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

ISL connects students and faculty from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic disciplines, and interests with community-based organizations across the globe. By engaging directly with poverty, disability, conservation, health, education, sustainability, and other important issues, students are able to better understand both the impacts of development at individual and community levels as well as gain a better understanding of the challenges and successes involved in international development.

More information, please visit International Service Learning website.