Philosophy students have many opportunities for experiential learning that prepare them for further work in the field. The Eastern Universtity Philosophical Society is a student-run club that provides experience organizing lectures and other events. A yearly intercollegiate colloquium at Grove City college offers a taste of what an academic conference is like.
EU philosophy students have participated in internships and summer programs with a variety of organizations such as the Elm Institute in New Haven, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Many join the Paideia Seminar, a discussion group with students from Villanova and Penn as well as Eastern, which is partly sponsored by the Agora Institute.
The Agora Institute also offers a number of fellowships (see http://agorainstitute.org/academic-programs/agora-fellows-program). Agora Fellows have worked as research assistants and editorial assistants on faculty research projects—a very valuable experience to bring into graduate school.