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. Learn more about internships, research experiences, study abroad, and service learning.

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.

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.

Meet the Directors of Experimental Learning!

Alan Bloomgarden Ed.D.

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Director of Experiential Learning

Alan H. Bloomgarden, Ed.D. is the inaugural Director of Experiential Learning at Elms College, where he has been working to coordinate, expand and enhance opportunities for community engagement since 2020. Previously, as Director of Community Engagement at Mount Holyoke College, he taught courses in social action and community leadership, and grew the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program to involve over 400 students annually in more than 25 community-engaged courses, internships, and independent studies. Before Mount Holyoke, Alan served as Director of Faculty Grants and Government/Community Relations at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Alan has a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from UMass Amherst, an MPhil in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (UK), and a B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University. Alan was a Governor’s appointee to the 2012 Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, and co-founded Leadership Pioneer Valley, a regional community leadership program. He serves on WGBY’s Latino Advisory Board, and as an associate editor for the International Journal of Research on Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Jennifer L. Granger Sullivan Ed.D.

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Associate Director of Experiential Learning

Jennifer L. Granger Sullivan, Ed.D. is the Associate Director of Experiential Learning at Elms College, where she has been working to coordinate, expand and enhance opportunities for community engagement since Fall 2021. Jennifer is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Salem State University, teaching in their Higher Education in Student Affairs graduate program. Previously, as Director of Student Activities and Orientation at Lasell University, she taught a First Year Seminar course on leadership, and grew the Office of Student Activities and Orientation that focused on student leadership development, new student, transfer, and family orientation programming, student clubs and organization, and campus activities and traditions. Jennifer also served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Lasell University. She was awarded the Lasell University Thomas E.J. de Witt Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership in 2012. Jennifer has a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, a Master in Education with a focus on higher education and student affairs administration, and a B.A. in History from UMass Dartmouth. She spent over a decade serving on the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Board of Directors, including serving as President and Vice President. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the UMass Dartmouth Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Additionally, Jennifer was a leader within the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention – NODA for over a decade, being a regional conference host, annual conference committee member, regional conference committee member, national Small College Network chair. She was awarded the Regional Outstanding Professional Presentation, Regional Outstanding Professional, and the Regional New Professional.

Students / Faculty / Staff – for more details and resources to find the Office of Experiential Learning on ElmsConnect.