Beyond the Classroom

The University at Buffalo encourages every student to seek learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Whether by partnering with a faculty member on a research project, interning with a local or national organization, making an impact in the Buffalo community, or taking your education overseas, the initiative to go above and beyond will open doors to a multitude of worthwhile experiences. 

Today's students recognize the value and benefits of meaningful international experience. Study sociology in London or Singapore with faculty from the Department of Sociology, or check out the world of opportunities (literally!) for learning and personal development offered by Study Abroad at UB.

Internships are one of the most direct ways for students to explore future employment opportunities. Get resume experience while making connections and discovering a career that you love. Junior and senior Sociology or Criminology majors or Social Justice minors with at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible. Contact Kelly Crean for more information on internship opportunities or with other questions about applying for an internship. Also see available internship possibilities through UB's Career Services Office.

We have established relationships with several local organizations with a social justice mission that are accepting applications for internships including the International Institute, Journey’s End, Open Buffalo, and Peace of the City to name a few. Some of our most recent internship placements have been with the Tonawanda Police Department, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Kids Escaping Drugs.

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to dive deep into a subject of interest with distinguished faculty guiding their way. 

UB promotes many forms of service-learning. From alternative break sessions to teaching in the Buffalo Public Schools to "Saturdays of Service," these unique community-oriented activities help others while building essential communication and leadership skills.

The Experiential Learning Center is a resource specifically for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ask for guidance from staff experts or simply use the space to research opportunities and funding sources.