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At Simmons, we believe the best way to prepare for a career is to experience it. Dive right in and test the waters. With this goal, Simmons students fulfill their independent learning requirement (at least eight credits) through internships, fieldwork, and other forms of independent study. In doing so, they gain skills, confidence, and perspective. They also develop impressive resumes and a network of professional contacts.
With faculty guidance, students may spend one or more semesters interning for Boston's world-renowned research and teaching hospitals, businesses, museums, schools, nonprofit organizations, or any one of the hundreds of workplaces that count on Simmons interns. All internships provide valuable professional experience, and many students accept positions with their internship employers after graduation.
Similar to an internship, fieldwork puts more emphasis on research and may be better suited, for example, to students studying biology, chemistry, or psychology. Simmons students regularly present their research findings at professional conferences and co-publish their work with faculty mentors.
Simmons students also may develop independent study projects on subjects that they're passionate about. This work requires motivation, self-discipline, and innovative thinking—important skills to take into the workplace. Additionally, some students may choose to pursue a senior thesis and explore a topic in depth. Departments also offer an honors option for independent study.
Long-term goal: To be a well-known news anchor or host a nationwide syndication show such as The Today Show or Entertainment Tonight.