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Beyond the Classroom

The Los Angeles area offers rich and diverse possibilities for field study, community-based learning and internships. Geology students study deposits of volcanic rock in the local mountains; art history students go to L.A. to examine the work of Chicano muralists first hand; and photography students learn about satellite imaging at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Of course, field study isn’t limited to Los Angeles or even Southern California. Some students travel much further afield--to remote areas of Utah to look at pristine records of the Ice Age or to the Arctic to spend a month at the Polish Polar Station studying seabirds.

Public policy majors participate in an internship program, where they spend about 16 hours a week working in courtrooms, health clinics, community organizations and other private and public settings. And students in every discipline can take part in the Pomona College Internship Program, which provides part-time, 10-week internships in a variety of professional settings. Students are eligible for academic credit, as well as an hourly wage, making it possible for everyone to participate. More than 175 opportunities at 100 internship sites are available through the program each semester, representing a wide variety of opportunities, from television stations and museums to public policy organizations and financial service firms.

About 55 percent of students choose to study abroad. A leader in international education, Pomona offers 40 programs in 26 countries, and every continent except Antarctica. All programs carry academic credit and no extra cost for tuition or room and board. In fact, students receive an extra stipend for travel. Those who receive financial aid may apply the full amount to any Pomona study abroad program.

Additional cooperative academic programs include Pomona’s student exchange programs at Colby College in Waterville, Maine; Smith College in Northampton, Mass.; Spelman College in Atlanta; or Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn., where sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors may study as exchange students. Students can also spend a semester in Washington D.C via Claremont McKenna’s Washington Semester Program.

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