Academic Programming

A rigorous academic program is at the core of a Colby education. Students work closely with professors, exploring new ideas, stretching to expand their knowledge and perceptions of the world. Faculty members—world-class teachers and scholars committed to liberal arts education—challenge students in a collaborative learning experience that is transformational for both.

Student Internships and Research
Danny Hoshino '11, left, did research on coral reefs near South Caicos Island.Colby's Career Center encourages students to explore career choices by completing at least one internship during January or the summer. Research has shown that students who do internships find it easier, after graduation, to get quality employment or gain entry into graduate school. Internships broaden students' awareness of career fields and jobs, and they provide unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings.

Colby is recognized as a leader when it comes to incorporating research into undergraduate education across the curriculum. Grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other sources have expanded opportunities for students to learn by doing—in laboratories, classrooms, and in the field. At national meetings of science organizations such as the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and the Geological Society of America, Colby students are overrepresented among liberal arts undergraduates presenting research findings.

Support Opportunities

Oak Fellow Jestina Mukoko
The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
Colby is nationally recognized for offering world-class academic programs and a growing array of civic engagement opportunities. Through the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Colby students make connections between their work in the classroom and contemporary political, economic, and social issues.

Opportunities to support Goldfarb Center activities »

Student Internship and Research Funds
Internships usually take place at off-campus job sites and are monitored by on-site work supervisors, but the majority are unpaid positions—students must find resources to support themselves during their internships. Likewise, not all students can afford to take unpaid research opportunities during the summer or Jan Plan.

Colby seeks to raise $1 million in endowment to support deserving students during summer or Jan Plan internships and unpaid research opportunities.

Gifts to support internships and student research opportunities may also be made to these funds:

Thomas Tietenberg Endowed Internship Fund Initiative »

Undergraduate Summer
Research Retreat »