Beyond the Classroom
Haverford students are ambitious and idiosyncratic in making the most of their educational experiences. The number of students who take advantage of the non-traditional learning opportunities we offer–whether on- or off-campus–reflects the College's commitment to social justice, community engagement and the pursuit of unique intellectual experiences.
Unique and prestigious summer internships enable our students to gain valuable career experience and apply skills and knowledge in various communities. A wide array of our internship opportunities is available exclusively to Haverford students.
Internships include opportunities to:
- investigate issues of peace, social justice, and/or environmental sustainability through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship's Senior Bridge Internship for graduating seniors
- work in direct care with individuals with developmental disabilities/neurological disorders through The Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant
- undertake public interest projects in the Philadelphia area through Summer Serve
- pursue print or broadcast journalism through The Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Internship
- gain experience at distinguished cultural organizations through John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities' internships for rising seniors.
Each summer, approximately 75 students assist faculty with original scientific research in the seven departments of the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center. As part of a research team, students gain invaluable hands-on experience and learn how to communicate their findings. Many projects result in publication in scientific journals or presentations at professional conferences.
Students assist humanities and social science faculty through the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities' Summer Student Research Assistant (SRA) Program. SRAs do archival and database research, annotate bibliographies, proofread, fact-check, do scanning and web design, and help design courses by reacting to assignments and readings and creating PowerPoint presentations.
Connecting with Alumni
Haverford's Extern Program connects current students with alumni in professions of interest to explore potential career options. Students shadow the alum in the workplace during a winter or spring break. The Career Development Office is an excellent resource for information on internships and externships.
Each fall, the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities sponsors non-credit student seminars that support serious intellectual exchange among students, on subjects that students define themselves, in a small group setting. In the spring, students are invited to propose themes or subjects the following year.
Experimental College (ExCo) offers student-run, non-credit courses outside the classroom that connect members of the Haverford Community that share diverse interests. Courses have included Beginning Ceramics (taught by an alum), Roman Baroque Art and the Role of Punk Rock in Contemporary Western Society (taught by undergraduates).