Program Description Time Commitment


Provides students with structured, short-term programs to gain experience and apply classroom concepts in their chosen fields of study. 15-20 hrs. per week
(one semester)

Co-op Provides students with structured, work-related programs on a long-term basis to gain experience, supplementing classroom studies. 20-40 hrs. per week
(one or more

Job Shadowing Provides students with opportunities to observe professionals in the work environment and learn about their chosen field.

2 hrs. -1 day
(short term)


Volunteering Provides one of the best ways for students to gain entry into an organization. There are countless opportunities for you to make worthwhile contributions while at the same time gaining professional experience. 2 hrs. -1 day (short term)

Study Away Provides students the chance to live and study in new environments to prepare them to be active and responsible global citizens through academically sound international and domestic educational exchange opportunities. 2 weeks, 1 month, 1 semester or 1 year. Varies according to the program you choose

Service Learning Offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful experience with a non-profit organization by integrating community service with academic learning. Varies widely according to the course or experience and community partner

Undergraduate Research Involves research or creative activity conducted by an undergraduate student collaborating with a mentor that makes an original, intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. The experience may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery, application and/or performance. Varies according to course or mentor requirements

UAB News

  • Loder-Jackson named associate editor of urban education research journal
    School of Education professor to serve as one of two associate editors for Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

    Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Education’s Department of Human Studies, has been named associate editor for the 2016 issue of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

    The journal is a publication of the American Educational Research Association’s Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research Special Interest Group. The AERA is a national research society that works to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Special-interest groups like Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research provide a forum within the AERA for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research.

    Loder-Jackson will serve as one of two associate editors for the journal. Her program of research is focused on topics related to urban education, Birmingham’s civil rights and education history, activism of educators from a historical perspective, life course perspectives on African-American education, and home, school and community relations.

  • School of Public Health to host open house for graduate programs Oct. 9
    Learn more about the SOPH graduate programs at its open house Oct. 9.

    Learn more about master’s and doctoral programs during the UAB School of Public Health Open House Information Session on Friday, Oct. 9.

    Departmental open houses in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health behavior and health care organization will provide attendees more information about possible career areas with a graduate degree from SOPH and opportunities to tour the campus.

    School administrators and students will also be available to answer questions about the program, and the admissions coordinator can provide information about the application process.

    To register, please visit the official open house website.

  • Platform1 visual arts event at UAB’s 2300 Studios on Oct. 17 to benefit scholarships
    Discover artists in their studios, participate in workshops and demonstrations, and purchase artwork to support UAB Department of Art and Art History student scholarships.

    Visit artists in their studios and buy original artwork at Platform1, a visual arts event benefiting student scholarships, Saturday, Oct. 17, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 2300 Studios.

    Art Studio faculty from the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History will open their studios for exhibitions featuring student and alumni artists, hands-on demonstrations, and a silent auction. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. at 2300 Seventh Ave. South. The event is free and open to the public. Artwork sales are cash or check and carry; 100 percent of sales will fund student scholarships. For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland at

    Featured at Platform1:

    • Book and paper arts exhibition with works by alumni and current students
    • Bookbinding demonstrations by members of Medium: The Art Club at UAB
    • Make sustainably fashioned backpacks from “upcycled” plastic grocery bags
    • Projections by New Media and Animation students 
    • Screen printing demonstrations
    • The March Quilts 2016 kick-off event, with visiting artist Amanda Browder

    Support for Platform1 comes from the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, says Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

    “With the help of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, UAB students have benefited from a dynamic visiting artists and scholars program, increased scholarships, and a variety of service and community engagement initiatives,” Lake said. “Platform1 was designed as an open house to highlight our student, faculty and alumni work, engage our community, and build support for our Friends campaign.”

    To become a member of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, visit

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