Experiential Learning

BIE Research Internship

Top performing BIE students will have an opportunity to work with research faculty members at UBC and gain hands on experiences in conducting academic research. Many students go on to be hired as paid research assistants after completing the unpaid research internship.

  • Match top Year 3 students to research faculty.
  • Applications are invited after students complete Year 2.
  • 40 hours of unpaid work and at least 5 hours of mentorship from the professor.
  • Students will now have taken intermediate micro and macro, statistics, econometrics in Year 2, and will have a working knowledge of Stata.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CBEL) 

The Centre for Community Engaged Learning collaborates with students, staff, faculty and community partners to work through complex community-based issues, both locally and internationally. Their programs place students in community settings (non-profits and inner city schools) either as a required part of an academic course, or through voluntary co-curricular placements like Trek and Reading Week for a hands-on, immersive experience.

International Service Learning 

International Service Learning or ISL provides students the opportunity to contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. ISL challenges participants to apply their discipline to real-world issues while aiming to make a positive impact in solidarity with their host organization

Students can participate in a variety of different programs with International Service Learning, including:

  • Reading Week Placements: an introductory experience for students who seek to explore service learning. Over the course of the week, students will be introduced by the community partners to some of the biggest issues facing development.
  • Course-Based Placements: During course-based placements, students are partnered with community organizations abroad for twelve weeks. They spend this time working with their community partner towards supporting the organization mandate and addressing broader facets of social change. Combining these placements with courses such as history, economics, sociology, or psychology allows students to earn course credit in a unique learning environment that fosters the application and critique of theory to practice.
  • Co-Curricular Placements: During co-curricular placements, students are able to apply directly to partner with a particular community on a focused issue for twelve weeks. Potential areas of focus may relate to sustainability, literacy, education, micro-finance and more. Students will assist their community partners in implementing projects that produce positive change.