6 students on how they are getting real experience

If you’re looking for a college experience full of real opportunities to make a real impact in your field, Case Western Reserve University is your kind of place.

Here, 99% of students take part in experiential learning, like research, internships, community learning and more. 

That means more experience to talk about at job interviews. And it will stand out on your application for graduate school, med school, law school and more.


Several photos showing students engaged in a variety of disciplines



“I've been developing drug test models for age-related cataracts at CWRU’s School of Medicine.”
—James Dai, biochemistry

“I work in the Duval lab in the Chemical Engineering department working with an isotope that is used in novel cancer treatments. We’re working on a filter that will take what currently takes several hours down to just a few seconds.”
—Tim Yen, chemical engineering


“I worked at a wonderful organization called Maddie’s Place, which is an organization that works with homeless pregnant women and infants. It was super eye-opening because I was working with such a diverse group of people and got to see them bring life into this world.”
—Ellianna Wade, English and theater

“I'm a content intern for a local Cleveland newspaper. The project I’m working on now is a Top-10 list about African American historic landmarks in Cleveland.”
—Lisa O’Brien, international studies and theater

Clinical experience

“On Tuesdays for 8 hours, I’m on the cardiothoracic step-down unit at Cleveland Clinic. I’m literally working with the best doctors, surgeons and nurses in the country for cardiac care.* I’m there. I’m helping them, and it’s been an awesome experience.”
—Nick Valenta, nursing
*U.S. News & World Report has named Cleveland Clinic #1 for heart care for more than 20 years straight

Community learning

“I've done a lot of volunteering with CWRU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. I worked a lot with Seeds of Literacy, which is a program that teaches functionally illiterate adults on the skills they need to take the GED.”
—Anya Tsang, women’s and gender studies


Where will your learning take you?