Extra- and Co-Curricular Support

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Working with partners across the University, the Honors College provides extracurricular programs and support to help our students explore themselves and the world around them, accentuating the importance of bringing the knowledge they gain through their academic work to bear on their communities and themselves.

Our innovative student affairs and professional development staff develop and oversee unique and dedicated leadership opportunities, engaged service opportunities, including service trips, networking and career-preparation events and workshops, internships, social activities, and more. These programs help to bind together our students’ experiences in and out of the classroom, allowing them to grow and explore the multiple facets of their own personal development. See below for highlighted programs.

Professional Development Programs

We frequently hear that the best Rutgers students have grit and determination that set them apart from any other school in the country. Our Honors College Professional Development Programs consist of a series of opportunities exposing students to distinguished alumni and industry experts who are uniquely qualified to engage students beyond traditional programming.

Funding allows us to support students so that their own financial situation is not a barrier to their participation and exploration in programs such as our Winternship program consisting of week-long project-based externships during the second week of January.

Service Learning

The Honors College is founded on the idea of doing well by doing good–it’s at our core. As part of our curriculum, we offer students many hands-on service opportunities in New Brunswick, across New Jersey, and around the world.

Our mission is not only to train the next generation of leaders, but also to develop well-rounded individuals who give back to their communities. In support of this essential element of our mission, we provide our students with service opportunities in the New Brunswick area, and they often volunteer in their home communities. But to realize what they study in our mission course, the Forum–about broader, global needs–they must engage directly with communities that are new to them and beyond their usual experience. During service learning trips, students learn about the needs of others here and globally, and how to engage in meaningful ways with communities while exploring different cultures and collaborating with others toward a common goal.