What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is an engaged learning process whereby students "learn by doing" and by reflecting on the experience. Experiential learning activities can include, but are not limited to, hands-on laboratory experiments, internships, practicums, field exercises, study abroad, undergraduate research and studio performances.

The Global Health Studies Program recognizes the importance of experiential learning for students as they define their interests and work toward post-graduation goals. Program faculty and staff help connect students to local, regional, and international academic and co-curricular opportunities.

Importantly, the Global Health Studies Program encourages student involvement in experiential learning only if it is conducted through reputable organizations which uphold ethical and health standards for both students and local populations worldwide. Resources which help students navigate their interactions outside of the classroom include:

Research   

Glorie Borsay, a student in Global Health studies, discusses her research poster with Dr. Squier.

Ferentz Undergraduate Research Fund
Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Student Research
Independent Project in Global Health Studies
Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)
Iowa Policy and Opinion Lab (IPOL)
Iowa Social Science Research Center
Public Policy Center Summer Policy Research Institute
Stanley Award for Undergraduate Research
(The Dewey) Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research

Internships

Center for Advancement (fundraising and development internships)
Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program
Cultural Vistas Summer Internship
GAP Year Opportunities
Global Health Studies Summer Internship with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement 
Hawkeye Internship Grant
International Internships (UI International Programs)
Pomerantz Career Center Internship Information, Micro-InternshipsRemote Internships
The Washington Center Internship Program
World Food Prize/ George Washington Carver Internship

Study Abroad

Funding Your Study Abroad Experience
Steps to Studying Abroad at the University of Iowa
Study Abroad "Major Advising Page" for GHS (explore GHS-related study abroad programs)

Engaged Learning (Leadership, Service Learning, Student Orgs, Volunteering)

Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity UI Leadership Training 
GHS:4001 Student Team Projects with Community Health Initiative, Haiti
Hawkeye Service Breaks
Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute
Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement (find GHS-related student orgs)
Mobile Clinic Volunteering 
Office of Community Engagement
Student Volunteer Service Travel 
Volunteer & Service Learning Opportunities/ Pomerantz Career Center

University Resources

The University of Iowa provides general information concerning research, internships, study abroad and engaged learning opportunities. For more information, please visit the following links:

Undergraduate Researchhttps://research.uiowa.edu/researchers/student-research/undergraduate-student-research
Internships: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/finding-internship 
Study Abroad: https://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad
Experiential Learninghttps://leadandserve.uiowa.edu
Engaged Learning: https://engagement.uiowa.edu/students