Creating REAL Opportunities

Strengthening the connection between academic and high-impact, co-curricular experiences is one way to develop students who are capable of solving problems, leading, and innovating in a diverse and interconnected world. Through REAL (Reserach Experience and Applied Learning) opportunities, students can gain real-world skills, prepare for their careers, and achieve personal growth. The campus provides various resources to assist faculty and staff in creating REAL opportunities for students.

  • The Teaching and Learning Commons supports faculty and staff who wish to incorporate research experience and applied learning components into their curriculum or program. 

  • Academic Internship Program: Faculty oversight is a critical component of an academic internship experience. Students completing AIP 197 work with a faculty member to produce a research paper or project relevant to the internship experience, intended to apply an academic perspective to practices encountered at the internship. 

  • Faculty Mentor Program: Undergraduates work with a faculty mentor on a research project and take 4 units of independent study (199).

  • UC San Diego Global Seminars: 5-week summer programs taught by UC San Diego faculty in different countries around the world.

  • Career Services Center: Can present to your class on careers related to a field of study, provide your department or program meeting space to meet with groups of students, and partner with you on other events to help your students' career development.