Did you know that 79% of employers we surveyed expected students to complete an internship or field project to connect what they learn in class to the real-world?
It’s a statistic confirming what recruiters for national and global companies keep telling us: experience counts when it comes to your career.
Co-op: Work for a Year; Graduate In Four
If your major is business, engineering, or computer science, you can apply for a co-op opportunity where you can get paid to work for up to one year, while still graduating in four. For example, as a major in the School of Hospitality Management, you can complete a one year paid co-op and still graduate on time.
Take note: 75% of students who participated in a Widener co-op graduate in four years compared to the national rate of 45%.
Experience Your Major
- 35% of our students in various majors have studied abroad in China, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Peru, Germany, Bolivia, Japan, and England.
- Over 1,000 organizations in a single year provided experiential learning opportunities for Widener students in co-ops, internships, clinics, or public service.
- 43% of hospitality management grads and 41% of engineering grads reported using a campus-related source or referral to find their jobs.
Experience That Counts
Because experiential learning is one of the core values of a Widener education, our students have access to coaching, mentoring, co-curricular programming, internships, and leadership opportunities, through civic engagement projects, campus service activities, and athletics that provide practical hands-on insights and skills. The majority of our undergraduate students find a course or fieldwork experience related to their major.
Challenging, relevant coursework combined with hands-on, real-world experience provides you with an impressive resume that you can count on.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.
University College student Dale Kerns Jr. established the Little Angels Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for children suffering from cancer, tumors, and other deadly diseases.
College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Major Anna Miller ‘12, from East Prospect, PA, served as site team leader at CityTeam International in Chester, where she coordinated the efforts of 10 other PSC students.
College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology Major Sara E. McManus ’13 has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Alternative Spring Break
Anthropology Major Jess Viscuso ’12 and Nursing Major Devin Weesner ’13 coordinated Alternative Spring Break efforts for 87 students and faculty and staff chaperones at six locations throughout the U.S.
Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Doctoral Student Scott Cheney serves on the board of the Society for Student-run Medical Clinics, where he is one of five national directors charged with planning the society’s international conference.
President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) for 2012–13. Harris has served on the AICUP Board of Directors since 2007, most recently as vice-chair.
Dr. Harry Augensen, associate dean of science and professor of physics and astronomy, helped alumnus Dominic Liberto ’08 arrange a private moment during a public viewing at the Widener University Observatory to propose to his girlfriend, Jenn. She said yes!