Research and Internships

At EMU, you learn by doing. In-the-field learning is part of the curicculum in 13 of our 17 academic departments, covering the majority of our nearly 40 majors. Future teachers are in local schools the first few weeks of college, shadowing veteran teachers and interacting with students.

Business students in the Investment Club raise funds and track earnings in order to donate to local charities in meaningful ways. Nursing students spend most of their last two years of school in local hospitals and other health care settings working 1:1 with patients and learning from doctors and seasoned nurses.

STEM students are part of a learning community that fosters research; students publicly present their findings regularly throughout the school year!

Live and work in DC

Internships turn into paid employment after graduation for many students in the Washington DC program.

Dozens of exciting internships in all subject areas are available year-round through our Washington DC Scholars’ Program. Recent placements:

  • Washington Office on Latin America (foreign policy advocation)
  • Amnesty International (human rights)
  • The US Census Bureau (statistics)
  • National Institute of Health (laboratory internships)
  • Smithsonian Museum of American History (museum science)
  • Shakespeare Theater D.C. (theater)
  • National Public Radio and Al-Jazeera (journalism)
  • The Hill, a daily congressional newspaper, and the American Ballet Theatre (photography)
  • GreenPeace (environmental studies)

Nearby internships and research opportunities

But maybe you’ll intern closer to campus, like at Shenandoah Growers, and put your lessons on sustainability and development in the local market into effect. Digital media and videography majors intern on the professional video crew for various campus conferences and presentations, and also for the bi-annual Mennonite Church USA conference that draws thousands.

Peacebuilding students work with EMU’s world renowned Summer Peacebuilding Institute staff as hundreds of peacebuilders arrive from around the globe for study at CJP. Students interested in pastoral study take part in the Ministry Inquiry Program, an 11-week pastoral internship, and social work majors complete 16-week practicums during the summer in local agencies.

Science majors collaborate with professors on National Science Foundation summer research projects like water safety monitoring in Southeast Asia, invasive species research in the Pacific Rim, and nearby research on organic farming and harvesting, and watershed safety.