Our students benefit from learning that combines theoretical discussions in the classroom with real world experience. Hands-on professional growth opportunities ensure students are prepared to succeed. Graduates' employment rate is over 90% for the last five years.
Internships and field placements are the hallmark of a Lesley education. They begin as early as freshman year for undergraduates, helping to affirm (or sometimes reconsider) career aspirations. Field-based learning is then integrated into the classroom, where students share and reflect on their experiences with peers and faculty, who provide guidance and insight throughout the process. As students build knowledge and skills, their field experiences intensify, leading to more responsibility and professional development. While internship and field placement opportunities vary by chosen major or program, most students will graduate with over 300 hours of real-world learning, building both their resumes, and professional contacts.
*Based on completed surveys of graduates of all schools and programs, excluding Threshold students.
"At Lesley University, the field placement office found a classroom that matched my professional interests. After completing my early field experience and 14-week practicum at the Peabody School in Cambridge, I accepted a full-time teaching position there the next fall."
- Dan Tobin, M.Ed., 2011
Lesley's location gives students access to superb internship opportunities. A representative list of recent internship and field placement locations includes:
Ken Burns Films Magnum PhotoWCVB TVConde Nast PublicationsMuseum of Fine ArtsMuseum of ScienceSaint Elizabeth's HospitalAIDS Action CommitteeMcLean Hospital
Director of the CLAS Internship Office; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Art and Design Majors
Counseling and Psychology
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Lesley University undergraduate students talk about the value of their internship and field experiences.