DEA faculty take great pride in the diversity of classroom experiences they provide students. Many classes also involve service learning doing real world projects with local organizations and community groups.

An additional opportunity for students to get real world experience in the kinds of work they hope to pursue after graduation are summer internships, both paid and unpaid. Depending on the student’s option, these may be in design and architecture firms (e.g., Gensler Associates), major corporations (e.g., Toyota Motor Sales), and specialty consulting firms (e.g., human factors/ergonomics).

DEA cannot guarantee any student an internship, but in conjunction with staff in the Career Development Office students are provided assistance with internship searches and in developing resumes and preparing for interviews.

The College of Human Ecology supports a number of off-campus study programs that provide yet another terrific learning opportunity. These programs, in New York City, Washington D.C., and abroad typically involve academic credit and formal instruction.