Experiential Learning

Transformative Learning

At Houghton, we believe in providing you with opportunities to take what you are learning in the classroom and apply it in real time to solve real-world problems – readying you for your future career and vocation.

Experiential learning opportunities are built into the curriculum of every academic program at Houghton, and can include hands-on courses, research experiences, study abroad programs, internships and more.

Study Off-Campus

Live in Rwanda, Africa for a semester and learn about community development and reconciliation in the wake of the 1993 genocide. Experience Thailand for a semester in southeast Asia and learn about social justice issues, such as human trafficking. Take a three- three-week class abroad in Central America, South America, or Europe.

Explore Off-Campus Studies


Houghton students apply their academic learning to real-world work settings through internships in local and global settings. These experiences allow students to explore career interests and build their professional network, sometimes resulting in jobs immediately following graduation.

Learn more about internships


Through collaborative research opportunities, students address the deep needs and issues of the world through firsthand, transformative experiences. Guided by faculty mentors, students are actively involved in the entire research process – from defining the problem, developing solutions, and even presenting their findings at regional and national conferences.

Explore the Shannon Summer Research Institute
Houghton Data Science Students at Nashville Speedway

Data Science Meets NASCAR

Center for Data Science Analytics

The Houghton Data Analytics Team spent the weekend at the "ALLY 400" NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee collecting data in real-time.

Discover how Data Science Students Improved the NASCAR Fan Experience

Recent Internship Opportunities

A sampling of internships from Summer 2022 through Spring 2023.

Walt Disney Company

Texas Rangers

Global Partners

  • Aurora Veterinary Clinic
  • Belfast Central School District
  • Calvary Church
  • Camp Bayouca
  • Compass Ministries
  • Cuba Patriot
  • Day Seven Ministries
  • Deloitte
  • Fillmore PowerHouse
  • GetFit Alleghany
  • Hartford Healthcare
  • Houghton Wesleyan Church
  • Huron Forest Camp Cedar Ridge
  • Kentwood Community Church
  • Lippert Components
  • Spruce Elementary School
  • StableStrides
  • Tiffany and Design
  • Ultimate Power Company, LLC
  • Victory Highway Wesleyan Church
  • Vince Wagner
  • Wood Family Wellness
Ella Osuzoka in business conference room

An Internship Lays a Path for the Future

Ella Osuzoka leapt at an opportunity to work for Deloitte after KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) came to one of her Houghton classes. KPMG and Deloitte are two of the “Big Four” accounting firms that spread their services to over 150 countries worldwide.

Learn How Houghton Had An Impact On Her Work

Hands-on Learning For All Interests

See what students have achieved while still at Houghton.

For the Entrepeneurs

Let your ideas shine in a competition.
Agri-Tech Start-Up CompetitionAnnual Startup Allegany Collegiate Competition

For the Problem Solvers

Engage in a meaningful real world project.
Using Data Science In Bible TranslationData Science Interview with MLB Scout

For the Explorers

Immerse yourself in a cultural experience.
Explore London Honors

Experiential learning prepares Houghton graduates to launch successful careers.

See Where They've Gone