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Applied Learning

We ask our students to express their ideas, interests, and passions—and we connect them with the resources to bring these ambitions to life. From the moment Hopkins students step on campus (and even before!), we encourage their desires to dig deeper into the issues that are important to them.

“Hopkins students are putting what they learn into practice—my friends here are patent holders, founders of start-ups, small business owners, published authors, curators, and so much more.”
—Elena A., ’17

Our undergrads have lots of options for hands-on, practical learning:

Internships. About 75% of Hopkins students have at least one internship experience during their time here. Many recruiters visit our campus each year to seek our high-caliber students for prestigious opportunities. Serving students of all majors and post-graduation plans, our Career Center helps find and secure internship opportunities.

Joseph interned at The Contemporary, a nomadic museum in Baltimore. Read his blog to learn more about the kinds of hands-on experience he’s had within the museums & society program.

Research. Students come here to pursue answers to questions that haven’t even been asked yet; our academic culture encourages innovative investigation with the support and guidance of faculty mentors. From traditional labs and libraries to traveling abroad, about 74% of Johns Hopkins students participate in some form of research during their time here.

Research funding at Hopkins

Support and resources for research are abundant at Hopkins. Whether students are working alongside world-renowned faculty or developing their own research topics, the awards below are just a few that help our undergrads dig deeper into their topics of interest:

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award (DURA)

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA)

Hands-on learning. A liberal arts approach to learning means that Hopkins students are uniquely equipped for life after graduation, and a big component of this is putting what they learn in the classroom to the test in real-life situations. Making connections between learning in the classroom, engaging in real-life applications, and contributing to the academic landscape are all important aspects of being a Hopkins student.

Our students are developing better ways to treat injuries on the battlefield, launching their own businesses, and analyzing artifacts in our Archeological Museum, just to name a few of the ways they’re gaining practical experiences.

Because service is so important to our students, one way many Blue Jays get hands-on experience is by impacting their surrounding community. Read more about our Community Impact Internships Program to see how Hopkins students are making a difference in their own backyards.

Since 1995, students in the Krieger Schools of Arts & Sciences have traveled to Egypt to excavate and conserve an ancient burial site.

Study Abroad. While the Homewood campus is home base for our undergrads, many students expand the Hopkins learning-lab to destinations abroad. Students in all majors seek opportunities to see the world, with departmental programs, vetted programs, and Hopkins campuses in Nanjing, China, and Bologna, Italy, offering many unique options. Learn more about studying abroad at Hopkins.

A JHU study-abroad student explores an exciting country.

Rachel Schnalzer, Class of 2015, studied abroad in Ireland during her time at Hopkins.

“I did an Intersession class abroad in Nepal where I studied climate change adaptation. It was amazing to experience a new culture and see firsthand what we learned about in the classroom.”
—Christianne B., ’17