Your liberal arts education goes beyond the classroom, lab, or studio

If you want, your coursework can take you abroad, into the local community, and expose you to life-changing experiences. 

Browse some of the opportunities available in the course catalog for experiential learning in your major, in addition to opportunities featured here that will help you stand out among your peers in the job market, and broaden your understanding of the world.

Undergraduate Research

The University of Iowa is one of the top public research universities in the country. Our professors aren't just teaching about their fields—they're making the latest discoveries. You can work closely with faculty on research and present your findings. 


Internships and externships complement your academic work with real-world professional experience that will help you stand out on your resumé when you enter the job market or apply to graduate school.

Study Abroad

Spending a semester studying in another country can be an incredible, fulfilling experience that will help you understand how our global society works—benefiting you personally and professionally. 

CLAS students regularly take their learning beyond the classroom

Students standing in front of NBC news studio

Hawks in D.C.: CLAS students explore the ever-changing field of media in our nation’s capital

Monday, June 3, 2024
On a three-day trip, 11 School of Journalism and Mass Communication students traveled to Washington D.C. with faculty member Brett Johnson to learn more about journalism and the First Amendment.
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CLAS art and art history professor and six students embark on journey across Iowa on handmade bikes

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Department of Art and Art History Professor Steve McGuire and six students will complete a 500-mile trip across the state on bicycles they made in his course.
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CLAS students gaining local journalism experience by reporting on Solon and Mount Vernon

Friday, May 24, 2024
The Daily Iowan has acquired two community newspapers. This acquisition allows students to receive firsthand experience reporting on these communities while still in college.
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Meet these CLAS student researchers

Monday, May 6, 2024
Learn more about the exciting work of students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Iowa Heartlanders

CLAS journalism students pitch potential business ideas to the Iowa Heartlanders

Monday, April 22, 2024
Students in the Business of Sports Communication class within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication received hands on experience when their class partnered with the Iowa Heartlanders hockey team.
students sitting at round tables with laptops in career center at the University of Iowa

Students: Are you looking for a summer internship?

Monday, April 8, 2024
The University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center can help you find an internship, sign-up for credit, and offers courses and training in career-readiness.
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CLAS journalism students help produce book chronicling historic season for Iowa women’s basketball

Thursday, March 28, 2024
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with the help of students and faculty, will publish a photo and essay book documenting the women’s basketball team and their history-making season.
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On One Day for Iowa, support experiential learning for Hawkeyes

Friday, March 22, 2024
Donating to CLAS is an investment in Hawkeye students. Every gift makes a difference, and yours could be matched during the giving day.
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CLAS journalism student selected for prestigious program

Monday, March 11, 2024
Second-year student James McCurtis III is the first University of Iowa student selected to take part in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship’s Washington Program.