Field Experience and Study Abroad

Field Research

Available to science, environmental and technical writing students at the junior or senior level, this program provides practical experience in scientific research and science writing for students who work on and write about research projects directed by university scientists and engineers. Another segment of the program allows students to attend major scientific meetings as fully accredited science reporters. Students observe professional science writers in action and write their own stories about the scientific sessions and press conferences held at the meetings.

Study Abroad & Washington Semester

Study abroad is an increasingly important component of an undergraduate education. With a strong international emphasis, the department has links to numerous study-abroad programs in Europe, South America and Australia. Students most often study abroad in spring of their junior year.

The Washington Semester is available each year for six juniors or seniors to spend a term studying in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with American University. Lehigh University is a member with 180 other colleges and universities. Students enroll at Lehigh but spend the semester in residence at American University with the students from other participating colleges. The curriculum consists of national-government seminars, an internship, and a written research project. Besides the national government program, the student may choose other program offerings such as economic policy semester, journalism, public administration, foreign policy semester and justice semester.


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