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Hands-On Experience

From internships and undergraduate research to study abroad, student teaching, service-learning and more, 90% of Juniata students participate in distinctive hands-on learning. That's just one reason that 95% of our most recent graduates were employed or in graduate school six months after graduation.

What Students Say:

Elly Engle

Elly Engle '11

initiated the organic garden at Juniata

"The garden has been something the students have wanted to do for a long time. We've delivered tomatoes, squash and peppers and the dining halls have served the vegetables during the summer to students attending camps on campus."

  • Elly Engle

    Elly Engle '11

    initiated the organic garden at Juniata

    "The garden has been something the students have wanted to do for a long time. We've delivered tomatoes, squash and peppers and the dining halls have served the vegetables during the summer to students attending camps on campus."

  • Nicholas Brown

    Nicholas Brown '12

    whose anagama-fired tea bowl was chosen as one of just 70 pieces accepted in the nationally-juried Kansas City Tea Bowl National of 2011

    "It wasn't my natural inclination to enter a show because I'm so new to ceramics--plus it cost $35 to enter. But, part of my major was to enter our work at various art shows, so it's great that this happened. Juniata is a great place to make art happen and talk about your ideas."

  • Andy Waplinger

    Andy Waplinger '12

    interned under Juniata's Mike Trim '76 and has taken some tips from Juniata grad Bruce Davis '65, former Executive Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    "I was able to receive an internship with the camera department on Showtime's Weeds. I was able to work with some amazing people and help create one of my favorite shows of all time. The connections and experience that I've gained through this internship will allow me to enter into my career path with the confidence and resources necessary to succeed."

  • Brittany Gregory

    Brittany Gregory '12

    completed undergraduate research, study abroad and a few other forms of hands on experience while at Juniata. Here, Brittany is pictured with sociology professors Daniel Welliver and Cynthia Merriwether deVries and fellow student Shelliesha Salmon '11, just after the quartet returned from presenting their research at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. during February 2011.

    "Studying abroad in England will give me a chance to expand my senior thesis that I started in my Baltimore neighborhood, 'Using Community Art to Assess Neighborhood Quality,' to several neighborhoods in London. When I get back, I'd like to make a documentary film project (based on the thesis)."

  • David Grim

    David Grim '12

    received a Finnegan Fellowship to intern at a state agency in Harrisburg in 2012

    "In just a few short years here at Juniata, I've experienced things it takes people a lifetime to do. The politics department, and most of the faculty really, have a wide range of interests and teaching styles. The opportunities to get outside the classroom and get a comprehensive look at the world and global politics in general is really unique to Juniata."

What Employers Say:

"Juniata interns have brought strong basic skill sets and enthusiasm for learning that are refreshing and productive for my program."
--Ruth Welliver, Plant Pathology Program Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
"I was looking for physics students who had the personal drive to learn and participate. Our Juniata interns were great, each contributing in their own way and both demonstrating the self-discipline and interest to make significant contributions over the short summer period."
--Dr. John L. Orrell, Research Scientist at the National Security Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
"Hiring a Juniata College student intern gives me someone who is up-to-date on current technology and eager to learn while doing. Juniata interns are tremendously productive, extending my staff capabilities for little or no cost."
--Richard E. Stahl, Planning Director at Huntingdon County Planning and Development
"The Juniata intern was intelligent, had fresh ideas and provided youthful yet sophisticated input on some very complex issues."
--Frederich Liechti, J.D., C.P.A., Partner at Pittsburgh Tax Attorney