? The best way to find out is to work with a business, nonprofit organization, government agency, startup, charity, Fortune 500 company, or some other group of like-minded individuals and to put everything you’ve learned into practice.

To help jump start your search, we offer one-on-one internship and career guidance through our Office of Career Services. From writing an attention-grabbing resume to making the most of networking events, we’re here to offer advice that will help you nail the interview.

Research

Research at Elms is more than conducting an experiment or helping a professor with a project. It’s an immersive, student-driven foray into the unknown. In addition to gaining a more mature understanding of your major, you’ll emerge from your experience with new skills in systematic thinking and analysis, decision making, and deadline management.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is your chance to tap into the global cultural milieu. As a bonus, you’ll earn credits toward your degree, meet incredible people, and even improve your foreign language skills. Elms offers semester-long exchange programs, brief faculty-led excursions, and opportunities to travel within the United States.

Mission Trips

The Office of Campus Ministry sponsors week-long mission trips to foster social change. From rebuilding homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina to learning about the geopolitical dynamics at the U.S.-Mexico border, these trips will introduce you to broader humanitarian efforts around the country and world.

Forge Your Own Path.

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Elms gives you the tools to navigate the complexities of the world, and shape your understanding in the process. By the time you graduate, you’ll have had ample opportunity to apply your ideas to real issues, and decide on the career path that fits you best.

Go Interdisciplinary.

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The best solutions are those that draw on multiple disciplines, theories, and concepts. So, combine computer science + business. Nursing + psychology. History + criminal justice. Crossing academic boundaries will help you be more creative, think outside of the box, and feel prepared for whatever comes your way.

Get Funding.

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Elms offers generous financial resources specifically geared toward supporting unpaid internship, research, study abroad, and mission trip experiences. Learn more.

Do Something Groundbreaking.

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    Innovative Cancer Research

    Mariah Dudash '20 completed an internship at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute over the summer, running experiments on cell immunity.
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    Debunking Stigmas of Hearing Aids

    Communication Sciences and Disorders major Jill Coulter '20 collaborated with a professor on campus to measure implicit biases against hearing devices.
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    Pack Your Passport

    Through a long-standing partnership with the University of Kochi in Japan, Elms College offers students the chance to go on a three-week immersion trip to Asia over the summer. You'll participate in traditional Japanese customs, visit breathtaking scenery, make new friends, and gain knowledge outside of the classroom.
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    Spark Social Justice

    Every spring, Elms students who are passionate about social change travel to different areas on mission trips. These treks emphasize community building and service to others, and offer a first-hand look at how you can lend a hand to our "dear neighbor."
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  • Photo of biology major Mariah Dudash '20 doing researchin a science lab at PVLSI
    Innovative Cancer Research
  • Photo of CSD major Jill Coulter '20 conducting research on hearing aids
    Debunking Stigmas of Hearing Aids
  • Photo of a Japanese shrine
    Pack Your Passport
  • Photo of students volunteering during Dorothy Day 2019
    Spark Social Justice
 

Add to Your Resume Now, Not Later.

Volunteer work, international travel, on-campus leadership, and exploratory internships are all invaluable experiences to add to your professional resume. By the time you graduate from Elms, you’ll have a diverse set of bullet points highlighting the different ways you expanded on your education. Not sure where to start? Our Office of Career Services can help.

Get Started Your First Year at Elms.

As part of your First Year Seminar experience, you’ll get a taste of what experiential learning is all about your very first year at Elms. The Elms Innovation Challenge is a dynamic, round-the-clock workshop that invites students to develop creative solutions to social issues.