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Practical Applications

Earn academic credit for short-term projects this summer.

About the Program


Summer internships and jobs this summer may be especially scarce, but we’re here to help. With the Practical Applications in Arts & Sciences program, you can earn 1-3 credits and develop practical skills through short-term projects this summer. 

Like an internship, the Practical Applications program awards credit for experiential learning. But while an internship offers credit for a single, long-term experience with an organization, the Practical Application program is designed to be more flexible and innovative. With a Practical Application, you can earn credit for completing a self-designed long-term project, or carrying out two or more related short-term projects (self-designed or offered by organizations). 

Your Practical Application project will depend on your interests and the availability of experiences and projects. Here are some examples of what it might look like:

  • Interested in languages? You might provide translation services for a volunteer organization and tutor children in a language for a school.
  • Love social media? Consider taking a LinkedIn Learning class on social media marketing and providing social media support for a nonprofit.
  • Want to design an app for fun or to build and showcase skills? How about developing an app for a start-up? 

You have multiple ways to begin exploring options. You can work with an advisor listed below, fill out an Interest Survey, or search directly at the Career Center page for summer 2020 opportunities.

While we don’t place students in projects, we will guide you through the process of finding or creating one or more projects that speak to your interests. Learning to land or develop a project is itself an essential part of your career development, a skill that will help you develop creativity, purpose, and resilience in your professional life.

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How to Develop or Find a Project

Make an Appointment with a Project Advisor

Reach out to one of our project advisors, Carol Moakley, Matt DeVoll, Maya Ganapathy, Colleen Smyth, Amy Heath-Carpentier, Shruti Desai (for civic and community-based projects), or Jessica Weldon or Mike Seper (for entrepreneurial projects), to discuss or develop your idea. See their contact information below to reach out.

Or Fill Out an Interest Survey

Fill out the Interest Survey form, and a Project Advisor will reply to discuss possibilities.

Interest Survey

Or Use the Career Center

Search for projects under “Build Skills Through Projects, Self-Directed Learning & Volunteerism” on the Career Center's website.

What You Can Do in Summer 2020

Make an appointment with one of the following Project Advisors to talk more about any potential project.

How to Apply for Credit

When you have your project(s) ready to go, submit a Practical Applications pitch using the link to the form below.

Submit a Practical Application Pitch
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To Earn Credit

Once approved, you will receive a Project Advisor with whom you will work.

Credit is awarded in the fall semester under the course name "Practical Apps in Arts & Sciences" (L43 General Studies 2PA), and any charge for credit is covered by the regular tuition for your fall semester.

To receive credit, you must complete the following:

  • A "Practical App Pitch" before the beginning of your project
  • The minimum number of hours required (45 hours per credit over six weeks for 1-2 credits, or eight weeks for 3 credits, with a maximum of 3 credits awarded)
  • Self-reflection assignments
  • A resume
  • A professional social-media profile (i.e., through LinkedIn)