Something that every DePaul student has to fulfill is their Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) credit
. There are many ways to fulfill your JYEL credit, like through a study abroad program, an internship, or community-based service learning. I currently am in the midst of fulfilling this credit through an internship.
I have an unconventional internship
as it is not at a company or organization. I am a research assistant for a professor in the Health Sciences department through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program. At the end of last year, my professor and I both filled out an application for the program and we were accepted, which means that I get paid for the research that I am doing (a huge perk)! We are looking at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Chicago.
Along with this research position, I am enrolled in a 4-credit University Internship Program (UIP) class about careers in the nonprofit sector. The combination of the class and the research position makes me eligible for JYEL credit. It is a somewhat unconventional way to fulfill the credit, but I am really enjoying it so far. It is a lot of work, but it is rewarding.
Every student has to fulfill their JYEL credit and if you are interested in research, I really recommend this route!