College of Arts and Sciences REAL Program

As an institution that recognizes the importance of experiential learning beyond the classroom, we are seeking to provide paid research, internship, project, or creative work opportunities for all College of Arts and Sciences students across all majors. The REAL Program, which stands for Real Experience, Applied Learning, has funded more than 300 paid opportunities since its inception, and looks to continue engaging students in opportunities that allow them to discover their interests, discern their career goals, and grow their professional networks. Investment in the REAL program will allow the College to create and sustain a network of opportunities for students. By facilitating this for current Broncos, we will create a career and professional pipeline for students each year, as Santa Clara competes with other top universities to recruit a community of exceptional students.


Funded by the REAL program, Child Studies and Psychology major Kat Kuwada ’21 learned how to engage students and lead in the classroom while teaching math to kids online

"The best part of my REAL experience was building authentic relationships with my students and with faculty members. I also gained skills crucial to my career path and was able to further my passion for education."

- Kat Kuwada ’21, Child Studies and Psychology
Teaching Fellowship, Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Through the REAL program, Chloe Gentile-Montgomery ’21 researched food insecurity at SCU in an effort to reduce stigma and work towards food justice on campus.

Alex McCarty ’18 obtains Thomas Cole Fellowship, post-graduation.

Through the REAL program, Political Science major Abby Roubal ’21 deepened her understanding of politics as an intern on a congressional campaign.

Join Us on Our Mission

Help Santa Clara advance our distinctive Jesuit education by supporting paid research, internship, project, or creative work opportunities for our College of Arts and Sciences students.