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Study Away: Domestic Opportunities

For further information on any of the following programs, contact Lori Bristol at (610) 225-5010 or lbristol@eastern.edu

Domestic Quick Links:

    American Studies Program
    AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies
    Contemporary Music Center
    Los Angeles Film Studies Center
    Nyack College Washington Semester
    Oregon Extension
    Washington Journalism Center

Founded in 1976, The American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students as a "Washington, DC campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the student's talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of organizations. Participants also explore pressing national and international topics in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis and real-world experience.

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AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies is a Christian environmental stewardship organization whose mission is to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of Creation. They offer numerous courses in environmental biology, chemistry and related areas during May term and two Summer sessions. Most courses are held on the campus in Michigan, with others offered occasionally in Washington State, India and Costa Rica. During the academic year, AuSable offers a semester-long internship program in environmental education, including substantial teaching experience with children in both outdoor and lab settings.

AuSable does not qualify for federal and state financial assistance, but offers its own scholarships, fellowships, and work study toward tuition and/or room and board.

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The Contemporary Music Center provides a semester-long opportunity for students considering a career in contemporary music in any area -- creative or business, Christian or secular. The program offers three tracks:  the Artist, business or Technical Track. Located in Nashville, TN,  the program seeks to develop artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production and delivery.

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The Los Angeles Film Studies Center introduces students to the work and workings of Hollywood and prepares them to serve in various aspects of the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. The program was inaugurated in 1991 and is located near major production studios. The semester-long program combines seminar courses with an internship in various segments of the film industry, providing students with an opportunity to explore the industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective.

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Nyack College Washington Semester allows you to learn in the places where policies and people meet.  Get hands-on experience in public service and policy, and explore Washington, D.C. through a new lens.  The Washington Semester program invites undergraduate students to spend one semester at the Washington, D.C. campus of Nyack College.  With an emphasis on experiential learning students will earn 15 academic credits and accrue up to 220 hours of practical, internship experience.  Washington Semester students are also afforded access to a network of experts in business, government, faith-based, and non-profit organizations.

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The Oregon Extension offers a semester of community living and intensive seminar/tutorial-style liberal arts studies while living in cabins in the Cascade Mountains of rural Oregon. The low faculty to student ratio permits discussion of how Christian truth relates to academic study and the big questions of life. The setting allows extensive hiking and dialogue about environmental topics. After each class segment is completed, students take group trips backpacking in the mountains, to the Oregon coast and to San Francisco. The program runs fall semester only.

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Students attending the Washington Journalism Center will take classes focusing on the history and future of the media and how it relates to the public as well as to their personal writing skills.  These classes, combined with an internship at a top news publication, will help students learn to integrate their faith in a journalism career.  Students will also participate in service learning opportunities as well as live with families in homestays as part of the WJC experience.

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