Beyond the Classroom
When you make the decision to attend SIUE, you are deciding to do more than earn a college degree. You are opening the door to enriching experiences that will prepare you for a successful career and fulfilling future.
SIUE offers a variety of programs designed for academically high-achieving students to enhance classroom learning experiences.
- Leadership and volunteer opportunities
- Undergraduate research
- Study abroad
- Co-ops and internships
A study abroad experience is life changing and can be one of the most memorable times of your undergraduate education! Imagine living with a host family and learning Spanish in Argentina or Costa Rica, gaining valuable international business experience in China or studying art history in Rome.
There are more than 200 SIUE approved or sponsored study abroad opportunities in more than 20 countries, and one is just right for you.
Studying abroad will give you a competitive edge when applying for internships, jobs and graduate school.
Study abroad opportunities take many forms:
One- to six-week SIUE faculty-led programs Intensive language study programs Full semester at an institution abroad
Learn more about studying abroad.
Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities
SIUE’s Kimmel Leadership Center is the perfect place to start thinking about how you can get involved and take advantage of opportunities to add value to the community and to your own daily life. No matter what you are interested in, the Kimmel Leadership Center has something for you. Student Government, Greek Life, volunteering, and Campus Activities Board are just a few of the more than 200 organizations that students can join.
Opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community are plentiful at SIUE. For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly, a national news magazine, ranks SIUE among the Top 50 master’s granting colleges and universities in the nation for our contributions to the public good.
Learn more about the SIUE Kimmel Leadership Center.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to get involved in scholarly projects in ways that are commonly only found at the graduate level. Undergraduate students work closely with faculty to design, conduct and assist with scholarly projects in virtually every field of study.
Beginning as early as your freshman year, you could become immersed in real scholarly research and creative activities projects that make an impact in your field of study and benefit the world.
Co-ops and Internships
The SIUE Career Development Center (CDC) can also guide you through the process of finding an internship or Co-op position. Gaining professional experience while completing your degree is a great way to learn more about your field of study and make important connections that may help you find a job once you graduate.
More than 200 individual employers hire SIUE students for internships and co-ops each year. Opportunities can be found in virtually any field of study, ranging from business to non-profit. Here is a sample list:
- The Boeing Company
- Covidien Pharmaceuticals
- Edward Jones
- Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
- Scottrade Inc.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The CDC is also available to help you prepare for life after college. Available services include:
- Resume critiques
- Career counseling
- Job search guidance
- Career assessments
- Mock interviews
- Assistance with job and graduate school applications
Learn more about the SIUE Career Development Center.