One of the best things about being close to New York City is the wealth of learning opportunities beyond the classroom. No matter your professional interest, people in NYC are doing it successfully, and we’ll help you connect with them.  

Of course, it’s not all about NYC. Great things are happening nearby in nonprofit and cultural organizations, biotech firms, public schools, theatres, art galleries, and more in Westchester County and Connecticut.


Improve the chance of landing your dream job. It’s a fact that internships give you a competitive edge with future employers. Purchase students have interned with financial analysts, gallery buyers, commercial productions, animal rights advocates, architects, painters, executives, and more. Our Career Development Center can help you sort through the possibilities to find your best fit and then help you apply.

Service Learning

Purchase has a longtime commitment to giving back—locally and globally. Many choose to volunteer their time and energy to service-learning partners including NYPIRG, Teach for America, and Voto Latino, among many others. Purchase Alternative Service Trips (PAST) turn school breaks into opportunities to serve others in the U.S. and beyond.

Beyond the Classroom

Now more than ever, teaching and learning aren’t confined to the classroom. Co-curricular opportunities abound, including opportunities for leadership, collaborative study groups, lectures and workshops presented by leaders and influencers, social networking, alumni mentorship, student productions and performances, and more.

Many courses build community engagement and experiential learning into the syllabus, so you won’t have to look far to get your hands dirty.

The Senior Project

Every student, regardless of major or GPA, creates original work for their required Senior Project. The experience is often pivotal, and the benefits are lasting.