STEM Beyond the classroom

Studying STEM at Union means more than taking classes or working in the lab. On campus and off, there are great ways to become involved in activities geared toward your interests.

Benita Lopez '21 interning at Zendesk in San Francisco
COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJOR BENITA LOPEZ '21 INTERNED AT ZENDESK IN SAN FRANCISCO.

On campus

There are more than 130 student clubs, from beekeeping to robotics. Here’s a sampling for the scientifically and technically inclined. Don’t see something you like? Our Student Activities Office can help you start your own.

  • Baja Club
  • Beekeeping Club
  • Biology Club
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)v
  • Environmental Action Clubv
  • Mathematics Club
  • MEDLIFE
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Ozone House
  • Partners for World Health
  • Pre-Health Society
  • Red Cross Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Rocket Club
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Club
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • U-Sustain

There are more than 130 student clubs, from beekeeping to robotics. Here’s a sampling for the scientifically and technically inclined. Don’t see something you like? Our Student Activities Office can help you start your own.

  • Baja Club
  • Beekeeping Club
  • Biology Club
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)v
  • Environmental Action Clubv
  • Mathematics Club
  • MEDLIFE
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Ozone House
  • Partners for World Health
  • Pre-Health Society
  • Red Cross Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Rocket Club
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Club
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • U-Sustain

Off campus

Biomedical Engineering Summer Clinical Immersion Program

Working at a local medical college and its affiliated hospital over six weeks, students shadow doctors and residents in the thick of their clinical duties, from patient rounds to surgeries. They help identify the biomedical challenges associated with equipment and devices used in patient treatment—and then return to the Union campus to design solutions as part of their two-term senior capstone course.

CARE Program

Students who are selected as CARE (Community Action, Research and Education) fellows volunteer up to 30 hours a week at the Joan Nicole Prince Home for terminally ill patients. For eight weeks during the summer, they serve as surrogate family members to hospice patients, and also do coursework and research on end-of-life and palliative care.

Internships

  • Boston Museum of Science
  • FloDesign Wind Turbine
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Harvard Psychophysiology Lab
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • MGE Engineering
  • MiSci (Museum of Science and Innovation)
  • NASA
  • Nature Conservancy
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research
  • Semprus Bioscience
  • Sierra Leone Health Care
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Yale Bioethics Institute

Blake Newcomer '21 interning at the California Academy of Sciences
GEOLOGY AND ECONOMICS MAJOR BLAKE NEWCOMER '21 DIGITIZED MICROFOSSIL METADATA AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.

San Francisco Internship on Innovation and Creativity

Union students get a firsthand look at the culture of Silicon Valley while working for start-ups and other companies during this term away. The program combines an internship with a course in culture and entrepreneurship, which includes readings, field notes, and meetings with key employers and alumni in the area. About half of the students work in STEM-related fields. Most recently, participants have interned at the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, the software company Zendesk, a student loan refinancing start-up, and numerous nonprofits.

Union students riding camels

STEM Abroad

We offer nearly 40 full terms and mini-terms abroad in 25 countries, from Argentina to Vietnam. Most programs are led by Union faculty. Challenge yourself academically and personally. Learn a new language. Volunteer for a community project. Experience another culture. You’ll also find opportunities for international field research and internships.