Experiential Learning at Albright

“Experiential learning leads us to question the assumptions and conventions underlying many of our practices. It turns us away from credit hours and calendar time toward competence, working knowledge, and information pertinent to jobs, family relationships, community responsibilities and broad social concerns.”

-- Arthur Chickering, noted researcher and author on student affairs

Albright’s goal during your four years of study is to develop you not only into a scholar, but also into a “doer.” Albright wants to continue an ancient tradition of taking classroom theory and challenging it with the realities of the society in which we live. Interactions with artists, scholars, the environment, foreign cultures, the disadvantaged, industry, employers and others are intended to illuminate problems in society today and to encourage students to act to solve them.

Various offices promote this type of experiential learning on campus, including the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center and the Volunteer Center. These offices help to connect you to internship opportunities, study abroad experiences, community immersion through service learning, student research, and potentially limitless and unexpected chances to interact with the people and places that surround you.

Internships students have held

Financial Services Intern, Merrill Lynch

Lab Technician, Yale University

Veterinary Assistant, Leighbow Veterinary Group

Costume Assistant, York Little Theatre

Management and Marketing Intern, Alkem Laboratories Ltd.

Personal Productivity Assistant, Reading Hospital and Medical Center

Public Relations Intern, Reading Express Football

Radio Production Assistant, Atlantic Records

Merchandise Assistant, David’s Bridal

Past study abroad destinations

Macquarie University and University of the South Pacific, Sydney, Australia and Suva, Fiji

American InterContinental University, London, United Kingdom

University of Seville, Seville, Spain

American University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Boston University, Bumthang District, Bhutan

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Getting involved in service

Relay for Life

UNICEF Trick or Treat Donations

Habitat for Humanity

Helping sea turtles in Costa Rica

Kissing booth fundraiser (Hershey’s Kisses!)

Nolde Forest State Park cleanups

Humane Society of Berks County

Soles for Shoes national shoe drive

Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Camp, Virginia Beach, VA

Student research departments and titles

Accounting, “Comparative Tax Systems and the Relationship to Growth”

Biochemistry, “Ultrastructural Studies of Embryonic Development in Zebrafish, Danio rerio

Theatre, “In Perfect Harmony, Writing Music for A Cappella Voices”

Criminology, “Surveying Bullying: Comparing Quantitative Measure of Student Interaction”

Computer Science, “The Albright Game Engine”

Mathematics/Physics, “A General Relativistic Investigation of the Twin Paradox”

Chemistry, “A Computational Investigation of Heterocyclic Radical Cations”

Biochemistry/Philosophy, “A Clinical Study of Patient Safety Goals and their Applications: An International Comparison of Two Institutions”

English/Education, “From Jane Austen to Bella Swan, the Loss of Role Models in Teenage Literature”

Furthermore, you will be required to attend 16 Experience Events before the completion of your sophomore year (or roughly four per semester). Experience Events highlight a topic in the arts, humanities, social sciences or physical sciences, and can range from theatre performances to forum discussions on peace in the Middle East to presentations by physicists. During the spring 2011 semester, more than 50 unique Experience Events were held, so the question is not, “How do I attend 16?” but, “Which ones?” To see a complete calendar of Experience Events, visit our Experience Calendar.