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Experiental Learning

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Communication Studies & Modern Languages

Our students provide one-on-one assistance as communications consultants for various members of our campus population who are working on a presentation. Students also provide a variety of communications concierge services in the Center for Communication Studies. A variety of internship opportunities are also available for field experience. Students studying modern languages have internship and study abroad opportunities for a truly immersive experiential learning experience.

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How about hands-on learning and career development opportunities at the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World? Southeast has had multiple students from all its colleges across many departments participate in the Disney College Program, a unique five- to seven-month program allowing participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication. Each role offered through the Disney College Program is a paid internship and provides a unique and diverse learning and working experience for one of the world's largest brands.

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The Department of English provides many opportunities for students to become involved in learning, research, and publications. If you see yourself in a publishing, editing, or writing career in the future, you’ll sharpen your skills working at the University Press, the Writing Lab, Big Muddy publication or The Cape Rock. In addition, the Department offers Teaching Assistantships.

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History & Anthropology

From the Historic Preservation Field School and internships to the Center for Regional History, our history and anthropology majors get access to projects to allow hands-on learning. In addition to curriculum, many student organizations also offer the chance for experiential learning through research and community programs.

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Criminal Justice, Social Work & Sociology

Criminal Justice students benefit from a vast partnership with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies for internship opportunities. Students pursuing a degree in social work will complete 448 hours of practical field education under the expert guidance of professional social work practitioners in addition to opportunities to learn from participation in the Social Work Club to faculty-sponsored “hands on” community experiences.

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Political Science, Philosophy & Religion

Once-in-a-lifetime hands-on learning opportunities await ranging from student organizations like the Model United Nations to Southeast’s partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D. C. thinktank where our students are the only ones in the nation to participate in a week-long program. In addition, our students are highly sought after for internships at the State Capitol.


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