I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy our Durham community here in New Hampshire. There are tons of opportunities for students to get involved and earn experience right here in the seacoast area. However, if you’re looking to get out into the world and experience something different, UNH provides plenty of ways for you to do so.
The obvious choice is to study abroad. UNH’s Center for International Education does an amazing job of curating study abroad opportunities for students. There are several UNH-managed programs to choose from, meaning that the programs are directed and administered by UNH faculty members and are closely aligned with coursework you would have on campus. In addition, UNH has approved a number of programs that are developed, managed, and administered by professional third-party providers or universities but meet UNH’s criteria. There are around 500 UNH-approved programs, so you’re bound to find something that interests you! You can also participate in a UNH Exchange program with select universities abroad that have directly partnered with UNH to provide students of both universities a unique educational opportunity.
National Student Exchange
If you want to experience a new part of the world but feel more comfortable staying in the United States, the National Student Exchange (NSE) is a great option. UNH is one of 170 accredited colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada, and U.S. territories that participate in NSE. NSE allows you to continue making progress on your UNH degree while studying at a different university in a different area of the country.
The Washington Center
UNH’s affiliation with The Washington Center allows students to attend internships and seminars in Washington, D.C. The city is home to hundreds of government agencies, major corporations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, advocacy groups, law firms, and more. This makes it a perfect fit for students of many different departments and majors. Living in D.C. allows students to be immersed in the capital culture and make important networking connections.
Semester in the City
The Semester in the City program is a new opportunity for UNH students through the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. Beginning in fall 2016, students will have the chance to complete an internship with a leading social change organization in the city of Boston. This program is perfect for students passionate about community development, social justice, health, education, environment, and other areas dedicated to the public good. Through the internship and additional evening seminars and leadership workshops, students earn 16 credits.