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We believe that every experience is a kind of education. Everything you learn gains value when you apply it. When you take that experience out into the so-called real world, you discover that it works for you. And for the people you're working with.

To make that experience possible for every student, we offer The Power of Experience Grant, which provides all incoming students with up to $2,000 to support an experiential learning opportunity.

4 ways to describe experiential learning at Knox:

1. We put our ideas to work. We give students more than $350,000 every year to conduct research and creative work. The result is that nearly all seniors graduate from Knox with tangible proof that they can effectively launch their own intellectual startup.

2. We go deep. In both our immersion terms and short-term immersive experiences. And in our advanced research and creative projects. Students find a mentor, write a proposal, and spend at least 40 hours on an internship, a service program, or independent or collaborative research.

3. We go away. Half of our students study abroad. If you want to understand the world, you have to go out and live in it. 

4. We work together. Our faculty are exceptionally talented and extremely approachable; they're committed to collaborative research and ongoing mentorship.

8 Ways to Experience Your Education

In Knox's Alumni Hall, we've brought together four centers that enable you to gain experience in research, service, internships, and off-campus study. Resources that send you around the world, help you make connections between theory and practice, and build a bold, brilliant future.

1. Do good work.

Jason Deschamps '15 (environmental management and international relations) went to the Bastian Family Career Center to arrange an internship with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in West Africa.

2. Build a better world.

Eve Martinez '15 (chemistry and Spanish) worked with the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study to support her research with chemistry professor Helen Hoyt (also a Knox graduate!). Eve was part of a research team exploring green chemistry—a field that combines chemistry and environmental sustainability.

3. Move forward.

Angela McNeal '16 (dance studies) used the Kleine Center for Community Service to help start a dance program for at-risk students at a local alternative high school.

4. Reach out.

Chaz Benton '15 (Spanish) worked with the Stellyes Center for Global Studies to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain, which turned out to be helpful when he was selected to play on an NCAA Division III all-star football team at an exhibition game in Mexico.

5. Discover new frontiers.

Annelise Hablutzel '16 (physics) went to the Bastian Family Career Center to secure a research internship in electrostatic physics at the University of Griefwald in Germany.

6. Work across borders.

Sarah Kobernat '16 (biochemistry and French) used the Stellyes Center to find two study abroad programs: one in Dakar, Senegal, and the Knox term in Besançon, France.

7. Work for justice.

Celinda Davis '15 (history) worked with the Kleine Center to join—and then to lead—Blessings in a Backpack, a student club that collects and distributes food donations to local grade-school children.

8. Make the leap.

Niki Acton '16 (theatre and creative writing) was a winner at the Young Playwrights Festival, sponsored by the Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles. With the help of the Vovis Center, she received funding from a Richter Grant to travel to Los Angeles, where she collaborated with the theatre on a fully staged production of her play Survival Strategy.

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