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Learning by Doing

Reflection and Action

It's a Jesuit principle that's over 500 years old — placing equal weight on reflection or deep thought and action. In this spirit, at Saint Joseph’s, we believe that students benefit most when given a broad spectrum of learning opportunities — traditional and hands-on, in the classroom and out in the world. We offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities from professional internships, co-ops and study abroad immersions to meaningful spiritual and service commitments. No matter your major or interests, you will find exciting ways to build a college career that will prepare you for personal and professional success.

Experiential Learning


Service-Learning courses offer the opportunity to engage meaningfully with underrepresented populations and local communities, then return to the classroom, where you’ll be challenged to re-form your attitudes and assumptions. 

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We encourage you to take on an internship (or a few) while pursuing your degree. The Career Development Center helps health and education majors find student teaching and clinical placements. Meanwhile, our Co-op Program offers arts and sciences and business students two full-time, paid work opportunities — a full year of job experience — before you graduate.


At Saint Joseph’s, undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in hands-on research through an individual academic department or one of our interdisciplinary research centers.

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Getting More Out of Study Abroad

Many of our study abroad programs include experiential learning opportunities including internships, service learning and volunteer work.

My Hawk Hill


My SJU education and service opportunities taught me about the immense educational inequalities that exist within our society. From this, I knew I wanted to work directly with students to help alleviate any barriers conflicting with their education and ensure they are given the education and opportunities they deserve.”


Emily Baumley ’18

faith-justice studies, gender studies


I interned with Target the summer after my junior year as an executive team leader. I had the opportunity to learn under each department manager and the store manager to understand what it means to be a leader in a retail environment.”


Faith G. ’18

food marketing

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Saint Joseph’s is the reason I am the person I am today. I took advantage of an opportunity through campus ministry to go to Spain, and that trip motivated me to learn Spanish. Following that, I studied abroad in Argentina, declared a Spanish major and committed myself to using my Spanish in practice.

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Beth Villanyi ’14

Spanish and psychology double major, Latin American studies minor