UAlbany students learn by doing
At the University at Albany, learning by doing takes on many forms — from internships and research, to study abroad and service learning — and prepares our students for success.
UAlbany students who participate in experiential learning develop a greater understanding of their course material, learn problem solving and leadership skills, form a deeper connection with their community, and build strong personal and professional networks.
The Center for Experiential Education (CEE) works to support experiential learning in all UAlbany undergraduate and graduate programs, acting as a resource for both students and faculty. Please use this website to learn more about the programs CEE runs and the opportunities we steward across our three campuses.
Research experiences are available to students from all majors. UAlbany has more than 50 research labs with dozens of fields represented in their work. Get started with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement.
"This was my first research experience and it helped me discover that I wanted to continue doing research, as well as continue on to graduate school. This experience helped me combine my two interests: language and science!”
— Chelsea Snide, an atmospheric science student who spent a summer doing research in Taipei, Taiwan
Service learning combines community service and academic study. These projects are embedded in UAlbany courses offered across all majors. Students can also receive credit through the Community and Public Service Program, or volunteer without credit through The Center for Leadership and Service, Handshake and Engage UAlbany.
"This has taught me how to be more understanding and compassionate while learning basic life lessons such as being on time, being efficient and learning to take on responsibility. It has helped me grow personally and professionally. After every shift, I feel accomplished and satisfied that I helped put a smile on someone's face.”
— Neeharika Bhatt, a human biology major who volunteered at Habitat ReStore
Field experiences allow students to test out a future career, learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge and network with professionals. Students can enroll in University-wide internship courses or seek out non-credit internships with the help of the Office of Career and Professional Development, their school or college’s career advisors, and Handshake.
“I went from being a novice reporter to a full-fledged investigative reporter in a matter of months, thanks to on-the-job training by the Spotlight News team. ... It is almost unbelievable to me that I am becoming recognizable in my community as a trustworthy reporter because of the work I began in my internship. UAlbany is my dream school.”
— Kaitlin Lembo, a journalism student who worked as a intern at Spotlight News, a local newspaper
Students have more than 80 countries to choose from when selecting a study abroad program, and can go for an entire semester, a spring break or a winter session. Get started with the Center for International Education and Global Strategy.
“I didn't think I could study abroad because of my major but I found a program that counted towards my minor in Spanish and I can still graduate on time. Studying abroad was the best decision I've made and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.”
— Amanda Helak, an accounting student who studied abroad in Spain
Experiential learning is also embedded into UAlbany courses, allowing students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations and problems. Students of all majors engage in creative works, client and community projects, field trips, site visits, and capstone courses while studying at UAlbany.
“I was able to work with a diverse population, let my strengths shine, and find strength in my weakness. I learned that significant social issues can be changed through small initiatives taken by ordinary people.”
— Penny Glena, a social welfare student who participated in a one-week spring break trip to Scotland with Leading with Cultural Intelligence (EAPS 487) classmates